Author Archives: John B. Moore

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….

The Legal Matters: Conrad (Omnivore)

16The Legal Matters Conrad (Omnivore) Midwest-based group The Legal Matters is the power pop supergroup made up of members from bands you’ve likely never heard of (Hippodrome, anyone? The Phenomenal Cats? An American Underdog?). Regardless their collaboration in The Legal…

Travis Linville: Up Ahead (Self-Released)

Travis Linville Up Ahead (Self-Released) Even if he didn’t put out his own records, Travis Linville has already made an impressive impact on the next generation of Americana artists. He taught a young Parker Millsap how to play guitar and…