Author Archives: John B. Moore

Aaron Lee Tasjan: Silver Tears (New West)

Aaron Lee Tasjan Silver Tears (New West) Aaron Lee Tasjan may be prolific, but he is anything but easy to categorize. He’s played guitar with the New York Dolls and Drivin N’ Cryin, started his own Glam Indie rock band…

Tommy Stinson: One More Time Around with Bash & Pop

As many Replacements fans will tell you, good things come to those who wait. And while it took 22 years for Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg to reform the Replacements for a brilliant and ultimately short-lived reunion tour (by fans’…

The Superweaks: Fundamental Tantalizing Component

Philly-based five-piece the Superweaks have managed to take a wildly eclectic group of influences – everything from Thin Lizzy to Weezer – and wrap it in their own original sound for a fuzzed-out collection of pop ditties that manages to…

Big Star: Complete Third (Omnivore)

Big Star Complete Third (Omnivore) If not for Big Star, the late, great Memphis band that ran from ’72 to ’78 before finally calling it a day, we’d likely never have groups like Teenage Fanclub, R.E.M., The Replacements, The Posies……

The Deltahorse: Transatlantic (Slower Faster)

The Deltahorse Transatlantic (Slower Faster) You’d be hard pressed not to think of the brilliant Boston alt rock band Morphine when listening to The Deltahorse. The deep booming sax that is slathered across all 10 tracks of their ‘Transatlantic’ record…

Cinerama: Valentina[12” LP (HHBTM)

Cinerama Valentina[12” LP (HHBTM) David Gedge’s Cinerama, much like his other band, The Wedding Present, may no longer be active, but his songs are still finding an audience. With ‘Valentina,’ put out recently in the U.S. by Athens, GA-based label…

Hickoids: The Out of Towners (Saustex)

Hickoids The Out of Towners (Saustex) It was only a matter of time before The Hickoids, the definition of Texas Cow Punk, put out a covers album featuring tunes exclusively penned by Lone Star Staters. The mini-album ‘The Out of…

Cowtown: Paranormal Romance 12” LP (HHBTM)

Cowtown Paranormal Romance 12” LP (HHBTM) UK-based group Cowtown, along with having a truly great band name, have a jerky, frenetic sound that is equal parts Talking Heads and Oingo Boingo with just enough pop hooks to recall a band…

Maradeen: Above the Horizon (Self-Released)

Maradeen Above the Horizon (Self-Released) On ‘Above the Horizon,’ Nashville’s Maradeen manages to deftly blend pop with classic Southern Rock and a little bit of the 1970s Laurel Canyon sound for a nostalgic album crammed with sweet harmonies. Pulling together…