Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Got Soul [Album Review]
Apr19

Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Got Soul [Album Review]

Robert Randolph & The Family Band Got Soul Sony Masterworks [2017] Fire Note Says: Nothing else sounds like the mysterious pedal steel guitar in the hands of Robert Randolph, who mixes blues, gospel, R&B with jam band rock on his latest studio outing. Album Review: Fifteen years ago, Robert Randolph and his Family Band burst into rock music consciousness with Live at the Wetlands — a concert album of the band’s final...

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Guided By Voices: August By Cake [Album Review]
Apr04

Guided By Voices: August By Cake [Album Review]

Guided By Voices August By Cake Guided By Voices, Inc. [2017] Fire Note Says: Robert Pollard’s 100th album is also one of his best. Album Review: Releasing a shit ton of music is in Robert Pollard’s DNA. Even Captain Obvious knows this. And no, he does not hold any kind of record for most songs written or albums released (see R. Stevie Moore or Buckethead for that) but unlike those prolific artists, Pollard’s output...

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Richard Edwards: Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset [Album Review]
Mar30

Richard Edwards: Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset [Album Review]

Richard Edwards Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset Joyful Noise Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: Pain, torment and anguish turn Richard Edwards’ near demise into a biographical rebirth. Album Review: Through my musical journey, Margot and the Nuclear So and So‘s is a band that‘s meant quite a lot to me. Not only have they shaped what I look for and enjoy in music, they also taught me that music can be a deep, intimate form of story...

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Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers: The Rags Of Absence
Mar28

Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers: The Rags Of Absence

Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers The Rags Of Absence Self-Released [2017] Fire Note Says: Mallonee’s literate poetic sensibilities matched by the music’s virtuosity and tone, produce another powerful concoction. Album Review: The first time I heard songs by singer/songwriter Bill Mallonee was when his debut major label album with Vigilantes of Love arrived in my mailbox in 1991 with a bag of finishing nails. The album called...

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Smug Brothers: Disco Maroon [Album Review]
Mar27

Smug Brothers: Disco Maroon [Album Review]

Smug Brothers Disco Maroon Gas Daddy Go! Records [2017] Who: Smug Brothers, a Dayton-based quartet, return with their 10th release. Sound: Disco Maroon sees the Smug Brothers carry on their tradition of delivering ultra-catchy rock to their listeners. TFN Final Take: Even though they are 10 releases into their discography, the Smug Brothers continue to grow and develop their sound on Disco Maroon. Some tracks still have that trademark...

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Baked: Farnham [Album Review]
Mar23

Baked: Farnham [Album Review]

Baked Farnham Exploding In Sound Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Baked may have released one of the best albums of 2017 with the genre blending and bending second LP, Farnham. Album Review: New York’s Baked features a new lineup that consists of RJ Gordon (Titus Andronicus) on vocals and guitar, Isabella Mingione on vocals, keyboards, and Hammond organ, Jeremy Aquilino on bass and vocals, AJ Pantaleo (Bueno) on drums, and Steve...

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