Album Reviews

Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside – Dirty Radio [Album Review]

April 29, 2011

Back in 2009, Portland’s Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside found themselves a fan in Seth Avett. They opened up for The Avett Brothers in Portland and again for NYE in front of 7,700 in Asheville. After spinning Dirty Radio a few times, I could see why Seth and the fine people of Portland have […]

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Bahamas – Pink Strat [Album Review]

April 22, 2011

It’s almost Easter, so I figured I’d write about a dude with an Easter egg colored guitar. Bahamas, aka Afie (pronounced AY-fee) Jurvanen, is a Canadian songwriter that has performed as sideman to Jason Collett, Amy Milan, and then formed a back up band and toured behind Feist for three years. In 2009 he released […]

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O’Death – Outside [Album Review]

April 18, 2011

I’ve loved O’Death since I first heard their ’07 album, Head Home. Seeing them live only cemented my infatuation with them. They have a unique and dark bluegrass sound, accented by Greg Jamie’s vocals, and their frantic performances are something to behold. O’Death’s third album, Outside, is a gauge of where that band is going […]

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Delta Spirit – The Waits Room EP [EP and Concert Review]

December 7, 2010

My colleagues recently waxed poetic on LPs by The Fling and Darker My Love. These bands comprised two thirds of a bill that featured fellow Californians, Delta Spirit, on a late November evening at Webster Hall. The concert fell in the middle of a month long tour that found Delta Spirit in top form as […]

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Pepper Rabbit – Beauregard [Album Review]

November 29, 2010

A few months ago Oz posted about the lead track by a little known band called Pepper Rabbit. “Older Brother” is a mesmerizing piece of folk-pop that is at times stark and at other points fully orchestrated. The ukulele purposely moves along as horns and piano dance around it. It is a brilliant piece of […]

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Darker My Love – Alive As You Are [Album Review]

November 26, 2010

Alive As You Are is Darker My Love’s third disc. Fronted by Tim Presley, the band apparently changed their sound dramatically after Presley’s father’s death. Their first two albums were described as being born in the shoegaze territory. And while shoegaze is territory that I don’t care to delve into very much, Alive As You […]

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The Sumner Brothers – Self Titled [Album Review]

November 17, 2010

The Sumner Brothers were recommended to us by our fine Canadian friends, The Deep Dark Woods. We’ve shown a propensity for liking the same music, it seemed likely that we’d be fans of Bob & Brian Sumner. In fact, The Sumner Brothers are featured on the same Townes Van Zandt compilation alongside The Deep Dark […]

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Black Dub, The Latest Incarnation of Daniel Lanois [Albumn Review]

October 29, 2010

Its hard not to reference his insane list of credits over the past few decades when mentioning Daniel Lanois. The guy has produced some amazing pieces of work in his career.  However, it wasnt until I heard Lanois third solo album entitled Shine that I started paying close attention to him.  That was in 2003.  […]

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The Avett Brothers, Live Vol. 3 [Album Review]

October 26, 2010

For anyone that has followed The Avett Brothers over the years, you know how special their shows have become. In 2009-2010, the band matured into one of the best live acts around and Live, Volume 3, with the help of Rick Rubin’s production, fully captures the essence of Avett. It’s more than a concert album […]

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The Sheepdogs, Learn and Burn [Album, Concert Review]

October 23, 2010

Apparently, theres a saying that “nothing ever comes out of Saskatchewan, Canada except hookers and hockey players.” Nonetheless, there are at least two bands that are making a strong case for the statement to be augmented to include musicians. The Deep Dark Woods, a longtime favorite of HearYas, are one. While the other band, The […]

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