Author Archives: John B. Moore

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…

Hite: Light of a Strange Day (Six Degrees)

Hite Light of a Strange Day (Six Degrees) Hite is the debut of a new band for Georgia native Julia Easterlin and it’s just as intriguing as her earlier efforts (most notably her work with guitarist Vieux Farka Toure). This…

Modern English: Take Me to the Trees (Self-Released)

Modern English Take Me to the Trees (Self-Released) The UK-based New Wave band Modern English have had a hell of a time shaking that one-hit wonder label. Ever since their early- ‘80s hit “I Melt With You” took over radio,…

Cory Branan: Adios (Bloodshot)

Cory Branan Adios (Bloodshot) The fact that Cory Branan is not on the tongue of every musical tastemaker around is proof that the system is broken. Across a half-a-dozen albums, Branan spins out one brilliant story after the next, blending…

The Bombpops: Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

No need to rush a good thing. Southern California band The Bombpops formed in 2007, but it’s taken almost a decade for the foursome to put out their first full length album. So why the wait? “It might seem like…

Ron Gallo: Heavy Meta (New West)

Ron Gallo Heavy Meta (New West) There is something heartening about a kid raised in the ‘90s who doesn’t immediately track to the obvious pop punk or neo-emo clichés in making music. Ron Gallo’s New West Records debut (and second…

Lawrence Morrill Glass: Neanderthal (Self-Released)

Lawrence Morrill Glass Neanderthal (Self-Released) Before he uprooted his life and moved to Austin to make it as a musician, Lawrence Morrill Glass worked as a set designer in LA where he also had a hand in special effects, working…

Ha Ha Tonka: Heart-Shaped Mountain (Bloodshot)

Ha Ha Tonka Heart-Shaped Mountain (Bloodshot) Since 2007, Missouri’s favorite sons have been churning out one great alt country/indie rock album after another and 10 years later they show no signs of giving up the ghost. “Heart-Shaped Mountain,” their fifth…

Louden Swain: No Time Like the Present (Car Wreckords)

Louden Swain No Time Like the Present (Car Wreckords) Yes, as a rule, actors and musicians should stay in their own lanes. But like every rule, there are exceptions, and Rob Benedict, singer/guitarist for the LA-based indie rock band Louden…