NO WIN – downey (album review)

by Woody on March 25, 2019

A lot of times at SXSW, I’ll go see a band or artist on the strength of one songs. Been some hits or misses along the way. Danny Nogueiras’ outfit certainly outkicked the coverage and had me looking forward to their full debut.

I’ve described NO WIN as indie-punk, power-pop, pop-punk, etc. but in reality it is simply a really good rock and roll album; one that Nogueiras poured his heart and soul into – including building his own studio. “I worked to the bone on this record,” says Nogueiras, “I make this kind of music because I love it genuinely, and I want as many people as possible to enjoy it.”

Well this person enjoys it from beginning to end. The opener, After Your Legs is an inch-perfect 2:20 of power pop to get things going. A few songs later is another gem in Vision; a coming of age track about the end of relationship. Shelley Duvall is another piece of power pop bliss that comes right before Being Teen gives a wistful look back at the past; at least for this old SOB.

Every aspect of this album is well done. Nogueiras busted his ass to make this album a reality and the payoff is well worth it.

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Ex Hex – Its Real (album review)

by Woody on March 22, 2019

Photo – Michael Lavine

Rock meets roll on a fantastic follow up to 2014’s Rips. This album stays true to the debut; a garage-punk album built on meaty riffs; but opens the palette a bit. It feels as if there’s more space and time throughout the album, almost as if they don’t feel as rushed to get their message across. The

Diamond Drive is pure class; Mary Timony’s guitar work is pure magic and the breathy harmonies are so well done. Cosmic Cave is another gem; like The Ronettes playing some sort of spaced out garage rock. Towards the back end, Radiate really illustrates that space-time continuum I mentioned in the first paragraph. Just a brilliant track made by pros.

It feels weird to say that Ex Hex had a sound after just one album, but I’ll say it nonetheless. On their sophomore album, they took that sound; added a few elements and made it better.

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Frankie and the Witch Fingers are a psych rock quartet out of LA. That’s the easy way to describe them as there are really so many influences throughout this album that allow them to put their own unique stamp on a genre that’s been around for 50 years.

I had the pleasure of taking in a set during SXSW and the one thing that really stuck with me is their songs (and the jams therein) all have a forward purpose. Songs like the title track never get weighed down by themselves; taking the listener on a wild ride. It is an eight minute ride that makes you wish were in a cartoon floating around.

Throughout their set and this album, bassist Alex Bulli played the part of the lighthouse in the storm; as Dylan Sizemore & Josh Menashe (guitar/vocals) and Shaughnessy Starr (drums) lost their shit around him. Whether it be the slow sludgy Cobwebs, the furious garage rock riffs of Work or the closer, Head Collector (complete with strings); the musicianship is always top notch.

Zam is the fifth album by FATW. I might be late to the game but I’m down with these guys.

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After spending most of his adult life without a driver’s license, Stephen McBean finally picked up his ticket to independence. That freedom (and burden) was the inspiration that led to 2016’s IV. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

Destroyer, named after the discontinued single-run 1985 Dodge Destroyer muscle car, is structured around the feeling of driving a hot rod. The album exists in the middle of the early-to-mid 80s Los Angeles war between punk and hair metal – it’s exhilarating, spirited, and dangerous. Throughout, youthful themes run rampant: “Boogie Lover” cruises down the Sunset Strip, “Horns Arising” is a fill-up at a desert gas station just in time to see a UFO hovering near a mesa, and “High Rise” rounds out a sense of teenage discovery.

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Trupa Trupa signs to Sub Pop; releases new track

March 18, 2019

Photo by MICHAL SZLAGA Sub Pop has landed another good one with Portland’s Trupa Trupa. I never managed to cross paths with them in Austin but Greg Kot had some nice words to say about them. Here’s some info from the PR team on the new track. Dream About is a new song that features […]

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Amyl & The Sniffers announce Monsoon Rock for 5/24 release

March 7, 2019

Aussie punk band, AMyl & The Sniffers are set to release their debut effort with ATO Records. And based on the first track and the live videos I’ve seen, this album will get the blood pumping. Here’s some info from the PR squad. The band said of the new track, “”Monsoon Rock” is just a […]

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Stef Chura announces Midnight for 6/7 release

March 7, 2019

photo credit: Chloe Sells Stef Chura is set to follow up 2017’s excellent Messes with Midnight; out June 7th via the fine folks at Saddle Creek. Messes was a raw, excellent album. For Midnight, she enlisted Will Toledo to handle the knobs and buttons, and there is a lot more going on here and I’m […]

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Black Pumas sign to ATO, release new track titled Fire

March 7, 2019

Photo by Merrick Ales Black Pumas are the duo of guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada and 27-year-old songwriter Eric Burton. They play crunchy brand of R&B and have taken Austin by storm. Looks like ATO took notice as they’ve added them to their impressive roster. Here’s some more info from the PR team. Burton is a relative […]

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She Keeps Bees announces Kinship for 5/10 release

March 6, 2019

Photo by Anna Groth-Shive She Keeps Bees is the married duo of Jess Larrabee and Andy LaPlant and they’re set to release their first album in five years. The new track utilizes less of the distorted guitars that I’d come to expect from them but and uses more keys. Andy’s tight beats and Jess’ powerful […]

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Faye Webster announces Atlanta Millionaires Club for May 24 release

March 6, 2019

Photo Credit: Eats Humans Faye Webster is set to release Atlanta Millionaires Club on May 24th via the fine folks at Secretly Canadian. That label seems like a good home for her; cause like the label, it’s tough to stick a genre on her. Here’s some info from the PR team. The lead single, “Room […]

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