Temples: Volcano [Album Review]
Mar13

Temples: Volcano [Album Review]

Temples Volcano Fat Possum Records [2017] Fire Note Says: New sounds erupt on Temples’ second album. Album Review: Temples seemingly came out of nowhere in early 2014 with their debut album Sun Structures. Packed with fully-formed neo-psychedelic pop and cavernous space rock, Sun Structures set the bar high and garnered the band some well-deserved attention (find my review of it here: HERE). After touring behind the record, Temples...

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Circus Devils: Laughs Best (The Kids Eat It Up) [Album Review]
Feb24

Circus Devils: Laughs Best (The Kids Eat It Up) [Album Review]

Circus Devils Laughs Best (The Kids Eat It Up): Best of Circus Devils Happy Jack Rock Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Circus Devils are sent off in fine fashion with this career-spanning double-LP compilation Album Review: Circus Devils has never been for the casual Robert Pollard fan. The “band,” comprising Pollard and brothers Todd and Tim Tobias, is as unpredictable as they are downright weird: what you find on one album is no...

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M. Ross Perkins: M. Ross Perkins [Album Review]
Nov21

M. Ross Perkins: M. Ross Perkins [Album Review]

M. Ross Perkins M. Ross Perkins SofaBurn Records [2016] Fire Note Says: M. Ross Perkins’ debut LP shows that sometimes all you need to make a great record is yourself, Album Review: It’s been quite a year for Dayton native M. Ross Perkins: he had a track premiered by the High Times website, an album feature/stream on AllMusic, and recorded both his own solo album and a record with fellow Daytonians Me Time. But the hype is...

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The Explorer’s Club: Together [Album Review]
Oct28

The Explorer’s Club: Together [Album Review]

The Explorer’s Club Together Goldstar Recordings [2016] Album Review: The Explorer’s Club are the 2010s equivalent of The Wondermints—Beach Boys worshippers that have done their homework, crafting tunes that may not quite reach the heights of their idols, but get pretty damn close. If their first album (Freedom Wind) was a tribute to the mid-60s “teenage symphony” ideals of Pet Sounds, and the next (Grand Hotel) saw them approaching...

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House Of Heroes: Colors [Album Review]
Sep13

House Of Heroes: Colors [Album Review]

House Of Heroes Colors BC Music [2016] Fire Drill Album Review: House of Heroes have come a long way from their humble beginnings as a pop-punk outfit in the early 2000s. From the gritty, hook-laden songwriting of their self-titled second album to the epic scope and art-rock concepts of 2008’s The End Is Not The End, the band always strives to be more than just a typic rock band. Which is what makes Colors a little disappointing, but...

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