Violent Femmes: Hotel Last Resort [Album Review]
Aug26

Violent Femmes: Hotel Last Resort [Album Review]

Violent Femmes Hotel Last Resort [PIAS] [2019] Fire Note Says: Acoustic folk/punk rockers, Violent Femmes carries forward their unique musical vision for the next decade. Album Review: On their 10th album, 36 years after their self-titled debut that included some of their best-loved songs – “Blister in the Sun,” “Kiss Off,” and “Add It Up,” Violent Femmes remain as delightfully raw, strange and potent as ever. Singer-songwriter Gordon...

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Redd Kross: Beyond The Door [Album Review]
Aug22

Redd Kross: Beyond The Door [Album Review]

Redd Kross Beyond The Door Merge Records [2019] Album Review: Here in the new dark ages, I can think of no better antidote to the political malaise or our troubled times than the return of power-pop (with the emphasis on the “power” & the “pop”) wunderkinds, Redd Kross. Arriving in the 80’s along-side Material Issue, Jellyfish, and a host of bands influenced by the hooky melodicism and raw punk energy of Cheap Trick, Redd Kross...

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The Hold Steady: Thrashing Thru The Passion [Album Review]
Aug14

The Hold Steady: Thrashing Thru The Passion [Album Review]

The Hold Steady Thrashing Thru The Passion Frenchkiss Records [2019] Album Review: Very few fans of The Hold Steady have any doubts about the story writing ability of singer/songwriter Craig Finn, but if anyone did by the release of the band’s sixth and last release, 2014’s Teeth Dreams, we now have three more solo albums by Finn that speak to his skill set. With the most recent of those albums released just back in May, I Need a New...

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Live 2019 [Concert Review]
Aug12

Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Live 2019 [Concert Review]

Jeff Lynne’s ELO w/ Dhani Harrison; ELO Live Tour 2019; Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH – Tuesday, July 30, 2019 When Jeff Lynne played ten shows in the U.S. in August of 2018, his first concerts with the Electric Light Orchestra in 35 years, and then announced 20 more dates for this summer it felt like this was going to be the “don’t miss” event of 2019, and I’m glad I went with the feeling. When the tour stopped in Columbus last...

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Beck & Cage The Elephant w/ Spoon: The Night Running Tour 2019 [Concert Review]
Aug09

Beck & Cage The Elephant w/ Spoon: The Night Running Tour 2019 [Concert Review]

Beck & Cage The Elephant w/ Spoon & Wild Belle; The Night Running Tour 2019; Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – Friday, August 2, 2019 Anybody who saw Beck appear in the “Echo In the Canyon” movie, a film celebrating the music from the LA area in the late 60’s and early 70’s, performing the song “Goin’ Back” (a Carole King song made popular by Dusty Springfield and also recorded by the Byrds) with Jakob Dylan, might...

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