Alvvays: Antisocialites [Album Review]
Oct17

Alvvays: Antisocialites [Album Review]

Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Alvvays’s second album is an indie pop delight. Album Review: Alvvays made a splash three years ago with their self-titled debut. Their jangle pop was both interesting and fun, and it produced a couple of solid singles. The question is: will Alvvays be able to revisit those heights on album #2, Antisocialites? The Toronto band, fronted by Molly Rankin, comes out of the...

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Cage The Elephant: Unpeeled [Album Review]
Oct16

Cage The Elephant: Unpeeled [Album Review]

Cage The Elephant Unpeeled RCA Records [2017] Fire Note Says: A clever way to appreciate a consistent rock band. Album Review: As someone who’s writing his third Cage The Elephant review, it surprises me how much I enjoyed Unpeeled. Let me explain: Each studio album for Cage The Elephant has varied in its highs and lows, but if you cherry pick the best tracks from each one, add a few interesting covers, and record it live, you get a...

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Dude York: Sincerely [Album Review]
Sep26

Dude York: Sincerely [Album Review]

Dude York Sincerely Hardly Art Records [2017] Who: Dude York is a three-piece band (Peter Richards, Claire England, Andrew Hall) from Seattle. Sound: Power pop with a punk rock twist. TFN Final Take: There is a lot to like with Dude York’s debut LP, Sincerely. Two elements really work: the band’s use of tempo to keep you off balance and the straightforward lyrics that are also relatable. The lyrics shine on album closer “Time’s Not On...

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: The Echo Of Pleasure [Album Review]
Sep21

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: The Echo Of Pleasure [Album Review]

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart The Echo of Pleasure Painbow Records [2017] Who: Brainchild of Kip Berman and other touring members. Sound: Indie pop heavily influenced by New Wave. TFN Final Take: 2017 has been awesome for music fans. Many new and returning artists have put out influential stuff. It’s a shame that The Pains of Being Pure At Heart released their fourth album in this environment. Berman is a master of the sound he has...

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Haim: Something To Tell You [Album Review]
Sep13

Haim: Something To Tell You [Album Review]

Haim Something To Tell You Columbia Records [2017] Who: Trio of sisters from Los Angeles. Sound: Guitar-heavy pop music. TFN Final Take: There’s no doubt that Haim can construct an earworm; they have the talent to tap into the brain chemistry that creates pleasing sensations. This is most evident on the song “Kept Me Crying,” a drum-heavy number that is a nice-change-up on Something To Tell You. It’s a gem hidden in a lot of pop songs...

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