The Mr. T Experience: MTX Forever [Album Review]
Mar24

The Mr. T Experience: MTX Forever [Album Review]

The Mr. T ExperienceMTX ForeverSounds Rad [2020] If your were around for the punk rock explosion that was helped along and spotlighted by Green Day in 1994, then you just might know The Mr. T Experience. The band actaully formed in 1985 and has a history that spans over 30 years and eleven studio albums, not to mention countless singles and EPs but their most “popular” records were on staple punk label Lookout! Records and...

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Sleepies: Time v Pleasure [Album Review]
Mar23

Sleepies: Time v Pleasure [Album Review]

Sleepies Time v PleasureSelf-Released [2020] Who: Sleepies awake from their three year hiatus to deliver a unique take on their sound. Sound: Sleepies branch off from their established jangly post-punk sound and dive into the early years of stripped-down post-punk with stunning results. I have been a fan of Sleepies since I heard the herky-jerky Cool Boy in 2012. Weird Wild World, their 2nd LP, was a mind-blowing album and made...

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Rookie: Rookie [Album Review]
Mar20

Rookie: Rookie [Album Review]

Rookie RookieBloodshot Records [2020] The debut album of 6-piece Chicago band Rookie comes out of the box just dripping with references to a much earlier time in rock music history. From the opening crunchy guitar chords of “Hold On Tight,” it’s clear this band’s goals are to relive in a fresh way the musical highlights of ‘70’s guitar rock, from the likes of Free, AC/DC, Bad Co., Cheap Trick or Big Star. At their best, like on “Miss...

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Yumi Zouma: Truth Or Consequences [Album Review]
Mar19

Yumi Zouma: Truth Or Consequences [Album Review]

Yumi Zouma Truth Or ConsequencesPolyvinyl Records [2020] The third full-length effort from the quartet of New Zealanders who got their start playing shows around Christchurch in 2014, finds the popsters delivering another album of light electronic dance grooves focused on listener friendly melodies. While the four no longer live close together on one continent, they continue to collaborate on dreamy electro-pop with a focus on the...

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Monophonics: It’s Only Us [Album Review]
Mar17

Monophonics: It’s Only Us [Album Review]

Monophonics It’s Only Us Colemine Records [2020] We are currently in really strange times so the smooth soul of the Monophonics fifth record, It’s Only Us, brings on a very comforting vibe that just blankets you with its harmonizing background vocals. The West coast band has dubbed their sound “psychedelic soul” and I feel more than previous records their own labeling really sticks. The slick vocal delivery of...

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The Districts: You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere [Album Review]
Mar16

The Districts: You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere [Album Review]

The DistrictsYou Know I’m Not Going AnywhereFat Possum Records [2020] For The Districts’ fourth full-length release, You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere, singer/songwriter Rob Grote withdrew to his bedroom with a guitar, a synthesizer, and a drum machine during a period of introspection and creative exploration while juggling “this desperate desire to escape and the need to show up in my life.” The result was 32 songs that deal with...

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