Category: Reviews

Guy Clark: The Best of the Dualtone Years (Dualtone)

Guy Clark The Best of the Dualtone Years (Dualtone) I think we can collectively agree that 2016 was a fucking brutal year to be a music fan. The grim reaper took Prince, David Bowie, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen, George Michael…

Ruthie Foster: Joy Comes Back (Blue Corn)

Ruthie Foster Joy Comes Back (Blue Corn) With an apt title ‘Joy Comes Back,’ Texas troubadour Ruthie Foster returns with her first studio album in three years, and the sound is just that: full of Joy. Foster is known as…

Colin Hay: Fierce Mercy (Compass/Lazy Eye)

Colin Hay Fierce Mercy (Compass/Lazy Eye) “Seasons come and seasons go Some talking in between I’m lookin’ through the window now At all that I have been” One of the signature sounds of early 80s pop music was provided by…

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….

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes (Eagle Rock)

Arcade Fire The Reflektor Tapes (Eagle Rock) Arcade Fire has been an enigma ever since 2004’s brilliant Springsteen-influenced “Funeral” brought the Montreal band global attention. Their refusal to stay in one musical place too long, incorporating a more dance-heavy vibe…