Subways On The Sun: Capsize [Album Review]
Dec03

Subways On The Sun: Capsize [Album Review]

Subways On The Sun Capsize Spartan Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Subways On The Sun build on the strengths of their debut album, producing a sophomore effort that’s anything but a slump. Album Review: A second album is a tricky proposition for a lot of bands. Change direction too much, and you might lose part of the audience you built with the debut. Stick too closely to the first record, though, and you end up with a sophomore...

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The New Old-Fashioned: Smalltown, Midwest, USA [Album Review]
Oct02

The New Old-Fashioned: Smalltown, Midwest, USA [Album Review]

The New Old-Fashioned Smalltown, Midwest, USA Magnaphone Records [2018] Fire Note Says: The New Old-Fashioned continue to crank out gritty, anthemic heartland rock on their excellent third record Album Review: The name of The New Old-Fashioned’s third studio album, Smalltown, Midwest, USA, is an appropriate gesture toward the band’s roots, both literally and musically. Hailing from in and around Dayton, Ohio, the band has been...

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Snail Mail: Lush [Album Review]
Jul12

Snail Mail: Lush [Album Review]

Snail Mail Lush Matador Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Snail Mail’s impressive debut matches strong songwriting chops with impeccably layered arrangements Album Review: As a quick glance at any news channel or app will attest, we’re living in interesting, complicated times here in the middle of 2018. So it’s refreshing when an artist comes along who takes a simple approach to their work, taking care with the songs themselves rather...

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Laura Veirs: The Lookout [Album Review]
May09

Laura Veirs: The Lookout [Album Review]

Laura Veirs The Lookout Raven Marching Band Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Laura Veirs is indie folk’s best-kept secret, and she delivers one of her most rewarding records with The Lookout Album Review: Laura Veirs music effortlessly evokes the cool, misty forests of her Pacific Northwest home-base of Portland, Oregon. Her music has always been closely tied to nature; whether on breezy folk-pop tunes like those that fill Year of...

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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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