Category Archives: Album Reviews

Jacksonville Florida’s Teen Divorce Release First EP

Teen Divorce – Almost Heaven EP Review

Jacksonville Florida emo/punk pop trio Teen Divorce dropped their self produced debut EP Almost Heaven, late this winter, in the midst of 2017 tour leg. The record has a unique and nostalgic feel despite a fairly modern indie sound. It’s heartfelt and almost accidentally catchy. Their music is obviously genuine and I see a lot of potential in their work as they move forward through upcoming tour dates and a future full length record.

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Album Review: Les Bohem – Moved to Duarte

Les Bohem, Moved to DuarteLes Bohem has had a varied career. He came to music in the mid-80’s with the band Gleaming Spires who had a minor cult hit with “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls.” He was also a member of the grossly underrated band Sparks, for whom he played bass. The interesting thing about Bohem is that at one point, as his music career stalled, he picked up a pen and began writing screenplays. Bohem found success writing feature films including Daylight, Dante’s Peak, The Alamo, and The Darkest Hour. He won an Emmy for writing and producing the mini-series Taken with Steven Spielberg.

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Panic In Eden – In the Company of Vultures

From the opening lick of the first single from Panic In Eden’s record In the Company of Vultures, It is clear that the swampy quintet is out to make a statement. The dirty fuzz of guitars sound louder than usual on a record that burns bright with the clearcut sound of raw energy. I guess it’s fitting that the band is from the grit of Los Angeles, the sound is vintage LA, but encapsulates a something that could be mid-70’s America. Three part harmonies, dual guitars, and an almost southern delivery, dare I say that it’s a rock n roll revival.

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Tilted Axes Album Review: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Tilted Axes Album Review

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Unfortunately society tends to poke fun at things that are experimental. We keep the creativity of Sonic Youth underground, and put Kanye West on a pedestal. We shove King Crimson in the corners of our couch cushions and laud Lady Gaga for wearing meat…. Which is still pretty sweet though…. But King Crimson is soooo fucking good…..

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Blue & Lonesome Review

The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome Review

Blue & Lonesome ReviewThe Rolling Stones have gone back to their roots, their deep bluesy roots.

When the Stones broke through more than five decades ago, they were a bluesy outfit inspired by legendary bluesmen.  They were fond of playing early hits from Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed and Howlin’ Wolf, and actually featured covers from those artists on their debut album, The Rolling Stones.

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Fear City Album Review

Fear City Album Review – Surf Rock from NYC

Fear City Album ReviewEarlier this month, fans of guitar rock were gifted with a new instrumental album from New York City surf rock trio Fear City. The music on their new album is timeless and comfortable, yet distinctive and urgent. It’s like a journey into a world where Huntington Beach borders early 70’s Times Square.

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Brett Newski Album Review

Brett Newski Album Review – Land Air Sea Garage

Brett Newski Album Review“Not all who wander are lost” reads the tire cover on the jeep in front of me that’s as red as the light we’re stuck at.  To me it seems a superfluous statement but to others it could be a revelation.  Some people find discontentment and stagnation when they stay in the same place for too long, like every idle minute is a wasted minute.  There is simply too much beyond the driveway to risk missing.  I took this assignment after reading the brief description because it immediately felt relatable despite not hearing a single note.

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Album Review: Red Fang Only Ghosts

Red Fang Only Ghosts Album Review

red fang only ghostsRed Fang is that rare band that mixes head numbing sludge metal coupled with a humor rarely found – levels only The Melvins and Mastodon can reach. The Portland, Oregon outfit have been around since 2005. They’re back after touring incessantly for three years with their fourth full-length record Only Ghosts. It’s a badass record from a badass group pushed by hilarious videos that have since gone viral on the interwebs. Red Fang and Only Ghosts have entered the upper-echelon of rock stalwarts with boogie rock that hits as hard as it does dances.

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