Gong Gong Gong: Phantom Rhythm [Album Review]
Oct09

Gong Gong Gong: Phantom Rhythm [Album Review]

Gong Gong Gong Phantom Rhythm Wharf Cat Records [2019] Who: Guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong are from Beijing’s underground indie scene and Phantom Rhythm is their debut LP. Sound: Phantom Rhythm is a psychedelic blues jam that also has an energetic jazz and surf background that is sewn together by Cantonese lyrics. TFN Final Take: A guitar-and-bass duo singing in Cantonese is a combination I would have never put together but...

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The Black Keys w/ Modest Mouse: Let’s Rock Tour 2019 [Concert Review]
Oct08

The Black Keys w/ Modest Mouse: Let’s Rock Tour 2019 [Concert Review]

The Black Keys w/ Modest Mouse; Let’s Rock Tour 2019; Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH – Wednesday, October 2, 2019 There are some bands who put so much distance between their latter day success and their modest early beginnings that its nearly impossible to imagine them learning their musical chops in a garage band from some small town because fame and success force you to see them only as what they’ve become. All you can see is...

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Temples: Hot Motion [Album Review]
Oct07

Temples: Hot Motion [Album Review]

Temples Hot Motion ATO [2019] Fire Note Says: Neo-psychedelic British band, Temples is back with their third album, bringing more of their mix of pop song melodicism with just enough colorful progressive instrumental moves to keep everyone on their toes. Album Review: The advance materials for the Kettering, Northhampshire, England band Temples’ third album release suggests that the band is part of a new-psychedelic revival that puts...

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Wilco: Ode To Joy [Album Review]
Oct04

Wilco: Ode To Joy [Album Review]

Wilco Ode To Joy dBpm [2019] Fire Note Says: Wilco’s 11th studio album starts out resembling Jeff Tweedy’s solo albums, but the second half brings the band back to life on some of their best pop singles. Album Review: The return of Wilco to the studio after a 2 and a half year hiatus from performing comes so close on the tail of the release of Jeff Tweedy’s solo album/s Warm and Warmer, that on early listens it feels like Ode To Joy...

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WIVES: So Removed [Album Review]
Oct03

WIVES: So Removed [Album Review]

WIVES So Removed City Slang [2019] Who: So Removed is the debut album from Queens, NY-based post-punks WIVES. Sound: WIVES have the New York swagger of The Strokes, channel the DC post-hardcore of Girls Against Boys, contain an edge of The Fall and bring out a similar Frank Black type Pixies vocal delivery. TFN Final Take: Right off the bat, from opening track “Waving Past Nirvana,” you will instantly connect to the coolness of WIVES....

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Kal Marks: Let The Shit House Burn Down [Album Review]
Oct02

Kal Marks: Let The Shit House Burn Down [Album Review]

Kal Marks Let The Shit House Burn Down Exploding in Sound Records [2019] Who: Boston’s Kal Marks rip their way through a 5-track EP, laying everything to waste with their wonderfully grotesque sound. Sound: Kal Marks make beautiful, grungy noise. Off-putting to some, but it draws me in every time. TFN Final Take: Let The Shit House Burn Down doesn’t waste any time. This 5-track EP is efficient. Lean and mean Kal Marks’ noise rock. “Nu...

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