Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy [Album Review]
Jul18

Ty Segall & White Fence: Joy [Album Review]

Ty Segall & White Fence Joy Drag City Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Joy shows a mature growth and spotlights that Ty Segall and White Fence are two artists which are still on the creating edge of indie rock. Album Review: Much has happened since 2012 and the last time Ty Segall and White Fence got together for their debut Hair. Joy brings the two talented artists of Segall and Tim Presley back together for their own brand of...

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Arthur Buck: Arthur Buck [Album Review]
Jul17

Arthur Buck: Arthur Buck [Album Review]

Arthur Buck Arthur Buck New West Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck create a particularly relevant and meaningful artistic effort. Album Review: According to the bio on the artist website, the collaboration of singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur and former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has been organic and spontaneous from the get-go. Arthur, with over a dozen solo albums to his...

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Jim James: Uniform Distortion [Album Review]
Jul16

Jim James: Uniform Distortion [Album Review]

Jim James Uniform Distortion ATO Records [2018] Fire Note Says: My Morning Jacket’s Jim James delves into some nostalgia for guitar driven pop/rock, fun, hooky songs, and simpler times. Album Review: It’s just like the spirited Jim James, best known as the leader, singer/songwriter and guitarist with My Morning Jacket, to deliver a guitar oriented rock album the same year that Gibson guitars went bankrupt, and some critics claiming...

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Snail Mail: Lush [Album Review]
Jul12

Snail Mail: Lush [Album Review]

Snail Mail Lush Matador Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Snail Mail’s impressive debut matches strong songwriting chops with impeccably layered arrangements Album Review: As a quick glance at any news channel or app will attest, we’re living in interesting, complicated times here in the middle of 2018. So it’s refreshing when an artist comes along who takes a simple approach to their work, taking care with the songs themselves rather...

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Canshaker Pi: Naughty Naughty Violence [Album Review]
Jul11

Canshaker Pi: Naughty Naughty Violence [Album Review]

Canshaker Pi Naughty Naughty Violence Excelsior Recordings [2018] Who: Having spent the last few years supporting artists such as Car Seat Headrest, Parquet Courts and the Cribs, Amsterdam-based rock quartet Canshaker Pi have released their sophomore record, Naughty Naughty Violence. Sound: Blistering indie rock that fits in with Parquet Courts while bringing back memories of the 90’s heyday with a sound similar to Pavement, Sebadoh...

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Weezer & Pixies Summer Tour [Concert Review]
Jul10

Weezer & Pixies Summer Tour [Concert Review]

Weezer & Pixies w/ Special Guest The Wombats: North American Summer Tour 2018; Riverbend Music Center; Cincinnati, OH – Friday, July 6, 2018 As if giving alternative rock fans a gift, temperatures dropped overnight Thursday, so that after a blistering 4th of July holiday in the mid-90’s, Friday night’s weather was perfect for a night of live music at Riverbend. Add to that the wise pairing of the iconic indie rock band, the...

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