Category: Album reviews

Tunabunny: PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (HHBTM)

Tunabunny PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (HHBTM) With a title like ‘PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,’ you kind of know what you’re in for. Spread across two records, this 28-song, 75-minute opus is a pretty bold experiment for…

Lou DiBello: Heat Wave (Self-Released)

Lou DiBello Heat Wave (Self-Released) Lou DiBello has been a fixture on the stages around Central Illinois since the late 80s. His brand of classic rock and blues-influenced guitar playing and soloing have been an attraction, bringing in scores of…

Sammy Brue: I Am Nice (New West)

Sammy Brue I Am Nice (New West) It would be easy to simply dismiss Sammy Brue’s debut LP ‘I Am Nice’ as little more than a novelty. It’s the work of a 15-year-old, so naturally a raised eyebrow or two…

Simple Minds: Acoustic In Concert (Eagle Rock)

Simple Minds Acoustic In Concert (Eagle Rock) Simple Minds may best be remembered in this country for their song that played out across the screen during the final shot of “The Breakfast Club,” but the band has an exhaustively large…

Kristin Hersh: Wyatt at the Coyote Palace (HHBTM/MVD)

Kristin Hersh Wyatt at the Coyote Palace (HHBTM) On November 11, 2016, indie queen Kristin Hersh released her ninth studio album, ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace.’ The album came with a book as she has done twice before. Then earlier…

Raiders of the Lost Ark: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Concord)

Raiders of the Lost Ark Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Concord) The theme for “Indiana Jones” must rank right up there with the theme to “Star Wars” as one of the most recognizable movie scores to ever be produced. Coincidently, they…

Mise en Scene: Still Life On Fire (Light Organ)

Mise en Scene Still Life On Fire (Light Organ) What started out as a duo featuring Canadian art students Stefanie Blondal Johnson (vocals, guitar) and Jodi Dunlop (drums) has blossomed into a forceful quartet with the addition of Corey Hykawy…

The Great Crusades: Until the Night Turned to Day (Mud)

The Great Crusades Until the Night Turned to Day (Mud) For 20 years now, Chicago’s the Great Crusades have been releasing whiskey drinking’, bar livin’ blues rock & roll, which has caught the attention of fans from everywhere from their…

Rozwell Kid: Precious Art (SideOneDummy)

Rozwell Kid Precious Art (SideOneDummy) Over the years, SideOneDummy Records has done a yeoman’s job of discovering an eclectic and brilliant collection of indie and punk musicians and bringing them to a larger audience. From Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly…