The Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger Tour 2019 [Concert Review]
Sep18

The Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger Tour 2019 [Concert Review]

The Raconteurs w/ Special Guest Olivia Jean; “Help Us Stranger” Tour 2019; Express Live!, Columbus, OH September 13, 2019 As soon as the lights dropped at Express Live on the long-awaited Friday the 13th appearance, the outdoor stage which had been full of stage smoke for quite some time was filled with eerie red light while a pulsing horn-driven piece of music pumped up the already standing crowd in the pit and up on the lawn. The...

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The Highwomen: The Highwomen [Album Review]
Sep17

The Highwomen: The Highwomen [Album Review]

The Highwomen The Highwomen Low Country Sound/Elektra Records [2019] Album Review: The idea of a collaborative supergroup of female country artists is hardly novel, but dates all the way back to early sing-alongs on the Grand Ol’ Opry, but was no doubt given contemporary commercial viability when Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris came together for “Trio” in 1987. And of course, for close to a decade, we’ve had Miranda...

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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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David G. Smith: Who Cares [Album Review]
Sep10

David G. Smith: Who Cares [Album Review]

David G. Smith Who Cares Hey Dave Music [2019] Fire Note Says: Americana singer/songwriter delivers a solid collection of story songs supported by the strong musicianship and production of Blue Miller. Album Review: Who Cares is the fourth independent studio album from David G. Smith, a singer/songwriter native to Iowa, who’s cultivated musical connections in the Nashville songwriting community. Smith is a capable songwriter, and here...

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Black Pumas: Black Pumas [Album Review]
Sep09

Black Pumas: Black Pumas [Album Review]

Black Pumas Black Pumas ATO Records [2019] Who: Black Pumas is the debut full-length release from the Austin duo of Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton who were named Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards. Sound: Black Pumas play a smooth neo-psychedelia, retro-soul set. TFN Final Take: Austin’s Black Pumas are another bright spot on the retro-soul scene as the duo of Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton offer up ten passionate...

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Sheer Mag: A Distant Call [Album Review]
Sep05

Sheer Mag: A Distant Call [Album Review]

Sheer Mag A Distant Call Wilsuns Recording Co. [2019] Album Review: Philadelphia indie-rockers Sheer Mag kick off their sophomore outing with a sonic blast from the past, with vocalist Tina Halladay offering a full throated 80’s metal scream to launch the retro sound of “Steel Sharpens Steel,” with a nod to Judas Priest. Elsewhere, they echo the iconic opening chords of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” before guitarist Kyle Seely delivers the...

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