Pinegrove: Marigold [Album Review]
Jan16

Pinegrove: Marigold [Album Review]

Pinegrove Marigold Rough Trade Records [2020] TFN Album Review: Ever since Pinegrove’s Cardinal release in 2016, I thought the band would have an incredible musical arc that was going nowhere but up. Of course, life is unpredictable and the band went completely quiet in November of 2017 after Pinegrove bandleader Evan Stephens Hall explained some accusations against him from a woman he was in a relationship with, followed her wishes,...

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Beach Slang: The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City [Album Review]
Jan13

Beach Slang: The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City [Album Review]

Beach Slang The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City Bridge Nine Records [2020] TFN Album Review: If you have followed Beach Slang since their 2014 EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, then you already know that the group has been a full-fledged modern day Replacements from day one. Everything from the raw guitar to singer James Alex’s vocals, Philadelphia’s Beach Slang has not swayed much from their core sound and the group has...

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Jay Som: Anak Ko [Album Review]
Dec05

Jay Som: Anak Ko [Album Review]

Jay Som Anak Ko Polyvinyl Records [2019] TFN Album Review: If you have been a fan of Jay Som, aka Melina Duterte, since her early work was on the Intranet (and then captured on 2016’s Turn Into) you already have a sense that some of her best work was to come. Anak Ko represents her proper sophomore record and was written during a week-long period in Joshua Tree. Duterte once again engineered, mixed and produced the album but the...

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The Murder Capital: When I Have Fears [Album Review]
Dec03

The Murder Capital: When I Have Fears [Album Review]

The Murder Capital When I Have Fears Human Season Records [2019] TFN Album Review: The debut album from Dublin’s The Murder Capital plays everything out front with its heart on its sleeve. The post-punk moodiness is dark as this group can turn the amps up on a dime and can transition from sounding like The Cure to Parquet Courts in a moment. That confidence is what will sell you on The Murder Capital as they have dynamic shift changes...

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Paul Orwell: SMUT [Album Review]
Nov27

Paul Orwell: SMUT [Album Review]

Paul Orwell SMUT Heavy Soul! Records [2019] TFN Album Review: Sixties influenced London rocker Paul Orwell has returned with his third record SMUT and it is a retro sounding barn burner. It’s loud, it’s brash and it does not take much time hitting any brakes. This carefree delivery by Orwell is his engaging quality and it never matters if his voice is out front or boosted with effect because he always demands your attention. Much like...

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