album review

Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk [Album Review + Chicago Ticket Giveaway]

March 27, 2012

Vancouver band Yukon Blonde performed sets at SXSW that can turn casual bystanders into fans for life. A good friend of ours, affectionately known as SafariMan, rode his rented bike across town to catch them at The San Jose and declared that it would be his best set of SXSW. And that was on Thursday […]

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Lucero – Women & Work [Album Review]

March 26, 2012

As you get older, your tastes change. For example, I used to watch ESPN religiously. Now I would much rather watch The Travel Channel and shows like No Reservations, Man vs. Food and Weird Foods. For Lucero, they have embraced the sound of their hometown of Memphis; a sound that their earlier albums rebelled against. […]

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Yellow Ostrich – Strange Land [Album Review]

March 7, 2012

“The Mistress was a guy in a bedroom,” says lead singer Alex Schaaf. “Strange Land is a band. In a slightly bigger room.” Considering I overlooked Alex’s debut project, I had little to go on when reading that statement. I first heard the single “Marathon Runner” off of their just released LP, Strange Land, and […]

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First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar [Album Review]

January 30, 2012

The problem with First Aid Kit is that their singing is so damn good that you’ll overlook their equally good songwriting.  The album opens with this verse on its title track: Now the pale morning sings of forgotten things She plays a tune for those who wish to overlook the fact that they’ve been blindly […]

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River Whyless – A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door [Album Review]

January 19, 2012

River Whyless came to us via an email from one of their fans. She said, “If you have some time to take a listen you won’t be sorry.” No lofty band comparisons included and no hipster name-dropping – just a bold proclamation. Not knowing if I was about to hear electronica, metal or some blend […]

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Buxton – Nothing Here Seems Strange [Album Review]

January 9, 2012

I’m really looking forward to music in 2012. We’ve got releases coming out from Lucero, Damien Jurado, The Shins, Delta Spirit and a bunch more. But in all the excitement, let’s not overlook the up and comers in 2012. One such band is a five-piece folk-rock band from Houston that goes by the name Buxton. […]

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WATERS – Out In The Light [Album Review]

October 31, 2011

WATERS is the band that emerged after Port O’Brien dissolved. Founding POB front man Van Pierszalowski fled the States for Oslo, Norway after the breakup before continuing his travels to Alaska where he’d spent time working with his father, a commercial fisherman. Then off to his hometown in Northern California, over to Brooklyn, then back […]

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Deer Tick – Divine Providence [Album Review]

October 27, 2011

I was talking about Deer Tick to some guys that had never heard of them before. My description was one of an old time rock and roll band who are about drinking canned beer, smoking reds and wearing their hearts on their sleeves. In any Deer Tick album, you’re going to have a few moments […]

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She Keeps Bees – Dig On [Album Review]

October 20, 2011

Since we’ve been blogging about music, I’ve discovered new bands in all sorts of unique ways. This one might take the cake. I was coaching my kid’s kindergarten baseball team and mentioned to the other coach that I was going to go to Schubas that night. It turned out that his brother-in-law and his girlfriend […]

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The Barr Brothers – S/T Debut [Album Review]

October 14, 2011

“Hey! You harpist! Turn it down. C’mon, I’m trying to think over here.” Thankfully Brad Barr didn’t have that reaction when living next door to harpist Sarah Page or else I might have been robbed of one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. In a scene that can only be recreated in a […]

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