Matt And Kim: Almost Everyday [Album Review]
Sep24

Matt And Kim: Almost Everyday [Album Review]

Matt and Kim Almost Everyday Fader Label [2018] Fire Note Says: Matt and Kim bring the energy and a renewed focus. Album Review: Whether it’s dealing with the current political climate or wrestling with their own mortality, Matt and Kim have found a sense of urgency and focus on their latest album, Almost Everyday. The Brooklyn duo started their career with a bang and lost some of their luster with their later releases. Coasting may...

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The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour 2018 [Concert Review]
Sep24

The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour 2018 [Concert Review]

The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour w/ Kacy & Clayton; Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH – Thursday, September 20, 2018 Thursday night’s concert by The Decemberists was one whole day late for “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” but, while no one said anything close to an “Arrgh, Matey,” fans of the Portland, Ore., band that packed the intimate confines of the Taft were obviously up for an old world sea shanty, folk...

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Active Bird Community: Amends [Album Review]
Sep19

Active Bird Community: Amends [Album Review]

Active Bird Community Amends Barsuk Records [2018] Who: Active Bird Community is a Brooklyn band formed in 2005. Amends is their Barsuk Records debut. Sound: Strong 90’s alt-rock influences as they have a vibe that will take you back to the days of Tripping Daisy, Jimmy Eat World, and Harvey Danger while giving you a more modern flare like Rozwell Kid and Car Seat Headrest. TFN Final Take: If only Active Bird Community would have been...

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Low: Double Negative [Album Review]
Sep18

Low: Double Negative [Album Review]

Low Double Negative Sub Pop Records [2018] Fire Note Says: On Low’s 12th album, they sketch a portrait of the dark and noisy residue of modern life, and allow moments of beauty to break through the cracks. Album Review: Beginning with their 1994 debut, “I Could Live in Hope,” Duluth-based indie band Low has been going against the grain, slowing down their rhythms to a hypnotic haze, escaping the noise of modern life into quiet...

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Murder By Death: The Other Shore [Album Review]
Sep17

Murder By Death: The Other Shore [Album Review]

Murder By Death The Other Shore Bloodshot Records [2018] Who: Murder By Death hail from Bloomington, Indiana and take their name from the 1976 Robert Moore film of the same name. Their first album, Like the Exorcist, but More Breakdancing was released in 2002. Since then they’ve released 7 more albums and have a restaurant called Pizza LUPO located in Louisville, Kentucky. Sound: Murder By Death is a group that lives between...

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Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning: Eirlandia [Album Review]
Sep13

Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning: Eirlandia [Album Review]

Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning Eirlandia Ark Music [2018] Fire Note Says: Johnson and Dunning’s Celtic flair musical creations are both majestic and heartwarming. Album Review: Composer and keyboardist Jeff Johnson and flautist Brian Dunning have been collaborating on a unique blend of Celtic contemporary instrumental music for nearly 30 years, often creating soundtracks that are inspired by the fantasy works of fiction...

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