Category: Album reviews

The Angelus: There Will Be No Peace (Tofu Carnage)

The Angelus There Will Be No Peace (Tofu Carnage) It’s pretty amazing how much sound a trio can make. The Denton, Texas-based experimental band, The Angelus, featuring Emil Rapstine, Justin Evans, and Ryan Wasterlain, manage to make sweeping epic music…

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…

Curse Of Lono: Severed (Submarine Cast)

Curse Of Lono Severed (Submarine Cast) Last year, London’s Curse Of Lono put out one of the year’s best EPs. With ‘Severed,’ their first full length album, they prove that they were just getting started. Spread across 10 songs, the…

Samantha Fish: Chills and Fever (Ruf)

Samantha Fish Chills and Fever (Ruf) Kansas City contemporary blues artist Samantha Fish discards her “girl with a guitar” image in favor of a retro direction on her covers album ‘Chills & Fever.’ Fish teamed up with producer Bobby Harlow…

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,…

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…