Gong Gong Gong: Phantom Rhythm [Album Review]
Oct09

Gong Gong Gong: Phantom Rhythm [Album Review]

Gong Gong Gong Phantom Rhythm Wharf Cat Records [2019] Who: Guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong are from Beijing’s underground indie scene and Phantom Rhythm is their debut LP. Sound: Phantom Rhythm is a psychedelic blues jam that also has an energetic jazz and surf background that is sewn together by Cantonese lyrics. TFN Final Take: A guitar-and-bass duo singing in Cantonese is a combination I would have never put together but...

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WIVES: So Removed [Album Review]
Oct03

WIVES: So Removed [Album Review]

WIVES So Removed City Slang [2019] Who: So Removed is the debut album from Queens, NY-based post-punks WIVES. Sound: WIVES have the New York swagger of The Strokes, channel the DC post-hardcore of Girls Against Boys, contain an edge of The Fall and bring out a similar Frank Black type Pixies vocal delivery. TFN Final Take: Right off the bat, from opening track “Waving Past Nirvana,” you will instantly connect to the coolness of WIVES....

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Oso Oso: Basking In The Glow [Album Review]
Sep26

Oso Oso: Basking In The Glow [Album Review]

Oso Oso Basking In The Glow Triple Crown Records [2019] Who: Long Island band Oso Oso return with their third album Basking In The Glow. Sound: Basking In The Glow has a catchy indie power pop and if you like Jimmy Eat World, Young Guv and The Promise Ring. TFN Final Take: If done correct, a good emotional power pop record always wins. Oso Oso’s third album, Basking In The Glow, is exactly that – a winner! Lead singer and main band...

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J. Robbins: Un-Becoming [Album Review]
Sep25

J. Robbins: Un-Becoming [Album Review]

J. Robbins Un-Becoming Dischord Records [2019] Who: Alternaive rock staple J. Robbins releases his first solo record. Sound: Un-Becoming has the indie rock sound you might expect and for fans of Robbins own Jawbox or Bob Mould and Bad Religion. TFN Final Take: There is a good chance that J. Robbins is sitting in your record collection already and you may not have even known it. If you are an older indie fan then his bands Jawbox and...

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Whitney: Forever Turned Around [Album Review]
Sep11

Whitney: Forever Turned Around [Album Review]

Whitney Forever Turned Around Secretly Canadian [2019] Who: Chicago’s Whitney return for their sophomore record after 2016’s Headphone Approved Light Upon The Lake. Sound: Whitney bring back the warm 70’s soft rock sound that has a modern flare like Real Estate, Bon Iver and Iron & Wine. TFN Final Take: Three years is a long time for a band like Whitney to release their sophomore record but where some bands might try to wow...

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