Protomartyr: Relatives In Descent [Album Review]
Nov15

Protomartyr: Relatives In Descent [Album Review]

Protomartyr Relatives In Descent Domino Records [2017] Who: Detroit’s Protomartyr are a post punk band that has just released their fourth lp and first for Domino Records. Sound: If Nick Cave fronted a modern era post punk band with a refined edge and a spoken word style that is like The Hold Steady you would find yourself with Protomartyr. The band should appeal to fans of Joy Division, Mark E Smith, and METZ. TFN Final Take: The...

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SLEEPiES: Melt To You [Album Review]
Nov01

SLEEPiES: Melt To You [Album Review]

SLEEPiES Melt To You Mirror Universe Tapes [2017] Who: Brooklyn-based SLEEPiES release yet another winner with this 4-track EP. Sound: Melt To You EP is another product from the SLEEPiES machine that spits out cool music. Release after release, this band just hit the spot when you need some sketchy-yet-catchy post-punk rock. TFN Final Take: I still haven’t gotten over SLEEPiES wonderful 2016 LP, Natural Selection and now SLEEPiES drop...

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Julien Baker: Turn Out The Lights [Album Review]
Oct30

Julien Baker: Turn Out The Lights [Album Review]

Julien Baker Turn Out The Lights 6131/Matador Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Julien Baker tells a story that you instantly will want to hear again. Album Review: When we first heard Julien Baker on her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle, you had a feeling it wouldn’t be the last from the young Memphis artist. Her delicate recording showed a raw vulnerability and a mature composure that well exceeded her then age of 19. Fast forward to her...

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The Spirit Of The Beehive: Pleasure Suck [Album Review]
Oct11

The Spirit Of The Beehive: Pleasure Suck [Album Review]

The Spirit Of The Beehive Pleasure Suck Tiny Engines [2017] Who: Philadelphia-based The Spirit of the Beehive deliver a superb album packed with lo-fi psychedelic charm. Sound: Pleasure Suck is a giant leap forward for the band. Their earlier LP and EP were good, but this album emits a warm druggy vibe that is part slacker rock, lo-fi DIY and psychedelic sensation all rolled into one. TFN Final Take: Thank goodness for those middle of...

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Shagg: Shagg [Album Review]
Oct04

Shagg: Shagg [Album Review]

Shagg Shagg Quality Time/Greenway Records [2017] Shagg should be on your radar. This Cleveland band will rock the crap out of you for this entire just over 14-minute record. Their arrangements are chaotic, the music is messy and they can blow your speakers out but all of those things are what I like about this debut. If you are getting my drift, Shagg give you an in your face hi speed rock that is energizing and unrelenting, while...

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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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