BIRDS: Everything All At Once [Album Review]
Aug16

BIRDS: Everything All At Once [Album Review]

BIRDS Everything All At Once Greenway Records [2017] Who: Brooklyn band BIRDS is the quartet of Duane Lauginiger (guitar, vocals), Jessica Reynoza (bass, vocals), Jess Rees (guitar), and Tim Plunkett (drums). Everything All At Once is the bands debut record. Sound: BIRDS offer a very organic free flowing fuzzed-out mix of psychedelic rock that sways around some in the Elephant 6 Collective style like an Apples In Stereo and The...

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Needles//Pins: Good Night, Tomorrow [Album Review]
Aug15

Needles//Pins: Good Night, Tomorrow [Album Review]

Needles//Pins Good Night, Tomorrow Mint/Dirt Cult Records [2017] Who: Vancouver power trio Needles//Pins began in 2009 and now have released their third LP with Good Night, Tomorrow. Sound: The band belts out gruff punk rock melodies that can send you back to the sound of The Buzzcocks, while hitting the sweet spot of 90’s punk like Face To Face, Screeching Weasel, The Mr. T Experience and Down By Law. TFN Final Take: No matter how...

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MIND MELD: MIND MELD [Album Review]
Aug10

MIND MELD: MIND MELD [Album Review]

MIND MELD MIND MELD Permanent Records [2017] Who: Los Angeles, MIND MELD has been creating a buzz since 2015. The trio have several singles under their rock belt and now a self-titled full-length debut. Sound: MIND MELD plays a heavy psychedelic garage rock that has modern flare like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall but plenty of classic swagger that brings back thoughts of Gories and the Stooges. TFN Final Take: MIND MELD is one of those...

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B Boys: Dada [Album Review]
Aug03

B Boys: Dada [Album Review]

B Boys Dada Captured Tracks [2017] Who: Brooklyn-based trio, B Boys follow up their debut EP with a solid debut LP. Sound: B Boys’ sound takes elements of taut post punk and goofy punk and blends them together for a sound that falls somewhere in-between Wire and The Spits . TFN Final Take: B Boys’ Dada is a fun summer album. It does not bog down with overt political statements or stances like the new Priests LP. Instead, it focuses on...

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Dove Lady: One [Album Review]
Aug01

Dove Lady: One [Album Review]

Dove Lady One DZ Tapes / Inflated Records [2017] Who: DC-based spastic noise rock duo. Sound: Dove Lady dish out a disarming array of influences and styles on One. ‘Debut of the Year’ honors should be a lock for this fantastic album. TFN Final Take: Dove Lady’s One is a wildly unpredictable debut album. Over the course of its 9-tracks, the duo of Jeremy Ray (guitar/vocals) and AJ Thawley (drums/vocals) assail your senses with some...

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En Route: Then Is A Song [Album Review]
Jul27

En Route: Then Is A Song [Album Review]

En Route Then Is A Song Flower Girl Records [2017] Who: En Route is a collective of some of Philadelphia’s most accomplished underground punk musicians. Sound: In five drifting, heavy and quietly groundbreaking songs, En Route makes clear their intention to lead the slowcore revival. TFN Final Take: En Route’s first EP “then is a song,” announces the arrival of an impressive new act aiming to take the resurgent slowcore genre to even...

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