Author Archives: Ellisa Farias Cameron

Curse Of Lono: Severed (Submarine Cat)

Curse Of Lono Severed (Submarine Cat) The debut, self-titled album, ‘Curse of Lono,’ is a beautiful life force to suck into your soul. From start to finish, the record delivers interesting and biting lyrics, sung to a unique blend of…

Chicano Batman: Freedom is Free (ATO)

Chicano Batman Freedom is Free (ATO) With the first strums of “Passed You By,” and the airy vocals of lead singer Bardo Martinez, I was transported back to a hazy, 1972-Curtis Mayfield, kind of day. Sun shining, surrounded by friends,…

Pearl Jam’s ‘Vs.’ Turns 23

It was October 19, 1993 when ‘Vs.’ was released. I had a newborn, a 2-year-old and a full time job. My only music goal was to save any extra cash on duplicating my vinyl favorites on CD’s. I had no…

Heart: Beautiful Broken (Concord)

Heart Beautiful Broken (Concord) The Wilson sisters have taken on a new endeavor, and it’s called ‘Beautiful Broken.’ They cherry picked tracks off previous albums that they felt had fallen through the cracks because of the rules of radio play…

The Nightowls: Royal Sessions (Super Sonic Sounds)

The Nightowls Royal Sessions (Super Sonic Sounds) The Austin-based band the Nightowls has hit its stride with the new EP, ‘Royal Sessions.’ Recorded in the Royal Studios in Memphis, the record has a newer, more unique sound than their previous…

Don Tigra: Self-Titled (Self-Released)

Don Tigra Self-Titled (Self-Released) Here are ten tracks that get your suitcase packed, the gas tanked filled, and ready for your big summer road trip. Frontman Stephen Gordon sings these beautiful songs to free us. There’s the perfect mix of…

Tom Waits: Down & Dirty: Interviews and Contributions (IV Media)

Tom Waits Down & Dirty: Interviews and Contributions (IV Media) “Down & Dirty” is more or less a fan compilation of interviews with Tom Waits over several years. The more is, the interviews are all interesting exchanges and important to…

Chance the Rapper Bringing the Heat Independent Style

Are You Ready For Your Blessings? Chance the Rapper is. The 23-year-old, South Side of Chicago native, has blessed us with another incredible mixtape. ‘Coloring Book’ is simply a beautiful collection of songs that tell stories of love, fatherhood, being…

2016 Bottlerock Festival In the Rearview Mirror

Another one of the all too popular music festivals has come and gone: Bottlerock, now in year four, has finally redeemed itself after its inaugural disaster. Each year has seen improvement, better lineups, more vendors and three days of sold…

Land Of Leland: Home Away (Primary)

Land Of Leland Home Away (Primary) I first heard Land of Leland’s Justin Keller when he did a delicious cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere.” His haunting and soothing vocals are infectious, cutting deep into your soul, right through the layers…

Jennifer O’Connor: Surface Noise (Kiam)

Jennifer O’Connor Surface Noise (Kiam) Below the surface noise is a calmness, a place to regroup and breathe. This is exactly where the songs on Jennifer O’Connor’s latest release ‘Surface Noise’ take you, to a lighter, better place. My first…