Sheryl Crow: World Tour 2019 [Concert Review]
Jul15

Sheryl Crow: World Tour 2019 [Concert Review]

Sheryl Crow w/ Yola; World Tour 2019; Fraze Pavilion, Kettering, OH – Wednesday, July 10, 2019 When Sheryl Crow and her 6-piece band took the stage of the Fraze Pavilion on this hot and sweaty night in July, it was the ease and confidence of someone who had been here before. In fact, as she proclaimed early in her set, that it was 16 years to the day since she recorded her “C’mon America 2003” concert video in that same venue, plus...

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The Ocean Blue: Kings And Queens / Knaves And Thieves [Album Review]
Jul11

The Ocean Blue: Kings And Queens / Knaves And Thieves [Album Review]

The Ocean Blue Kings And Queens / Knaves And Thieves Korda Records [2019] Album Review: The Ocean Blue return after a six-year absence (and nearly a decade before that) with a sound that would feel right at home on their earliest major label albums, including their self-titled debut released 30 years ago. Signed by Sire records while still in high school in Hershey, Pennsylvania, The Ocean Blue were so enamored with British acts like...

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Kristin Hersh: Possible Dust Clouds [Album Review]
Jul09

Kristin Hersh: Possible Dust Clouds [Album Review]

Kristin Hersh Possible Dust Clouds Fire Records [2019] Album Review: Ever since her arrival on the scene in Throwing Muses, the band she shared with her step-sister Tanya Donelly in the early 80’s, Kristin Hersh has been steadily releasing music that speak to her unique musical vision. While Donelly, who went on to start the Breeders with Kim Deal before moving on to her own band Belly, gets credit for the poppier elements in early...

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Smug Brothers: All Blur And Spark [Album Review]
Jul08

Smug Brothers: All Blur And Spark [Album Review]

Smug Brothers All Blur And Spark Gas Daddy Go! Records [2019] Who: Dayton, Ohio-based Smug Brothers release another charming and quite satisfying album. Sound: All Blur and Spark is an impressive kaleidoscope of songs that were born from the GoFundMe endeavor to press their last album, Attic Harvest, to vinyl. TFN Final Take: All Blur and Spark is 11 tracks of intoxicating Smug Brothers magic. Fans who donated $50 or more to the...

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black midi: Schlagenheim [Album Review]
Jul05

black midi: Schlagenheim [Album Review]

black midi Schlagenheim Rough Trade Records [2019] Who: The young London quartet black midi basically came out of nowhere and built a super buzz leading up to this debut. Sound: Post punk for a new generation with some extraordinary drumming and the ability to move through multiple genres on the turn of a dime. TFN Final Take: The members of black midi are barley out of high school but sound light years older with the creative...

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The Black Keys: Let’s Rock [Album Review]
Jul03

The Black Keys: Let’s Rock [Album Review]

The Black Keys Let’s Rock Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records [2019] Fire Note Says: The Black Keys return with a fun album that lives up to its title: Let’s Rock. Album Review: Too often, when we think of rock music – that guitar driven folk music of the common people that grew out of geographically unique blends of blues, R&B, country/folk – we think of angst-filled youths filled with passion, anger and yearning. What’s missing in...

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