Author Archives: John B. Moore

The Dustbowl Revival: Self-titled (Signature Sounds)

The Dustbowl Revival Self-titled (Signature Sounds) Venice, California-based band the Dustbowl Revival roll deep; like Arcade Fire deep. All eight members clearly serve a vital role as the band has managed to turn in one of the most exciting records…

Fastball: Step Into Light (Fastball Partners)

Fastball Step Into Light (Fastball Partners) The backlash against Austin-based pop rock trio Fastball came pretty fast, even by modern pop culture standards. Their sophomore effort, 1998’s ‘All the Pain Money Can’t Buy,’ spun off three really big hits: “The…

BoDeans: Thirteen (Free & Alive)

BoDeans Thirteen (Free & Alive) It’s been nearly 35 years since Wisconsin roots-rockers the BoDeans first got together and they continue to churn out new music. But if the last few records are any indication, they may have run out…

Bayside: Opening Up On ‘Vacancy’

It’s been almost two decades since Anthony Raneri first started the pop punk band Bayside. Over that time, the group has had a few line-up changes, toured the world several times over and watched the music business jump from genre…

The Band Of Heathens: Duende (BOH)

The Band Of Heathens Duende (BOH) It’s been four years since their last record and a slew of lineup changes since their founding, but thankfully little has changed for Austin-based five piece The Band Of Heathens. They still cling tightly…

X Japan: We Are X (Magnolia Home Ent)

X Japan We Are X (Magnolia Home Ent) X Japan may be the biggest band in the world you’ve never heard of. But this brilliant documentary does a fantastic job of making you care about them regardless. The team behind…

The Dirty Nil: Minimum R&B (Fat Wreck Chords)

The Dirty Nil Minimum R&B (Fat Wreck Chords) Canadian trio the Dirty Nil may only have one proper studio LP to their name, but thanks to an onslaught of singles and EPs dating back to 2011, there are plenty of…

Date Night With Brian: EP (Top Drawer)

Date Night With Brian EP (Top Drawer) The bass-less trio Date Night With Brian make up for the missing instrument with solid drumming and a brilliant two guitar attack plan. The Seattle group combines a fantastic mix of classic ‘90s…

The Flywheels: I’m For the Flowers (Mystery Lawn)

The Flywheels I’m For the Flowers (Mystery Lawn) In 2017, any band that offers their debut album in both electronic AND vinyl form deserves major street cred. And thus we should kneel to The Flywheels’ for their release of ‘I’m…

Elliott Smith: Either/Or: Expanded Edition (Kill Rock Stars)

Elliott Smith Either/Or: Expanded Edition (Kill Rock Stars) Elliott Smith’s last studio album for the Kill Rock Stars label finally gets a proper re-release 20 years later, complete with some cool added music. ‘Either/Or,’ Smith’s third album, was as well…