Category: New releases

The Dollyrots: Whiplash Splash (Arrested Youth)

The Dollyrots Whiplash Splash (Arrested Youth) A couple weeks ago, one of the best releases of 2017 came out with the Dollyrots’ sixth studio album ‘Whiplash Splash.’ While throttling her Gibson Thunderbird bass, Kelly Ogden’s voice ranges from sugary sweet,…

All Them Witches: Sleeping Through the War (New West)

All Them Witches Sleeping Through the War (New West) Despite their clear and obvious talents, some groups are inevitably trapped in that gray area between basking in the limelight and limping along as average white noise playing almost unnoticed in…

Chris Bergson Band: Bitter Midnight (Two shirt)

Chris Bergson Band Bitter Midnight (Two shirt) Artists are often associated with a city or region; Chris Bergson is New York City through and through. His music are the voice of the soul of the city. His latest album ‘Bitter…

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…

Curse Of Lono: Severed (Submarine Cat)

Curse Of Lono Severed (Submarine Cat) The debut, self-titled album, ‘Curse of Lono,’ is a beautiful life force to suck into your soul. From start to finish, the record delivers interesting and biting lyrics, sung to a unique blend of…

Dude York: Sincerely (Hardly Art)

Dude York Sincerely (Hardly Art) Picture, it: Grand Valley State University between 1998 and 2003. Twenty years ago-ish. Yellow Card, Sum 41 and Third Eye Blind were in heavy rotation on the airwaves and constantly echoing in the ears of…

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…

Lawrence Morrill Glass: Neanderthal (Self-Released)

Lawrence Morrill Glass Neanderthal (Self-Released) Before he uprooted his life and moved to Austin to make it as a musician, Lawrence Morrill Glass worked as a set designer in LA where he also had a hand in special effects, working…

Ha Ha Tonka: Heart-Shaped Mountain (Bloodshot)

Ha Ha Tonka Heart-Shaped Mountain (Bloodshot) Since 2007, Missouri’s favorite sons have been churning out one great alt country/indie rock album after another and 10 years later they show no signs of giving up the ghost. “Heart-Shaped Mountain,” their fifth…

Louden Swain: No Time Like the Present (Car Wreckords)

Louden Swain No Time Like the Present (Car Wreckords) Yes, as a rule, actors and musicians should stay in their own lanes. But like every rule, there are exceptions, and Rob Benedict, singer/guitarist for the LA-based indie rock band Louden…

Reilly: Self-Titled (CEN/RED)

Reilly Self-Titled (CEN/RED) Not all albums can transcend genres, space and time, but newcomer Reilly has a voice and style which generates true emotional power. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she studied voice and piano while performing with local and…

Deniz Tek & James Williamson: Acoustic KO (Leopard Lady)

Deniz Tek & James Williamson Acoustic KO (Leopard Lady) Deniz Tek and James Williamson’s 4-song EP is an interesting exercise taking some Iggy Pop/James Williamson songs from ‘Raw Power’ and ‘Kill City’ and redoing them acoustically. (Original recorded version of…

The Traditional: The Queen of Heaven (Anchor Eighty Four)

The Traditional The Queen of Heaven (Anchor Eighty Four) With the fad of music heading toward pop country and singer/songwriters with acoustic guitars, it’s no big surprise there is a portion of the music scene that rebuffs that trend. However,…