Brian Fallon: Local Honey [Album Review]
Mar31

Brian Fallon: Local Honey [Album Review]

Brian Fallon Local HoneyLesser Known Records/Thirty Tigers [2020] Brian Fallon’s freshly released third solo album, Local Honey, had to have been written and recorded prior to this period of physical distancing with much of the nation locked down in the forced intimacy of their homes. Yet, the eight songs here from Gaslight Anthem’s former lead vocalist/songwriter, are so local as to be set nicely within the four walls of his family’s...

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Best Coast: Always Tomorrow [Album Review]
Mar31

Best Coast: Always Tomorrow [Album Review]

Best CoastAlways TomorrowConcord Records [2020] I always like a comeback story and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino has returned to music after a 5 year absence. She honestly stated that she almost walked away from recording completely  but after some solid recovery and self-care the band’s fourth album, Always Tomorrow, represents a brighter outlook on life. This new uplifting take has created some of the cleanest pop indie...

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Cable Ties: Far Enough [Album Review]
Mar27

Cable Ties: Far Enough [Album Review]

Cable TiesFar EnoughMerge Records [2020] There is one word to describe lead singer-guitarist Jenny McKechnie of Cable Ties – FIERCE! You will get to know her very well on Far Enough, the Melbourne group’s sophomore album and first for Merge Records. The opening track “Hope” is really all you need to hear to get hooked as its first two minutes is a pleasant reflective pace before the refrain builds intensity as...

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Lilly Hiatt: Walking Proof [Album Review]
Mar27

Lilly Hiatt: Walking Proof [Album Review]

Lilly Hiatt Walking ProofNew West Records [2020] Nashville singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt has known most of her existence that life is rarely just one thing. On her fourth album’s title track, she sings “I could tell you that it’s easy/but that wouldn’t be the truth/if you ever need to call me, well you know that’s walking proof.” The song itself, set to a stripped back rootsy rock beat, with country leanings etched out in Hiatt’s mild...

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THICK: 5 Years Behind [Album Review]
Mar25

THICK: 5 Years Behind [Album Review]

THICK5 Years BehindEpitaph Records [2020] The debut from Brooklyn-based DIY punk trio, THICK, was the perfect record to pick up as our country was shutting down due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, bringing enough noise, angry energy and musical muscle to make the required lock-down relatively tolerable. No doubt, Nikki Sisti (voice/guitar), Kate Black (voice/bass, guitar and synths), and Shari Page (voice/drums) will draw comparisons to...

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Black Market Brass: Undying Thirst [Album Review]
Mar24

Black Market Brass: Undying Thirst [Album Review]

Black Market BrassUndying ThirstColemine Records [2020] Black Market Brass is a Minneapolis-based group performing their own brand of originally composed Afrobeat/Afrofunk music, and Undying Thirst is the group’s sophomore album and Colemine Records debut. The instrumental group is comprised of eleven musicians that form such a powerful force together that this record will blow you away. Some might think that you need to be...

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