The Dig: Bloodshot Tokyo [Album Review]
Jun19

The Dig: Bloodshot Tokyo [Album Review]

The Dig Bloodshot Tokyo Roll Call Records [2017] Who: The Dig is a four-piece band from NYC. Sound: Groove-oriented rock/pop. TFN Final Take: The Dig give off a good first impression. The first two tracks on Bloodshot Tokyo show what the band is capable of: a bit dreamy, very catchy, and just odd enough to stand out. However, their unique sound, which is synthesizer heavy, wears thinner and thinner as the album progresses. The lead...

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R. Ring: Ignite The Rest [Album Review]
Jun15

R. Ring: Ignite The Rest [Album Review]

R. Ring Ignite The Rest SofaBurn Records [2017] Who: Kelley Deal (Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline) join forces for their debut LP. Sound: Ignite the Rest is a stunning full length debut from R. Ring. It is so good that I have quit whining about wanting another Breeders LP…almost. TFN Final Take: To be truthful, I still want another Breeders record, but Ignite the Rest makes the wait bearable. Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery...

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The Rubs: Impossible Dream [Album Review]
Jun14

The Rubs: Impossible Dream [Album Review]

The Rubs Impossible Dream HoZac Records [2017] Who: The Rubs hail from Chicago and Impossible Dream is their sophomore album. Sound: Impossible Dream is a solid power pop album that has classic recording vibes that will remind you of Big Star while singer Joey Rubbish floats out some Elvis Costello type chops. The modern roll of this group has both the gritty rock of The Strokes and the lo-fi jam of Connections. TFN Final Take: The...

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Fascinating: Picture This [Album Review]
Jun08

Fascinating: Picture This [Album Review]

Fascinating Picture This Quality Time/Jurassic Pop Records [2017] Who: Fascinating is one of our favorite Ohio “slop-pop” groups that is fronted by Quality Time Records main man Ricky Hamilton. Sound: Fascinating plays a delightfully fuzzed up lo-fi post-punk that is gritty, determined and quick. TFN Final Take: Clearly, TFN enjoys distorted catchy pop tunes. You don’t need to scan the site very long to know that most of the writers...

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CFM: Dichotomy Desaturated [Album Review]
Jun05

CFM: Dichotomy Desaturated [Album Review]

CFM Dichotomy Desaturated In The Red Records [2017] Who: Charles Francis Moothart, aka CFM, continues to branch out on his second solo LP. Sound: Dichotomy Desaturated is a bit of a departure from Moothart’s past work with Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin and Fuzz. TFN Final Take: Charles Francis Moothart’s second solo LP as CFM is an excellent sophomore effort. Fans of his past endeavors with Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Fuzz should welcome...

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Dream Machine: The Illusion [Album Review]
Jun01

Dream Machine: The Illusion [Album Review]

Dream Machine The Illusion Castle Face Records [2017] Who: Dream Machine is a new band from lo-fi master Matthew Melton (Bare Wires, Warm Soda) and his wife Doris. Sound: You get Melton’s craft of fuzzed up power pop with the late 60’s / early 70’s rock of The Doors, Deep Purple and Iron Butterfly. This mix brings you plenty of organ with lots of riffing guitars. TFN Final Take: Taking a time warp in music can be rewarding at times as...

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