Category: Album reviews

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…

Alice In Chains: Freak Show (HoBo)

Alice In Chains Freak Show (HoBo) Before Pearl Jam released ‘Ten’ (August 27, 1991), before Nirvana released ‘Nevermind’ (September 24, 1991), and before Soundgarden released ‘Badmotorfinger’ (October 8, 1991), Alice In Chains was on the scene with their monumental major…

Alejandro Escovedo: Burn Something Beautiful (Fantasy/Concord)

Alejandro Escovedo Burn Something Beautiful (Fantasy/Concord) It’s been four years since iconic singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has released a studio album and after one listen to his new long player, ‘Burn Something Beautiful,’ boy oh boy, was it worth the wait….

Letters to Cleo: Back To Nebraska (Self-Released)

Letters to Cleo Back To Nebraska (Self-Released) Like many bands from the glorious 1990s music scene, Letters to Cleo are back with their original lineup—Kay Hanley (vocals), Michael Eisenstein (guitar), Stacy Jones (drums), and Greg McKenna (guitar). It’s been 17…

Maria Taylor: In the Next Life (Flower Moon)

Maria Taylor In the Next Life (Flower Moon) On her seventh studio album, ‘In the Next Life,’ singer/songwriter Maria Taylor once again bares her soul in her songs. The album opener “Home” chronicles her journey from Alabama moving back to…