Racquet Club: Racquet Club [Album Review]
Oct19

Racquet Club: Racquet Club [Album Review]

Racquet Club Racquet Club Rise Records [2017] Who: Racquet Club is a new veteran indie group that features members of Knapsack, The Jealous Sound, and Samiam. Sound: If you were fans of Knapsack and The Jealous Sound, Racquet Club follows suit with their style of indie emo rock lead by vocalist/guitarist Blair Shehan. TFN Final Take: Knapsack released three albums on Alias Records that spanned 1995-1998. The group was always a band...

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Neil Finn: Out Of Silence [Album Review]
Oct19

Neil Finn: Out Of Silence [Album Review]

Neil Finn Out Of Silence Lester Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Neil Finn, late of Crowded House and Split Enz, delivers mature, intimate pop sounds focused by piano and an orchestra. Album Review: Face to face with terrorism, whether of the international kind that generates so much of the news and dialogue these days, or of the much more personal sort that arises from the way we mistreat one another in our daily lives,...

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Beck: Colors [Album Review]
Oct18

Beck: Colors [Album Review]

Beck Colors Fonograf/Capitol Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Beck knows that we just need a safe place where we can boogie. Album Review: A funny thing happened back in 2015 when Beck won three Grammys for his album Morning Phase, released the previous year; the album picked up the prestigious awards for Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and Best Rock Album. Now it’s a common source of frustration among rock,...

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A. Savage: Thawing Dawn [Album Review]
Oct18

A. Savage: Thawing Dawn [Album Review]

A. Savage Thawing Dawn Dull Tools [2017] Who: A. Savage is best known as one of the frontman for Parquet Courts. This is his first solo record, that was recorded between December 2016 and June 2017 by a group of Savage’s friends that included members of Woods, Ultimate Painting, PC Worship, EZTV, Sunwatchers, and Psychic TV. Sound: A. Savage brings his crooner skills and keeps it fairly simple on his solo record that brings many...

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Alvvays: Antisocialites [Album Review]
Oct17

Alvvays: Antisocialites [Album Review]

Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Alvvays’s second album is an indie pop delight. Album Review: Alvvays made a splash three years ago with their self-titled debut. Their jangle pop was both interesting and fun, and it produced a couple of solid singles. The question is: will Alvvays be able to revisit those heights on album #2, Antisocialites? The Toronto band, fronted by Molly Rankin, comes out of the...

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Lydia Loveless: Boy Crazy And Single(s) [Album Review]
Oct16

Lydia Loveless: Boy Crazy And Single(s) [Album Review]

Lydia Loveless Boy Crazy And Single(s) Bloodshot Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Columbus native, Lydia Loveless combines her 2013 EP, Boy Crazy, with singles and covers recorded through 2015 to deliver her brand of Americana for the first time on CD and vinyl. Album Review: If you’re thinking it hasn’t even been a year since we last heard from Lydia Loveless, you’d be correct. Her last full-length album, Real, arrived late in 2016. To...

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