Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! [Album Review]
May18

Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! [Album Review]

Parquet Courts Wide Awake! Rough Trade Records [2018] Who: Indie rock icons, Parquet Courts shift gears and deliver a fresh and vital album. Sound: Parquet Courts join forces with producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse and come dangerously close to recording their best album. TFN Final Take: When I heard that Parquet Courts were teaming up with Danger Mouse for their fifth LP, Wide Awake!, I wasn’t sure what to expect. That may have...

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Astral Swans: Strange Prison [Album Review]
May07

Astral Swans: Strange Prison [Album Review]

Astral Swans Strange Prison Tiny Room Records [2018] Who: Calgary’s Astral Swans sophomore LP, Strange Prison is a haunting and stark look into the imaginative psyche of songwriter Matthew Swann . Sound: Matthew Swann’s quirky blend of lo-fi melancholic folk rock stays with you long after the album finishes playing. TFN Final Take: 2015’s My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson was my introduction to the world of Astral Swan’s...

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Greed Island: Nest Egg [Album Review]
Apr12

Greed Island: Nest Egg [Album Review]

Greed Island Nest Egg Salty Speakers [2018] Who: Dover, New Hampshire’s Greed Island 7-track EP, Nest Egg, is one of the best things I have heard in 2018. Sound: Greed Island generate a heady buzz with their brand of indie guitar rock that will remind listeners of Archers of Loaf, Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. TFN Final Take: Around June of last year I was falling in love with Rick Rude’s brilliant LP, Make Mine Tuesday. With adoration...

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Shell Of A Shell: Already There EP [Album Review]
Mar19

Shell Of A Shell: Already There EP [Album Review]

Shell Of A Shell Already There EP Exploding In Sound Records [2018] Who: Nashville, Tennessee quartet, Shell of a Shell craft a delightful debut EP with Already There. Sound: Shell of a Shell will delight fans of Exploding In Sounds Record’s artist roster. They are a blend of Pile’s edginess mixed with a penchant for laidback and loose Helvetia-esque psychedelia. TFN Final Take: Chappy Hull (Gnarwhal) has a really strong debut on his...

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Superchunk: What A Time To Be Alive [Album Review]
Feb27

Superchunk: What A Time To Be Alive [Album Review]

Superchunk What A Time To Be Alive Merge Records [2018] Who: Chapel Hill’s Superchunk pull no punches and hit the current U.S. administration On the Mouth for being so Foolish. Sound: A relentless, urgent slice of Superchunk’s style of power-pop punk that never takes its foot off the gas. TFN Final Take: Superchunk have put the pedal to the metal on What A Time to Be Alive. The album is a politically charged piece of indie rock...

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