Category: Album reviews

Save Ferris: Checkered Past (Self-Released)

Save Ferris Checkered Past (Self-Released) For a brief period in the mid-1990s Orange County, California ska band Save Ferris struck pay dirt when they self-released their debut EP ‘Introducing Save Ferris’ in 1996 and it went on to sell more…

SoftSpot: Clearing (Arrowhawk)

SoftSpot Clearing (Arrowhawk) Brooklyn-based SoftSpot was formed in 2009 originally as a duo comprised of Sarah Kinlaw and Bryan Keller Jr. When the band started touring they added Blaze Bateh on drums in 2012 and Jonathan Campolo on synths soon…

Channels: Airstrip One b/w Backpfeifengesicht 7″ (Dischord)

Channels Airstrip One b/w Backpfeifengesicht 7″ (Dischord) It almost seems like everything Baltimore musician and producer J. Robbins touches is influential gold. He has been in several bands in his decades of music but the three he has fronted —…

Aaron Lee Tasjan: Silver Tears (New West)

Aaron Lee Tasjan Silver Tears (New West) Aaron Lee Tasjan may be prolific, but he is anything but easy to categorize. He’s played guitar with the New York Dolls and Drivin N’ Cryin, started his own Glam Indie rock band…

Elmore James: Complete Singles As & Bs 1951-62 (Acrobat)

Elmore James Complete Singles As & Bs 1951-62 (Acrobat) With his unique style of guitar playing blues legend Elmore James quickly became known as the “King of the Slide Guitar.” His raw and some would say “violent” guitar playing came…

Eureka California: Wigwam 7″ (HHBTM Records)

Eureka California Wigwam 7″ (HHBTM Records) Last year Athens, Georgia-based band Eureka California released another significant album in their catalog with the full length ‘Versus,’ and less than a year after that release, Jake Ward and Marie A. Uhler are…

Waldemar: Visions (Self-Released)

Waldemar Visions (Self-Released) Eau Claire, Wisconsin native Gabe Larson is the brainchild behind Waldemar, named after Larson’s late paternal grandfather. Waldemar, the band began originally as the title of a song with the theme of moving counterparts between Larson’s individuality…

Sleater Kinney: Live In Paris (Sub Pop)

Sleater Kinney Live In Paris (Sub Pop) After a 10-year hiatus, feminist punk icons Sleater Kinney made their celebrated return with ‘No Cities to Love’ in 2015 and they were just as electric as they were before their break. Carrie…

Wyldlife: Out On Your Block (Wicked Cool)

Wyldlife Out On Your Block (Wicked Cool) Born out of the success of his iconic radio show, “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” Steven Van Zandt launched his respected record label Wick Cool Records. The Boston native has an ear for music…