Category: Album reviews

Bryan Stephens: Village of Dreams (Blue Elan)

Bryan Stephens Village of Dreams (Blue Elan) For the last 15 years Bryan Stephens has led the house band at the iconic club Cafe Wha? and now he has released his debut CD on Elan Records. The singer/songwriter opens ‘Village…

Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun (Sargent House)

Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun (Sargent House) I will be the first to admit I am late to the game when it comes to recognizing the talents of Chelsea Wolfe. I didn’t even hear of her until her third album, ‘Pain…

Dan Wilson: Re-Covered (Big Deal)

Dan Wilson Re-Covered (Big Deal) Dan Wilson is probably best known by most as the front man for Semisonic, and Trip Shakespeare before that. But, he’s been anything but taking it easy since Semisonic stopped recording and touring in 2001….

The Raspberries: Pop Art Live (Omnivore)

The Raspberries Pop Art Live (Omnivore) England may have had Badfinger, but we had The Raspberries. Up there with Big Star and the Hollies in terms of their lasting influence and simply how tragically underrated each band ultimately was, in…

Alex Chilton: A Man Called Destruction (Omnivore)

Alex Chilton A Man Called Destruction (Omnivore) Throughout his solo career, Alex Chilton was in the unenvious position of having to compete with his work in Big Star. Despite only putting out a few albums, Big Star, even decades later,…

Flogging Molly: Life Is Good (Vanguard)

Flogging Molly Life Is Good (Vanguard) Twenty years into their career, Flogging Molly have managed to survive musical fads and a slew of weak imitators to emerge as one of the finest bands to ever blend traditional Celtic and American…

A Drug Called Tradition: Medicine Music (Psych Army Intergalactic)

A Drug Called Tradition Medicine Music (Psych Army Intergalactic) There’s something amazing about the cyclical nature of influences. A solid two decades after many thought they had head the end of shoegaze, with the mid-to-late ‘90s break ups of some…

Hard Working Americans: We’re All in This Together (Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers)

Hard Working Americans We’re All in This Together (Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers) Celebrated singer-songwriter Todd Snider leads this high-profile lineup featuring Dave Schools (bass) Duane Trucks (drums), both of Widespread Panic respectively; Neal Casal (guitar) of Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood; Chad Staehly…

The Winery Dogs: Dog Years: Live in Santiago and Beyond 2013-2016

The Winery Dogs Dog Years: Live in Santiago and Beyond 2013-2016 (Loud & Proud) The Winery Dogs is a super group consisting of veteran musicians Richie Kotzen (lead vocals, guitar), Mike Portnoy (drums, backing vocals), and Billy Sheehan (bass, backing…

Lara Hope and the Ark Tones: Love You to Life (Self-Released)

Lara Hope and the Ark Tones Love You to Life (Self-Released) Lara Hope and the Ark Tones are a New York-based rockabilly band that is the amalgamation of Hope’s previous rockabilly band the Champtones and upright bassist Matt “The Knife”…