Paul Orwell: SMUT [Album Review]
Nov27

Paul Orwell: SMUT [Album Review]

Paul Orwell SMUT Heavy Soul! Records [2019] TFN Album Review: Sixties influenced London rocker Paul Orwell has returned with his third record SMUT and it is a retro sounding barn burner. It’s loud, it’s brash and it does not take much time hitting any brakes. This carefree delivery by Orwell is his engaging quality and it never matters if his voice is out front or boosted with effect because he always demands your attention. Much like...

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Beck: Hyperspace [Album Review]
Nov26

Beck: Hyperspace [Album Review]

Beck Hyperspace Capitol Record [2019] Album Review: It has been a fun and curious thing to watch the evolution of Beck’s musical career from his breakout single, Loser in 1994 with its mix of lo-hi folk, hip-hop and blues influence and 2017’s Colors which was all glossy, polished synth pop with an 80’s retro vibe. In the intervening years, we got Odelay, which seemed to take the kinetic energy of Loser to the next level with its...

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters: “Just Trust” Tour [Concert Review]
Nov25

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: “Just Trust” Tour [Concert Review]

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: “Just Trust” Tour; Taft Theatre; Cincinnati, OH – Tuesday, November 19, 2019 It’s strangely comforting that the once famously “angry young man,” Elvis Costello can still surprise and challenge an audience at the age of 65, 42 years after his debut album. The very artist who got banned from “Saturday Night Live” for playing the forbidden song, “Radio Radio,” with the prophetic lyric “I want to...

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(Sandy) Alex G: House Of Sugar [Album Review]
Nov21

(Sandy) Alex G: House Of Sugar [Album Review]

(Sandy) Alex G House Of Sugar Domino Records [2019] TFN Album Review: It is hard to believe that Alex Giannascoli, aka (Sandy) Alex G, has now released three albums on Domino Records with House of Sugar. The record represents his ninth album overall, which for some artists could be their entire catalog, but at age 26 it still seems like Alex G is only getting started. House of Sugar continues right where his excellent Headphone...

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Dan Luke And The Raid: Out Of The Blue [Album Review]
Nov20

Dan Luke And The Raid: Out Of The Blue [Album Review]

Dan Luke And The Raid Out Of The Blue New West Records [2019] Album Review: I knew I wanted to review the debut album by Dan Luke and the Raid when I first caught their “Exoskeleton” video in a random moment online. Something about these twenty year olds having their way with a couple piñatas and the music’s back-to-basics rock essentials made a connection. But it was only after a few listens of this elemental rock effort, that I...

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Ty Segall: Pig Man Lives Volume I [Album Review]
Nov19

Ty Segall: Pig Man Lives Volume I [Album Review]

Ty Segall Pig Man Lives Volume I See Note / Drag City Records [2019] TFN Album Review: Ty Segall has been consistently releasing his style of garage indie rock music since 2007. Pig Man Lives Volume I is his new 4 LP vinyl only release compilation that captures his demos that span from 2007-2017. For fans, this is an oasis of music that captures 47 Ty Segall songs that plays much like a greatest hits album. It also is the perfect...

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