Prog 2017: The Year In Review
Dec11

Prog 2017: The Year In Review

Progressive Rock is not dead. It’s been relegated to the back of the line but it refuses to go away. And this is the time of year I get to reflect on all of the previous twelve month’s worth of proggy goodness that my ears have received. Yeah, it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it. There’s an endless supply of records and bands from around the globe – more so each year, it seems. This is...

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Bully: Losing [Album Review]
Nov07

Bully: Losing [Album Review]

Bully Losing Sub Pop Records [2017] Fire Note Says:The sophomore slump stings Nashville band – despite the band’s good intentions. Album Review: Nostalgia is a tricky thing. Go too far in one direction and you’re a tribute act, not far enough and you’re panned for being too derivative. There’s a delicate balance at play. Bully know all about it. Their excellent debut, 2015’s Feels Like, walked the...

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Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman: North American Tour 2017 [Concert Review]
Sep18

Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman: North American Tour 2017 [Concert Review]

Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman: Fraze Pavillion, Kettering, Ohio – Sept. 12, 2017 The “New” Version of Yes hit all the right notes! As a newly-minted member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame you would think that all would be peace and love in Yes world. In case you haven’t been following along with their internal politics … shortly after bass legend Chris Squire passed away in 2015, the other...

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Deerhoof: Mountain Moves [Album Review]
Sep05

Deerhoof: Mountain Moves [Album Review]

Deerhoof Mountain Moves Joyful Noise Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: The more things change the more Deerhoof stay kind of the same. Album Review: The headline above should in no way be read as a slight against the seminal noise-pop pioneers. In the twenty years since their first album, Deerhoof has been one of the most consistently brave and gloriously unhinged band ever. Their angular, unsettling take on pop music has evolved over...

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Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven [Album Review]
Aug09

Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven [Album Review]

Guided By Voices How Do You Spell Heaven GBV, Inc. [2017] Fire Note Says: The revamped Guided By Voices continue their hot streak with an instant classic. Album Review: You can be forgiven for missing some of Robert Pollard’s output – the discography is indeed deep and daunting. That said, let me put this right out front: there are no excuses for skipping this one. Technically, this is the twenty-fourth GbV album (not...

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