Category: Reviews

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…

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…