Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel [Album Review]
May25

Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel [Album Review]

Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel Milk!/Mom + Pop Music [2018] TFN Final Take: After Courtney Barnett’s breakout 2015 record Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit and last year’s duet record with Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice, it was really a toss-up on how Tell Me How You Really Feel would turn out. The good news is that Barnett just picked up the guitar and made a straightforward and fun indie record that will...

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Remember Sports: Slow Buzz [Album Review]
May22

Remember Sports: Slow Buzz [Album Review]

Remember Sports Slow Buzz Father/Daughter Records [2018] Who: Remember Sports is the new name for the band SPORTS. Slow Buzz is the group’s third LP and finds Carmen Perry (vocals, guitar), Jack Washburn (guitar), and Catherine Dwyer (bass) now relocated from Gambier, OH to Philadelphia, PA, while also adding a new drummer in Connor Perry. Sound: Slow Buzz is a good slice of indie rock in the vein of Speedy Ortiz, Superchunk,...

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Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! [Album Review]
May18

Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! [Album Review]

Parquet Courts Wide Awake! Rough Trade Records [2018] Who: Indie rock icons, Parquet Courts shift gears and deliver a fresh and vital album. Sound: Parquet Courts join forces with producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse and come dangerously close to recording their best album. TFN Final Take: When I heard that Parquet Courts were teaming up with Danger Mouse for their fifth LP, Wide Awake!, I wasn’t sure what to expect. That may have...

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Connections: Foreign Affairs [Album Review]
May14

Connections: Foreign Affairs [Album Review]

Connections Foreign Affairs Trouble In Mind Records [2018] Who: Foreign Affairs is the fifth album, and first for Trouble In Mind, from the Columbus Ohio band Connections that features former members of 84 Nash (Rockathon Records). Sound: Lo-fi indie pop that mixes the sound of early Guided By Voices with the raw rock of The Replacements. TFN Final Take: Connections have been releasing a solid slice of lo-fi rock since their 2013...

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Say Sue Me: Where We Were Together [Album Review]
May08

Say Sue Me: Where We Were Together [Album Review]

Say Sue Me Where We Were Together Damnably/Electric Muse Records [2018] Who: Say Sue Me is a surf-inspired indie rock quartet from Busan, South Korea. Where We Were Together is the bands sophomore album. Sound: Say Sue Me has a surf sway behind their indie jangles and fits right in with artists like La Luz, Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls. TFN Final Take: How many bands can you name from South Korea? I am sure you are falling a bit short...

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Astral Swans: Strange Prison [Album Review]
May07

Astral Swans: Strange Prison [Album Review]

Astral Swans Strange Prison Tiny Room Records [2018] Who: Calgary’s Astral Swans sophomore LP, Strange Prison is a haunting and stark look into the imaginative psyche of songwriter Matthew Swann . Sound: Matthew Swann’s quirky blend of lo-fi melancholic folk rock stays with you long after the album finishes playing. TFN Final Take: 2015’s My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson was my introduction to the world of Astral Swan’s...

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