Category: Reviews

Jake Clarke / Spur: Split LP 12” (Disposition Collective)

Jake Clarke / Spur Split LP 12” (Disposition Collective) When Pennsylvania post-grunge rockers Superheaven called it quits last year, it didn’t take long for frontman and guitarist Jake Clarke to get to work on his solo material. The hard work paid off…

Clem Snide: You Were a Diamond (HHBTM)

Clem Snide You Were a Diamond (HHBTM) They may be Boston-based, but Clem Snide was still one of the best alt country bands going throughout the ’90s and early aughts. Their debut, “You Were a Diamond,” which came out in…

Dirty Fences: First EP [Expanded Reissue] 12” (Dirty Water)

Dirty Fences First EP [Expanded Reissue] 12” (Dirty Water) Boston’s Dirty Fences is comprised of three Maxes and a Jack – Jack Daves (vocals, guitar), Max Roseglass (guitar), Max Comaskey (bass), and Max Hiersteiner (drums). The group of punk rockers…

Holy Motors: Sleepryder b/w Descending 7″ (Wharf Cat)

Holy Motors Sleepryder b/w Descending 7″ (Wharf Cat) Holy Motors follows up their ‘Heavenly Creatures’ 7-inch with another 7-inch – “Sleepryder” backed with “Descending.” The songs are billed as love stories inspired by Chris Isaak songs and Spanish blues, and…

Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament (Bloodshot)

Scott H. Biram The Bad Testament (Bloodshot) Lone Star state native Scott H. Biram started blending punk rock, blues, and country years before anyone decided to christen the cobbled-together genre, folk punk. Across nearly a dozen releases, Biram has been…

The Masonics: Obermann Rides Again (Dirty Water)

The Masonics Obermann Rides Again (Dirty Water) Formed in 1991, garage rock revivalists the Masonics are still proudly waving the flag for the Medway scene, which centered on five towns around Kent, England. The scene was made famous in the…

Can’t Swim: Fail You Again (Pure Noise)

Can’t Swim Fail You Again (Pure Noise) Not even two years old yet, the Keansburg New Jersey-based rock band Can’t Swim has a promising debut album on their hands with ‘Fail You Again.’ Formed by drummer-turned-guitarist and singer/songwriter, Chris LoPorto,…

Chicano Batman: Freedom is Free (ATO)

Chicano Batman Freedom is Free (ATO) With the first strums of “Passed You By,” and the airy vocals of lead singer Bardo Martinez, I was transported back to a hazy, 1972-Curtis Mayfield, kind of day. Sun shining, surrounded by friends,…

Skinny Girl Diet: Heavy Flow (HHBTM)

Skinny Girl Diet Heavy Flow (HHBTM) The British feminist punk trio Skinny Girl Diet are a reminder that the Riotgrrl movement, though a little more under the radar, is still alive in bands across the globe. Their first full-length, the…

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….

Churchwood: Hex City (Saustex)

Churchwood Hex City (Saustex) Pulitzer prize winning film critic Roger Ebert once said that the best movies are those that – figuratively – start in one place and end in another. It’s the journey that makes the experience so meaningful…

Rodney Crowell: Close Ties (New West)

Rodney Crowell Close Ties (New West) It’s been a little over two years since multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell released the critically acclaimed album, ‘The Traveling Kind,’ a duets album, with longtime collaborator Emmylou Harris. Now the crooner returns…

Wonky Tonk: Love Detox 7″ (Leesta Vall Sound)

Wonky Tonk Love Detox 7″ (Leesta Vall Sound) Jasmine Lorraine Poole is the brainchild behind Wonky Tonk. She was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky where she fell in love with Loretta Lynn and admired the work of John Prine…