Bell X1: Arms [Album Review]
Jul19

Bell X1: Arms [Album Review]

Bell X1 Arms Belly Up Records [2017] Who: Irish trio with the ability to play just about any style of music. Sound: Understated rock that rewards the attentive listener. TFN Final Take: Bell X1’s seventh studio album, Arms, is another solid effort from the Irish band. What’s most impressive about the group is their ability to change their sound from song to song – the first single “The Upswing” sounds like a ‘70’s...

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Shelby Earl: The Man Who Made Himself A Name [Album Review]
Jul14

Shelby Earl: The Man Who Made Himself A Name [Album Review]

Shelby Earl The Man Who Made Himself A Name Nine Mile Records [2017] Who: Shelby Earl is a singer-songwriter from Seattle who has released her third full-length album. Sound: Rock as a backdrop for storytelling. TFN Final Take: Sometimes you can recognize someone’s talent yet fail to connect with it. This happened with me and Shelby Earl – her music is compelling and fills a near-void in female-oriented rock music. Her...

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Bleachers: Gone Now [Album Review]
Jul11

Bleachers: Gone Now [Album Review]

Bleachers Gone Now RCA Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Bleachers sophomore continues the emo-pop stylings. Album Review: Jack Antonoff is back with his second Bleachers album, Gone Now. Antonoff has seen his star rise in the last three years, since his debut LP came out. He’s been writing and producing for many other pop stars (e.g., Taylor Swift, Lorde), influencing the sounds that you hear on the radio right now. The first Bleachers...

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Beach Fossils: Somersault [Album Review]
Jun29

Beach Fossils: Somersault [Album Review]

Beach Fossils Somersault Bayonet Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Beach Fossils keep things moving and interesting on Somersault. Album Review: Beach Fossils are impressive for many reasons, but the other bands that started as their offshoots is attention-grabbing. Former members John Pena and Cole Smith started Heavenly Beat, and DIIV, respectively. While Beach Fossils sit firmly in the shoegaze/indie pop realm, their sound does tend...

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Matthew Sweet: Tomorrow Forever [Album Review]
Jun26

Matthew Sweet: Tomorrow Forever [Album Review]

Matthew Sweet Tomorrow Forever Honeycomb Hideout/Sony/RED [2017] Fire Note Says: Matthew Sweet is back after a six-year hiatus and Tomorrow Forever finds him in top form. Album Review: With 11 albums under his belt, Matthew Sweet knows who he is. This eleventh LP, Tomorrow Forever, sees Sweet return to his power pop roots with clean, hooky songs with just enough of his trademark weirdness and confessionals to make things interesting....

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