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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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Hope Downs [Album Review]
Jul03

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Hope Downs [Album Review]

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Hope Downs Sub Pop Records [2018] Who: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s Hope Downs is the debut from the Melbourne, Australia quintet. Up till now the band had been earning praise and a following from several EPs they released over the last few years. Sound: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have the classic rock sound of older Australian groups like You Am I and The Go-Betweens while fitting right in...

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Ma Holos: Bee On A Rose [Album Review]
Jun25

Ma Holos: Bee On A Rose [Album Review]

Ma Holos Bee On A Rose Quality Time Records [2018] Who: Cleveland band Ma Holos have been putting out psychedelic garage rock for four years. Bee On A Rose is their latest LP. Sound: Ma Holos put out their own Cleveland style of psych garage rock and fans of Thee Oh Sees, The Murlocs, The Meatbodies and Ty Segall projects will be into Bee On A Rose. TFN Final Take: I saw these guys live several years ago when they opened for Thee Oh...

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Big Ups: Two Parts Together [Album Review]
Jun11

Big Ups: Two Parts Together [Album Review]

Big Ups Two Parts Together Exploding In Sound Records [2018] Who: Brooklyn’s Big Ups return in a big way with their 3rd full-length LP. Sound: Big Ups continue to impress on Two Parts Together. They may be from Brooklyn but they are channeling 90’s era Louisville Kentucky post rock to great effect. TFN Final Take: 2016’s Before A Million Universes was a huge leap forward for Big Ups. Their sound evolved, became more focused and...

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Josh Rouse: Love In The Modern Age [Album Review]
Jun06

Josh Rouse: Love In The Modern Age [Album Review]

Josh Rouse Love In The Modern Age Yep Roc Records [2018] Who: Singer/songwriter with strong influences. Sound: Folk-pop that is inspired by 80’s songwriters. TFN Final Take: Josh Rouse’s twelfth album, Love In The Modern Age, is an interesting listen. Rouse has always excelled in his storytelling and he succeeds this time around, in particular on “Businessman” and “Ordinary People, Ordinary Lives.” His characters are relatable and...

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Wax Chattles: Wax Chattles [Album Review]
May29

Wax Chattles: Wax Chattles [Album Review]

Wax Chattles Wax Chattles Captured Tracks/Flying Nun Records [2018] TFN Final Take: A “guitarless guitar band,” almost doesn’t sound like a real thing but that is what the New Zealand noise-rock band Wax Chattles have labeled themselves. A drum kit, bass and keyboard drive the noise here while the vocals of Peter Ruddell and Amanda Cheng create a static electricity within each track that just waits to pop. On songs like “Stay...

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