Author Archives: John B. Moore

Clem Snide: You Were a Diamond (HHBTM)

Clem Snide You Were a Diamond (HHBTM) They may be Boston-based, but Clem Snide was still one of the best alt country bands going throughout the ’90s and early aughts. Their debut, “You Were a Diamond,” which came out in…

Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament (Bloodshot)

Scott H. Biram The Bad Testament (Bloodshot) Lone Star state native Scott H. Biram started blending punk rock, blues, and country years before anyone decided to christen the cobbled-together genre, folk punk. Across nearly a dozen releases, Biram has been…

Skinny Girl Diet: Heavy Flow (HHBTM)

Skinny Girl Diet Heavy Flow (HHBTM) The British feminist punk trio Skinny Girl Diet are a reminder that the Riotgrrl movement, though a little more under the radar, is still alive in bands across the globe. Their first full-length, the…

Surprise Vacation: Stealing Office Supplies (Our Damn Selves)

Surprise Vacation Stealing Office Supplies (Our Damn Selves) The world certainly may not need another punk band from Southern California, but when they are as casually comfortable as Surprise Vacation, you realize there may actually be room for another one….

Guy Clark: The Best of the Dualtone Years (Dualtone)

Guy Clark The Best of the Dualtone Years (Dualtone) I think we can collectively agree that 2016 was a fucking brutal year to be a music fan. The grim reaper took Prince, David Bowie, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen, George Michael…

Judas Priest: Turbo 30 (Legacy)

Judas Priest Turbo 30 (Legacy) Raise those devil horns high – Legacy has just released a massive 3-CD set of Judas Priest’s three-decade old ‘Turbo’ album, dubbed ‘Turbo 30’ (natch). The record, the band’s 10th, was definitely not without controversy;…

Shinyribs: I Got Your Medicine (Mustard Lid)

Shinyribs I Got Your Medicine (Mustard Lid) One of the best scenes in John Hughes 1987 film “Adventures in Babysitting” was when the kids stumble into a late night blues club and belt out an impromptu, catchy little ditty that…

Dropkick Murphys: Inside Creative Embryo’s

For the past 20 years, the Dropkick Murphys have recorded every album in their native Boston – close to family and friends. But for ‘11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory,’ the group’s ninth studio album, they decided to pack…

Matthew Squires: Tambaleo (Already Dead Tapes)

Matthew Squires Tambaleo (Already Dead Tapes) For the past few years, Austin-based musician Matthew Squires has been turning out one great album of quirky indie pop after another and “Tambaleo” shows no signs that he is letting up anytime soon….

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes (Eagle Rock)

Arcade Fire The Reflektor Tapes (Eagle Rock) Arcade Fire has been an enigma ever since 2004’s brilliant Springsteen-influenced “Funeral” brought the Montreal band global attention. Their refusal to stay in one musical place too long, incorporating a more dance-heavy vibe…

Thorcraft Cobra: The Distance (Plaza Bowl)

Thorcraft Cobra The Distance (Plaza Bowl) Classic rock and power pop had a kid, named it Thorcraft, and man, did that brat know how to write a song! On their second record, “The Distance,” Thorcraft Cobra (honestly, a wasted name…

Set the Boy Free: By Johnny Marr (Dey Street)

Set the Boy Free By Johnny Marr (Dey Street) Almost as a rule, musician autobiographies are a chance to settle scores, name names, spew vitriol, essentially an exercise in one-sided venting. Obviously, someone forgot to mention that to Johnny Marr….