Racquet Club: Racquet Club [Album Review]
Oct19

Racquet Club: Racquet Club [Album Review]

Racquet Club Racquet Club Rise Records [2017] Who: Racquet Club is a new veteran indie group that features members of Knapsack, The Jealous Sound, and Samiam. Sound: If you were fans of Knapsack and The Jealous Sound, Racquet Club follows suit with their style of indie emo rock lead by vocalist/guitarist Blair Shehan. TFN Final Take: Knapsack released three albums on Alias Records that spanned 1995-1998. The group was always a band...

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A. Savage: Thawing Dawn [Album Review]
Oct18

A. Savage: Thawing Dawn [Album Review]

A. Savage Thawing Dawn Dull Tools [2017] Who: A. Savage is best known as one of the frontman for Parquet Courts. This is his first solo record, that was recorded between December 2016 and June 2017 by a group of Savage’s friends that included members of Woods, Ultimate Painting, PC Worship, EZTV, Sunwatchers, and Psychic TV. Sound: A. Savage brings his crooner skills and keeps it fairly simple on his solo record that brings many...

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ORB: Naturality [Album Review]
Oct05

ORB: Naturality [Album Review]

ORB Naturality Castle Face/Flightless Records [2017] Who: ORB hail from Australia and run around with label mates King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard which are both on Flightless and Castle Face Records. Naturality is their sophomore record. Sound: The band is known for their thunderous heavy sludge riffs. Naturality continues this muscle but now finds the group working a psych pop angle with more vocals and shorter compositions....

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Washer: All Aboard [Album Review]
Oct02

Washer: All Aboard [Album Review]

Washer All Aboard Exploding in Sound Records [2017] Who: Brooklyn duo, Kieran McShane and Mike Quigley, expand and improve their sound with this excellent sophomore effort. Sound: All Aboard builds off Washer’s solid debut and ends up being one of the best post-grunge albums of 2017. TFN Final Take: I was already a Washer fan. I liked their debut well enough as well as their split singles with Big Ups and Flagland. However, I did not...

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Dude York: Sincerely [Album Review]
Sep26

Dude York: Sincerely [Album Review]

Dude York Sincerely Hardly Art Records [2017] Who: Dude York is a three-piece band (Peter Richards, Claire England, Andrew Hall) from Seattle. Sound: Power pop with a punk rock twist. TFN Final Take: There is a lot to like with Dude York’s debut LP, Sincerely. Two elements really work: the band’s use of tempo to keep you off balance and the straightforward lyrics that are also relatable. The lyrics shine on album closer “Time’s Not On...

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: The Echo Of Pleasure [Album Review]
Sep21

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: The Echo Of Pleasure [Album Review]

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart The Echo of Pleasure Painbow Records [2017] Who: Brainchild of Kip Berman and other touring members. Sound: Indie pop heavily influenced by New Wave. TFN Final Take: 2017 has been awesome for music fans. Many new and returning artists have put out influential stuff. It’s a shame that The Pains of Being Pure At Heart released their fourth album in this environment. Berman is a master of the sound he has...

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