Category: Album reviews

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now (Sub Pop)

Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now (Sub Pop) In the fall of last year, singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop released a 7-inch single with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine and toured Europe with him. Now the Manchester England-native finds herself signed to…

The Legal Matters: Conrad (Omnivore)

16The Legal Matters Conrad (Omnivore) Midwest-based group The Legal Matters is the power pop supergroup made up of members from bands you’ve likely never heard of (Hippodrome, anyone? The Phenomenal Cats? An American Underdog?). Regardless their collaboration in The Legal…

Travis Linville: Up Ahead (Self-Released)

Travis Linville Up Ahead (Self-Released) Even if he didn’t put out his own records, Travis Linville has already made an impressive impact on the next generation of Americana artists. He taught a young Parker Millsap how to play guitar and…

Matt North: Above Ground Fools (Self-Released)

Matt North Above Ground Fools (Self-Released) Matt North is a musician’s musician. The veteran drummer describes his career as “35 years of music with a sabbatical into comedy and film.” His first solo album (Above Ground Fools) is engaging, smart,…

Pissed Jeans: Why Love Now (Sub Pop)

Pissed Jeans Why Love Now (Sub Pop) It’s been three years since Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Pissed Jeans released their last album ‘Honey’s’ and they come back swinging with a lot to say on their latest offering ‘Why Love Now.’ Backed by…

Pollen Rx: Sunbelt Emptiness (Austin Town Hall)

Pollen Rx Sunbelt Emptiness (Austin Town Hall) Originally a three piece, Austin’s Pollen Rx is now a four-piece band featuring Maud Morgan, Ben Hirsch, Caroline Sallee, and Maggie Exner. The quartet has an interesting sound of jangly pop melodies led…

Rust On The Rails: Talisman (Chinook Ent)

Rust On The Rails Talisman (Self-Released) Northwest super group Rust on The Rails is a collaborative ensemble that began as an acoustic based progressive rock meets world music hybrid that has evolved into a full force commercial rock band, ready…

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…