Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk [Album Review]
Apr27

Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk [Album Review]

Damaged Bug Bunker Funk Castle Face Records [2017] Who: Damaged Bug is the very low profile side project of the super busy John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees and Castle Face Records fame. Sound: Damaged Bug separates itself out from Dwyer’s other work by focusing more on synths and electronic noises. It has a krautrock spirit and is not afraid to experiment. From the credits on Bunker Funk, Dwyer plays all of the instruments, minus several of...

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Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies: Rake It In – The Greatestest Hits [Album Review]
Apr25

Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies: Rake It In – The Greatestest Hits [Album Review]

Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits Fat Wreck Chords [2017] Who: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, consists of NOFX frontman Fat Mike, Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape, (Foo Fighting) Chris Shiflett, Lagwagon drummer Dave Raun, and Spike Slawson. The band has been covering other artists’ hits for over two decades now. Sound: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is a punk supergroup that inject their spirit, attitude and...

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TØMA: Aroma [Album Review]
Apr18

TØMA: Aroma [Album Review]

TØMA Aroma Self-Released [2017] Fire Note Says: TØMA impresses with an energetic pop album. Album Review: TØMA is a four-piece band out of Austin, TX that traces it roots to Todd Rundgren, Squeeze, and recording label Elephant 6. If that sounds like a formula for a sophisticated power pop album, you’d be right. Band members include Waldo Wittenmeyer (keyboards/vocals), Jake Hiebert (drums), Neil Byers (bass), and Willy Jay...

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Mastodon: Emperor Of Sand [Album Review]
Apr07

Mastodon: Emperor Of Sand [Album Review]

Mastodon Emperor Of Sand Reprise Records [2017] Who: Atlanta, GA’s Mastodon has been a prominent member of the metal community ever since they released their 2002 debut album Remission. Mastodon adhere to many influences but, their albums are usually influenced by personal events and take on a somewhat conceptual nature. Sound: Mastodon have always kept it heavy with influences ranging from King Crimson to Baroness, Pink Floyd to...

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Gold Connections: Gold Connections EP [Album Review]
Mar28

Gold Connections: Gold Connections EP [Album Review]

Gold Connections Gold Connections EP Fat Possum Records [2017] Who: Gold Connections is led by songwriter, guitarist and lyricist Will Marsh and their self-titled debut EP was produced by and features Will Toledo (Car Seat Headrest) on drums, electric guitar, bass, and backing vocals. Sound: Slacker indie rock to the core. If you like Car Seat Headrest, then you will dig the laid-back smoldering vibes of Gold Connections. You will...

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Smug Brothers: Disco Maroon [Album Review]
Mar27

Smug Brothers: Disco Maroon [Album Review]

Smug Brothers Disco Maroon Gas Daddy Go! Records [2017] Who: Smug Brothers, a Dayton-based quartet, return with their 10th release. Sound: Disco Maroon sees the Smug Brothers carry on their tradition of delivering ultra-catchy rock to their listeners. TFN Final Take: Even though they are 10 releases into their discography, the Smug Brothers continue to grow and develop their sound on Disco Maroon. Some tracks still have that trademark...

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