Iron & Wine: Beast Epic [Album Review]
Oct23

Iron & Wine: Beast Epic [Album Review]

Iron & Wine Beast Epic Sub Pop Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Sam Beam takes Iron & Wine back to basics on LP number six. Album Review: Ever since the first Iron & Wine album, 2002’s The Creek Drank The Cradle, the band has consistently added new dimensions to their basic sound. From the dense, layered production of The Shepherd’s Dog to the keyboard textures of Kiss Each Other Clean and the jazz experimentation of...

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David Payne: Cheaper Than Therapy EP [Album Review]
Sep13

David Payne: Cheaper Than Therapy EP [Album Review]

David Payne Cheaper Than Therapy EP Self-Released [2017] Fire Note Says: New Old Fashioned frontman David Payne goes back to basics with this strong 6-song EP. Album Review: Sometimes when inspiration hits and the songs start pouring out of you, the urge to get them out into the world becomes too much to bear. That’s what happened for lead singer and songwriter for Dayton band The New Old Fashioned, who decided the six songs on this...

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Triptides: Afterglow [Album Review]
Aug08

Triptides: Afterglow [Album Review]

Triptides Afterglow Requiem Pour Un Twister [2017] Fire Note Says: Triptides’ 12-string jangle drifts pleasantly along, occasionally punching through the psychedelic haze. Album Review: Jangle-pop is a hard sub-genre to make one’s mark in. Originating with The Byrds’ landmark rock ‘n’ roll reimagining of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” in 1965, the genre has always placed an emphasis on the thin yet resonant sound created by...

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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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