Orville Peck: Pony [Album Review]
Aug23

Orville Peck: Pony [Album Review]

Orville Peck Pony Sub Pop Records [2019] Fire Note Says: Orville Peck is the Great North American queer cowboy wonder. Album Review: Saddle up partner, because we’re going on a wild ride with one of the biggest breakout stars of 2019: Orville Peck, a gay Canadian country singer who hides his face behind a be-fringed black leather mask and commands a booming, buttery voice that could conquer canyons and parries from the shores of Lake...

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Dave Hause: Kick [Album Review]
Aug22

Dave Hause: Kick [Album Review]

Dave Hause Kick Rise Records [2019] Fire Note Says: Dave Hause’s fourth record is a satisfying blend of familiar styles. Album Review: “Wouldn’t it be nice just to be bold?” asks Dave Hause in the closing seconds of the first track on his fourth record Kick. “I used to be bold,” he reminds us, and perhaps himself. In a sense, it’s a fitting opening to Hause’s 2019 release – an understated but comfortable follow up to 2017’s raucous...

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The National: I Am Easy To Find [Album Review]
May22

The National: I Am Easy To Find [Album Review]

The National I Am Easy To Find 4AD [2019] Fire Note Says: If I Am Easy to Find was a debut record, it’d be the best of the year. Album Review: There is a timeline in which, after the release of their breakthrough 2014 record Trouble Will Find Me, The National grew content, decided to avoid musical risks, and abandoned the experimentation that drove them toward indie stardom throughout the 2000s. Fortunately, we’re not on that...

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Keuning: Prismism [Album Review]
Jan31

Keuning: Prismism [Album Review]

Keuning Prismism Pretty Faithful [2019] Fire Note Says: The debut solo record from The Killers’ lead guitarist Dave Keuning is an earnest and fun ‘80s-inspired pop-rock success. Album Review: While promoting Prismism, his surprisingly sweet solo debut, The Killers’ guitarist Dave Keuning lamented of his songs, “I had shown them to the Killers, but they always fell to the bottom of the pile.” If that’s true, it’s a damn shame....

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Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow [Album Review]
Jan28

Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow [Album Review]

Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow Jagjaguwar [2019] Fire Note Says: Remind Me Tomorrow isn’t a total reinvention of the wheel, but it’s a welcome evolution that finds Sharon Van Etten at the top of her game. Album Review: Ever wondered what it would sound like if Arcade Fire and The National teamed up? No? Well, now you don’t have to. Remind Me Tomorrow, the new record from indie rock maven Sharon Van Etten, is a synth-soaked, mid...

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