Pile: Green And Gray [Album Review]
May02

Pile: Green And Gray [Album Review]

Pile Green and Gray Exploding in Sound Records [2019] Who: Boston-based Pile are back with a sprawling and epic-sounding 7th LP. Sound: Green and Gray, sounds like a Pile record, it is a lot slower, longer, more nuanced, but still has impact. It just takes time to get there. TFN Final Take: By the time most bands get to their 2nd or 3rd LP, they have already lost steam and are out of ideas. Not so for Pile. There are still ideas and...

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Plains: Peace In Restland [Album Review]
Mar05

Plains: Peace In Restland [Album Review]

Plains Peace in Restland Self-Released [2019] Who: Plains are a Newmarket, New Hampshire-based quartet . Sound: Peace in Restland, Plains debut LP, is an engaging blend of psychedelic Americana folk and punk. TFN Final Take: I decided to check out Plains on a whim after seeing their name on a show poster as a supporting act for Rick Rude along with Greed Island. I love both those bands, so I gave them a whirl. Glad I did. This debut...

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Smug Brothers: Attic Harvest [Album Review]
Feb19

Smug Brothers: Attic Harvest [Album Review]

Smug Brothers Attic Harvest Gas Daddy Go! Records [2019] Who: Dayton, Ohio-based Smug Brothers make a dream come true and finally release an album on vinyl. Attic Harvest is a dream for us listeners, too. Sound: Attic Harvest features a new lineup for Smug Brothers, but not to worry, Smug Brothers still showcase catchy and charming lo-to-mid-fi songs from Kyle Melton. TFN Final Take: Attic Harvest sees some rather drastic changes for...

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Mike Krol: Power Chords [Album Review]
Feb13

Mike Krol: Power Chords [Album Review]

Mike Krol Power Chords Merge Records [2019] Who: LA-based Mike Krol is all about the power chords and hooks on his new LP. Sound: Power Chords is a delightful balancing act of garage rock, fuzz , power pop and earnest lyrics. TFN Final Take: Power Chords is the first Mike Krol album I have heard. I completely missed his first three releases, not sure how that happened, but it did. However, Power Chords as an intro album to the world...

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Flat Worms: Into The Iris [Album Review]
Feb06

Flat Worms: Into The Iris [Album Review]

Flat Worms Into The Iris Drag City/GOD? Records [2019] Who: LA-based noise punk trio, Flat Worms are poised to take over the world, or at least what you are listening to. Sound: Into the Iris see the Flat Worms sharpen their hooks and keeping things lean with a very accessible and aggressive noise pop hybrid. TFN Final Take: I first heard Flat Worms at the very end of 2018. One of my favorite music blogs recommended their The...

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