Category: Album reviews

The Routes: In This Perfect Hell (Dirty Water)

The Routes In This Perfect Hell (Dirty Water) The Routes are an Oita, Japan-based three-piece consisting of Chris Jack (bass, vocals, bass, organ, percussion) with Shinichi Nakayama (drums), and Toru Nishimuta (bass). Jack is the brain child of the band,…

Judas Priest: Turbo 30 (Legacy)

Judas Priest Turbo 30 (Legacy) Raise those devil horns high – Legacy has just released a massive 3-CD set of Judas Priest’s three-decade old ‘Turbo’ album, dubbed ‘Turbo 30’ (natch). The record, the band’s 10th, was definitely not without controversy;…

Austin Shaw: Felt (Self-Released)

Austin Shaw Felt (Self-Released) Austin Shaw is an alternative/progressive rock singer-songwriter who hails from Santa Cruz, CA. His new EP, titled ‘Felt’, is meant to be a little peak of what’s to come from his full-length album due out later…

The Muffs: Happy Birthday to Me (Omnivore)

The Muffs Happy Birthday to Me (Omnivore) One of the best bands to come out of the explosive music era of the 1990s was the punk rock trio the Muffs. Hands down. Led by Kim Shattuck (guitar, vocals); with Ronnie…

Shinyribs: I Got Your Medicine (Mustard Lid)

Shinyribs I Got Your Medicine (Mustard Lid) One of the best scenes in John Hughes 1987 film “Adventures in Babysitting” was when the kids stumble into a late night blues club and belt out an impromptu, catchy little ditty that…

Matthew Squires: Tambaleo (Already Dead Tapes)

Matthew Squires Tambaleo (Already Dead Tapes) For the past few years, Austin-based musician Matthew Squires has been turning out one great album of quirky indie pop after another and “Tambaleo” shows no signs that he is letting up anytime soon….

Thorcraft Cobra: The Distance (Plaza Bowl)

Thorcraft Cobra The Distance (Plaza Bowl) Classic rock and power pop had a kid, named it Thorcraft, and man, did that brat know how to write a song! On their second record, “The Distance,” Thorcraft Cobra (honestly, a wasted name…

Toma: Aroma (Self-Released)

Toma Aroma (Self-Released) Spiderman. Batman. “Lethal Weapon.” “24.” “Rush Hour.” What do all of these have in common? They were caught up (some successfully, some not) in the reboot craze that’s been plaguing Hollywood as of late. In an effort…

Soundgarden: Ultramega OK [Remixed Expanded Edition] (Sub Pop)

Soundgarden Ultramega OK [Remixed Expanded Edition] (Sub Pop) It’s been an interesting ride following Seattle superstars Soundgarden on their music trajectory from their 1988 indie debut ‘Ultramega OK’ to their rise as mainstream sellouts with 1994’s ‘Superunknown’ and the breakup…

Bash & Pop: Anything Could Happen (Fat Possum)

Bash & Pop Anything Could Happen (Fat Possum) With a resume including The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses, and countless others, Tommy Stinson has had an amazing run as a bassist, guitarist, and singer As his first post-Replacements group,…

Ronnie Baker Brooks: Times Have Changed (Provogue)

Ronnie Baker Brooks Times Have Changed (Provogue) Chicago’s Ronnie Baker Brooks returns with his first studio album in over a decade, ‘Times Have Changed,’ The certified soul blues icon teamed up with rhythm master and walking musical encyclopedia of what…

Duke Garwood: Garden of Ashes (Heavenly)

Duke Garwood Garden of Ashes (Heavenly) South London-based bluesman Duke Garwood returns with his sixth studio album ‘Garden Of Ashes.’ Although the passionate performer is disheartened by the recent world events, he takes his disillusionment and channels it into love…