Futurebirds announce Teamwork for 1/15/20

by Woody on November 13, 2019

Athens’ finest road warriors are back with their first LP since 2015’s Hotel Parties. And based on the first couple of tracks, we are due for a ripping good batch of Southern rock reverb soaked psychedelia. The boys will be releasing the album on their own label, VL4L Records.

Here’s a link to when the boys paid us a visit in 2010. Arguably the greatest video we did, complete with slow motion couch jump.

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Ratboys, the Chicago based band, that is built on the duo of Julia Steiner and Dave Fagan have become one of my favorites over the last couple of years. Their unique tales sung to their own brand of indie make them an easy band to reach for. Printer’s Devil is out on 2/28/20 via the fine folks of Topshelf Records. Here is some more info from the PR team.

Upheaval and change are themes spread throughout the songs on Printer’s Devil, the latest Ratboys LP, out February 28, 2020 via Topshelf Records. But all the while, singer-songwriter Julia Steiner embraces moments of uncertainty as a necessary part of growing. Steiner recalls a David Byrne lyric, “I’m lost, but I’m not afraid” as inspiration for the transformative outlook, considering the line a personal mantra while writing Ratboys’ third full-length record. “There’s definitely a lot of uncertainty about what’s next, but I like to think that, in the midst of creating a lot of vulnerability for ourselves, we’re confident and becoming more self-assured.”

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Beautiful Dudes – Radio (album review)

by Woody on November 12, 2019

Credit: Kaylja Rainn

Upon your first listen of Radio, it feels like a party album. I’m reminded of White Reaper or Diarrhea Planet. It is full of big riffs and choruses that demand that you sing along to. But as you dig into it, you realize there is way more lurking behind the surface. Tom Bevitori had started Beautiful Dudes ten years ago in his hometown of Nevada City, CA before heading off to Portland to taste some success; including this gem by Denver. Bevitori was dealt with a lifetime’s full of bad news over the course of a short-term – a bitter divorce, Crohn’s Disease diagnosis and substance abuse.

Bevitori went up and resurrected his hometown band – Robbie Landsburg, Art Echternacht and Zach Peach. During the course of their first album cycle, Bevitori relapsed. During his recovery, he really dug into his feelings. Opener, The Shape I’m In is this cathartic piece of rock ‘n’ roll. Crank it up, let it out and let yourself heal. That’s followed by Lose My Head; a tune that sounds like it is full of bravado but Bevitori again exposes the reality behind addiction.

This is a great album; made better cause it seems like Bevitori is in a good place now.

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Mikal Cronin – Seeker (album review)

by Woody on November 11, 2019

Photo Credit: Max Mendelsohn

Mikal Cronin holed up in a Southern California cabin for a month, “seeking” an album and came out with a fantastic LP. Cronin continues to put together a wide-ranging collection of tunes that work in garage, power-pop and psych rock. The fourth track, Fire, is a wonderful encapsulation of all this. It is such a big tune; a yearning track that looks for a new beginning. It is mournful at parts but the finish is the payoff you want and need.

Another tune that it is just a big proper rock tune is Guardian Well. The 45 second intro comes complete with harmonica before an understated Cronin delivers the first verse. The track is sprawling; reminds me of one of those epic Phosphorescent tunes.

Sometimes you listen to an album and you can just tell – this person is a pro. They get it. Cronin gets it. This is a rock album for people that appreciate music.

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Gabriel Birnbaum announces not alone for 11/22 release

November 8, 2019

Gabriel Birnbaum, lead singer of Wilder Maker, has his first solo album on the way via Arrowhawk Records. Based on these first couple of tracks, this album is gonna be a winner. The music feels warm and lived in. Do I know what that means? No. Do I like these tunes? Yes. Here’s some more […]

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Omni – Networker (album review)

November 7, 2019

Photo Credit: Emily Frobos Sometimes I’ll see a band down at SXSW and come away thinking meh. That happened with Omni a couple years back. It was a shitty room and the sound was horrible, instruments bleeding all over the place. I had listened to their 2017 effort Multi-Task a few times but truth be […]

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Frances Quinlan announces solo debut, Likewise for 1/31/20 release

November 6, 2019

Photo Credit – Julia Khorosilov Frances Quinlan of Hop Along is set to release her solo debut next year via the fine folks at Saddle Creek. I love Hop Along, one of my favorites around now. Much of that love is built around Quinlan’s unique and brilliant vocals. There are new sounds supporting Quinlan and […]

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Hazel English – Shaking

November 6, 2019

Photo credit: Janelle Shirtcliff Hazel English is back with her first new music since 2017. Signed to Polyvinyl, 2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Australian native. Here’s some info from the PR team. Hazel English is excited to share her first new music since 2017, with the sixties-imbued leftfield-pop slink […]

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Bethlehem Steel – s/t (album review)

November 1, 2019

Brooklyn’s Bethlehem Steel have upped their game on their sophomore album. Fronted by Rebecca Ryskalczyk the album packs more of a wallop than their debut. Sponge opens the proceedings; Ryskalczyk methodically speak-singing over a bass chord before the song explodes in fits throughout. The tracks pulls out you from every direction like Melkbelly’s best tracks. […]

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Post Animal release new single – Safe or Not & head out on tour

October 31, 2019

Chicago’s Post Animal is heading out on tour with fellow Chicago band, Twin Peaks. Before hitting the road, they put out a new single to follow up on their debut LP, When I Think Of You In A Castle. Consistent with their prior efforts, nothing is linear. The track is kind of all over the […]

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