Jeff Rosenstock: POST- [Album Review]
Jan11

Jeff Rosenstock: POST- [Album Review]

Jeff Rosenstock POST- Polyvinyl Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Jeff is back! Album Review: Jeff Rosenstock started off this year with a bang as he released his third LP digitally for FREE on New Year’s Day! That is right – free. Now, I am sure we have all had the experience of downloading free music and feeling there was a good reason it was free. Well – you absolutely will not be saying this about POST-. The former leader of...

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Lorde: Melodrama [Album Review]
Dec06

Lorde: Melodrama [Album Review]

Lorde Melodrama Lava Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Lorde resists contemporary pop conventions and dusts off 80’s vinyl influences to craft one of the strongest and most original pop records of the year. Album Review: Four years ago, the meteoric rise of New Zealand’s Lorde was fueled by the strength of “Royals,” a single that trumpeted the arrival of a confounding, but instantly necessary pop goddess. “Royals” dominated...

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St. Vincent: Masseduction [Album Review]
Nov30

St. Vincent: Masseduction [Album Review]

St. Vincent Masseduction Loma Vista Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: St. Vincent builds on the success of her last album, bringing her performance art mechanics, manic guitar noise and energetic electro-pop hysterics face to face with tragedy and lives to tell about it. Album Review: St. Vincent’s eponymously titled 4th solo album, released in 2014, was easily her most accessible album, while also delivering some pretty amazing songs...

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Rick Rude: Make Mine Tuesday [Album Review]
Nov30

Rick Rude: Make Mine Tuesday [Album Review]

Rick Rude Make Mine Tuesday TinyRadars/Sophomore Lounge Records [2017] Who: New Hampshire’s Rick Rude make a lasting impression with Make Mine Tuesday. Sound: Make Mine Tuesday is a stunning debut album that is sure to make people who like Built to Spill, Heartless Bastards and The Pauses swoon. TFN Final Take: Another “Better Late than Never” review for this wonderful record. Make Mine Tuesday was released back in January of this...

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(Sandy) Alex G: Rocket [Album Review]
Nov29

(Sandy) Alex G: Rocket [Album Review]

(Sandy) Alex G Rocket Domino Records [2017] Who: The bedroom pop of Alexander Giannascoli aka (Sandy) Alex G has grown substantially since we first stumbled upon his 2014 record DSU on DIY label Orchid Tapes. Rocket is his sophomore record for Domino. Sound: (Sandy) Alex G plays a melodic pop that ranges from lo-fi experimentation to folk to indie rock. Think Elliott Smith fronting Built To Spill with now a Bright Eyes stroll. TFN...

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The Menzingers: After The Party [Album Review]
Nov29

The Menzingers: After The Party [Album Review]

The Menzingers After The Party Epitaph Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Bursting with big guitars, sweeping storytelling and endlessly catchy melodies, After the Party is a bold realization that finds The Menzingers’ raising the bar yet again. Album Review: From the crunchy guitars and lightning-fast drums of their debut record A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology to the fat, driving baselines that populate Rented World, it’s...

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