Perfume Genius: Set My Heart On Fire Immediately [Album Review]
May29

Perfume Genius: Set My Heart On Fire Immediately [Album Review]

Perfume Genius Set My Heart On Fire ImmediatelyMatador Records [2020] You get the sense listening to the fifth album from Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, that at heart he’s a torch singer. Whatever the musical direction or production style an individual track takes – and he does just about everything here, from dirge-y electronica to buoyant faux-50’s dancefloor pop, maudlin grungy rock, and of course more than his share of torchy...

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Kip & JJ Loui: Show Me State [Album Review]
May28

Kip & JJ Loui: Show Me State [Album Review]

Kip & JJ Loui Show Me StateSelf-Released [2020] Show Me State is a country rock/Americana love letter from songwriters and spouses, Kip & JJ Loui to their home state of Missouri, with music support from members of The Bottle Rockets and Loui’s local club band, Diesel Island. Kip Loui has been a significant presence in the St. Louis music scene for decades, he co-founded Twangfest, a weekend Americana festival, 24 years ago,...

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Steve Earle & The Dukes: Ghosts Of West Virginia [Album Review]
May27

Steve Earle & The Dukes: Ghosts Of West Virginia [Album Review]

Steve Earle & The Dukes Ghosts of West VirginiaNew West Records [2020] In 2010, the worst mining disaster in American history happened at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, killing 29 miners in the explosion. Early this Spring, an Off-Broadway play telling the story of the victims and their families titled “Coal Country,” ran for only a few weeks before the COVID-19 shut-down, with Americana singer/songwriter Steve...

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EOB: Earth [Album Review]
May20

EOB: Earth [Album Review]

EOB EarthCapitol Records [2020] EOB is the moniker used by Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien for this debut solo venture, Earth, the music of which he has said was inspired by a year of living in Brazil with his family and, oddly enough, the 1991 album from the band Primal Scream, Screamidelica. While we’ve heard several solo albums from Radiohead’s de facto leader Thom Yorke, largely electronica focused works, the latest being last...

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Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit: Reunions [Album Review]
May15

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit: Reunions [Album Review]

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit ReunionsSoutheastern Records [2020] In one of the songs on Jason Isbell’s seventh solo album since stepping away from the Drive-By Truckers, the singer sings again about his struggle to maintain his sobriety, “It gets easier, but it never gets easy.” He could just as easily be describing the work of creating transcendent music that lives up to the commercial and critical successes of his two previous...

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