Charly Bliss: Guppy [Album Review]
Jul17

Charly Bliss: Guppy [Album Review]

Charly Bliss Guppy Barsuk Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Charly Bliss’s debut LP Guppy finds the Brooklyn-based punks turning rock conventions on their heads and sewing together sugary-sweet grunge-pop rippers–and having a ton of fun doing it. Album Review: The grunge revival has long been underway, but until now, the Speedy Ortizes, Courtney Barnetts and Sleater-Kinneys of the world have tended to steer clear of unabashed...

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Emperor X: Oversleepers International [Album Review]
Jun21

Emperor X: Oversleepers International [Album Review]

Emperor X Oversleepers International Tiny Engines [2017] Fire Note Says: Offering an up-tempo lyrical tour of politics and contemporary despair, Oversleepers International will bewilder listeners and keep them on their toes with genre-bending arrangements. Album Review: If Conor Oberst had a knack for pop and dropped out of a Political Science PhD. program, he might’ve made Oversleepers International instead of Digital Ash in a...

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The Killers: “The Man” [Single Review]
Jun15

The Killers: “The Man” [Single Review]

The Killers “The Man” Island Records [2017] The Killers are back. And if anybody thought that they would be dialing it back, they’ve got a post-Eighties disco-funk wall of sound to reckon with. The Las Vegas pop rock vets yesterday released the lead single from “Wonderful Wonderful,” their first full length LP since 2012’s “Battle Born.” The song, appropriately titled “The...

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The Smith Street Band: More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me [Album Review]
May30

The Smith Street Band: More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me [Album Review]

The Smith Street Band More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me SideOneDummy Records [2017] Fire Note Says: More Scared of You Than You are of Me is a fast and, ironically, fearless record that excels when its makers refuse to hold back. Album Review: Some bands are at their best when they’re at their tightest—their drums, mechanical. Their guitars, crisp and clear. Their vocals, discernable and poignant. The Smith Street Band is not one...

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Sean Rowe: New Lore [Album Review]
May10

Sean Rowe: New Lore [Album Review]

Sean Rowe New Lore ANTI- [2017] Fire Note Says: Combining ingredients as limited and plain as vocals, piano, strings and silence, Sean Rowe’s New Lore is an endearing and memorable alt folk achievement. Album Review: If not for Sean Rowe’s voice, the most effective, emotionally-loaded moments of his new record New Lore would the record’s well-placed moments of silence. Composed mostly with quiet guitars, delicate pianos and minimal...

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