The Killers: Wonderful Wonderful [Album Review]
Sep25

The Killers: Wonderful Wonderful [Album Review]

The Killers Wonderful Wonderful Island Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Epitomizing the band behind it, Wonderful Wonderful is grandiose, towering and bound to polarize. Album Review: In a lot of ways, The Killers are the Hillary Clinton of radio rock. Just…hear me out on this. Both have enjoyed wild swings in relevance and popularity during their time in the public eye. Both have been roasted by critics for their serious...

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The Blow: Brand New Abyss [Album Review]
Sep21

The Blow: Brand New Abyss [Album Review]

The Blow Brand New Abyss Self-Released [2017] Fire Note Says: On Brand New Abyss, The Blow submerges listeners in an accessible and confessional sea of synths, secrets and electro vibes. Album Review: When people think of electronic music, they typically don’t think of warm, soft synths, frank monologues and sparse arrangements. But with Brand New Abyss, The Blow sets out to change that, blending patient, deliberate song structures...

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Queen Moo: Mean Well [Album Review]
Aug28

Queen Moo: Mean Well [Album Review]

Queen Moo Mean Well Topshelf Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Mean Well is one of the biggest, baddest rock ‘n’ roll records so far this year. Album Review: Clocking in at just under thirty minutes, Mean Well, the second full-length release from Connecticut band Queen Moo, reinvents rock ‘n’ roll in ways you didn’t know you needed. The four piece accomplishes the admirable–and previously unfathomable–feat of balancing...

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Brand New: Science Fiction [Album Review]
Aug18

Brand New: Science Fiction [Album Review]

Brand New Science Fiction Procrastinate! Music Traitors [2017] Fire Note Says: Out of nowhere, Brand New returns with a moody, somber final record that will satisfy longtime fans and initiate legions of new ones. Album Review: For fans of the cagey Long Island emo band Brand New, the past eight years have been a painful drought. The band’s last full-length release, Daisy, capped off a rare four-record-long hot streak that started in...

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En Route: Then Is A Song [Album Review]
Jul27

En Route: Then Is A Song [Album Review]

En Route Then Is A Song Flower Girl Records [2017] Who: En Route is a collective of some of Philadelphia’s most accomplished underground punk musicians. Sound: In five drifting, heavy and quietly groundbreaking songs, En Route makes clear their intention to lead the slowcore revival. TFN Final Take: En Route’s first EP “then is a song,” announces the arrival of an impressive new act aiming to take the resurgent slowcore genre to even...

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