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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Waxahatchee: Out In The Storm [Album Review]
Jul26

Waxahatchee: Out In The Storm [Album Review]

Waxahatchee Out In The Storm Merge Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Katie Crutchfield continues to impress with a tight and inspired set. Album Review: If you don’t know the names Waxahatchee or Katie Crutchfield don’t feel too bad. Now you do and, if I’m right, so will a large swath of the music consuming public. Her songs are full of the imagery of millennial youth: loss and hope, desperation and exhilaration. Unlike...

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The Mountain Goats: Goths [Album Review]
May31

The Mountain Goats: Goths [Album Review]

The Mountain Goats Goths Merge Records [2017] Fire Note Says: John Darnielle tweaks his approach for his 16th proper album. Album Review: As story tellers go, John Darnielle has few peers: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Sufjan Stevens, maybe a handful of other names, but the league to which he belongs is exclusive indeed. For the uninitiated, Darnielle began The Mountain Goats with a guitar, a cassette recorder and lots and lots of songs....

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