Author Archives: John B. Moore

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…

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…