Perfume Genius: Set My Heart On Fire Immediately [Album Review]
May29

Perfume Genius: Set My Heart On Fire Immediately [Album Review]

Perfume Genius Set My Heart On Fire ImmediatelyMatador Records [2020] You get the sense listening to the fifth album from Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, that at heart he’s a torch singer. Whatever the musical direction or production style an individual track takes – and he does just about everything here, from dirge-y electronica to buoyant faux-50’s dancefloor pop, maudlin grungy rock, and of course more than his share of torchy...

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Kip & JJ Loui: Show Me State [Album Review]
May28

Kip & JJ Loui: Show Me State [Album Review]

Kip & JJ Loui Show Me StateSelf-Released [2020] Show Me State is a country rock/Americana love letter from songwriters and spouses, Kip & JJ Loui to their home state of Missouri, with music support from members of The Bottle Rockets and Loui’s local club band, Diesel Island. Kip Loui has been a significant presence in the St. Louis music scene for decades, he co-founded Twangfest, a weekend Americana festival, 24 years ago,...

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Steve Earle & The Dukes: Ghosts Of West Virginia [Album Review]
May27

Steve Earle & The Dukes: Ghosts Of West Virginia [Album Review]

Steve Earle & The Dukes Ghosts of West VirginiaNew West Records [2020] In 2010, the worst mining disaster in American history happened at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, killing 29 miners in the explosion. Early this Spring, an Off-Broadway play telling the story of the victims and their families titled “Coal Country,” ran for only a few weeks before the COVID-19 shut-down, with Americana singer/songwriter Steve...

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Woods: Strange To Explain [Album Review]
May22

Woods: Strange To Explain [Album Review]

WoodsStrange To ExplainWoodsist Records [2020] Strange To Explain is Woods 11th full length album (not counting collaborations, split LPs, EPs, and singles), and the 99th release on their Woodsist label. That 15 year longevity is a great accomplishment for any indie band and over the years Woods has evolved their sound as they have moved away from their lo fi beginnings into a much more warm full band psychedelic flow. Growth is good...

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EOB: Earth [Album Review]
May20

EOB: Earth [Album Review]

EOB EarthCapitol Records [2020] EOB is the moniker used by Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien for this debut solo venture, Earth, the music of which he has said was inspired by a year of living in Brazil with his family and, oddly enough, the 1991 album from the band Primal Scream, Screamidelica. While we’ve heard several solo albums from Radiohead’s de facto leader Thom Yorke, largely electronica focused works, the latest being last...

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Catholic Action: Celebrated By Strangers [Album Review]
May19

Catholic Action: Celebrated By Strangers [Album Review]

Catholic ActionCelebrated By StrangersPalo Santo Records [2020] There is something rejuvenating about Glasgow’s Catholic Action and their style of guitar rock. On their sophomore album, Celebrated By Strangers, the band extends their more guitar driven debut with some synthesizers and finding more of a beat that is very in line with fellow Glaswegians Franz Ferdinand. Right from the opening song, “Grange Hell (South London...

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