Author Archives: John B. Moore

Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways (New West)

Sara Watkins Young in All the Wrong Ways (New West) Sara Watkins has called ‘Young in All the Wrong Ways’ a breakup album with herself. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I…

Blue Jeans: Songs Are Easy (Jigsaw)

Blue Jeans Songs Are Easy (Jigsaw) And you thought “pop” was a dirty word. On their full-length, ‘Songs Are Easy,’ the band Blue Jeans manages to grab influences from T. Rex, the Modern Lovers and Material Issue and pull together…

Lasers Lasers Birmingham: Royal Blue EP (Self-Released)

Lasers Lasers Birmingham Royal Blue EP (Self-Released) Oddly appealing name aside, LA-based Lasers Lasers Birmingham owes way more to classic country folks like Johnny and Waylon than the EDM-sounding moniker would have you believe. On his second EP, ‘Royal Blue,’…

Draa: Economically Speaking

Most bands that start out in high school end up being little more than a name, a logo on notebooks, and maybe a few tepid jam sessions in someone’s basement before drifting apart. But the origins of the Tempe-based band…

Sunset Shipwrecks Forms Out Of American Steel

American Steel put out five full lengths and a handful of 7”s and EPs over their nearly 15 years of existence, winning over fans across the globe and earning a reputation as of one of the most consistently great punk…

Vinyl: The Complete First Season (HBO)

Vinyl The Complete First Season (HBO) One of the most talked about TV series of the year, “Vinyl” appeared to have everything going for it: created by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese with a focus on the debaucheries of the…

Slobberbone: Bees and Seas: The Best Of (New West)

Slobberbone Bees and Seas: The Best Of (New West) After about a decade of laying low, the Texas-based alt country/rock underdogs that make up Slobberbone are back with a “best of” album, culling material from their four drastically underrated albums….

10,000 Maniacs: Playing Favorites (Omnivore)

10,000 Maniacs Playing Favorites (Omnivore) It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then a band can be just as successful, if not more so, after replacing their singer. Unfortunately, 10,000 Maniacs are not one of those bands. Natalie Merchant…

Young Mister: Self-Titled 12″ (Refresh)

Young Mister Self-Titled 12″ (Refresh) Over eight tracks, Young Mister – under the guidance of Steven Fiore – creates a stirring mix of Americana, contemporary folk and pop, making for a remarkable debut. Not afraid to draw on influences like…

The Flux Machine: Louder! (Self-Released)

The Flux Machine Louder! (Self-Released) Not exactly punk rock or even metal and certainly not indie rock or pop, New York’s the Flux Machine play straight-up guitar rock not heard (aside from the Foo Fighters) since alternative rock stopped being…

2/3 Goat: Let it Rise (Self-Released)

2/3 Goat Let it Rise (Self-Released) Yes, that’s the band name and no, I have no idea about the meaning or origin of the quirky moniker. But 2/3 Goat does play an impressive mix of folk and Americana (the New…

Imaginary Sons: Don’t Impress Me (Bossy Lil’ Thing)

Imaginary Sons Don’t Impress Me (Bossy Lil’ Thing) Richmond, Virginia’s Imaginary Sons channel a slew of influences, from Queens of the Stone Age and Primus to the Butthole Surfers and Meat Puppets, on their sophomore effort ‘Don’t Impress Me.’ The…