Album Review – John Doe The Westerner

John Doe – The Westerner – 2016 With 10 songs clocking in at 35 minutes total John Doe’s newest release, The Westerner, belies the singer’s punk rock roots.  The instrumentation is sparse, the production simple. Recorded in Arizona, the influence of the desert is evident. This is John Doe’s first album in 5 years and […]

CD Review: NLX – Luxury of Failure

I wouldn’t have called her “Trent Reznor with tits,” but the description piqued my interest enough to listen NLX’s “Burn,” the single off Luxury of Failure, the songwriter’s fourth album. “Burn” includes the elements that draw me to music: the song is dynamic in its structure and still uses simple melodies that give the lyrics […]

CD Review: Michelle Malone — Stronger Than You Think; Playing @ Eddie’s Attic 5/30

Michelle Malone Stronger Than You Think SBS Records By Al Kaufman “Mature” is a tricky world in the music business. It’s often code for “losing your edge,” or “quietly slipping off into adult contemporary oblivion.” Michelle Malone’s last two albums, 2012’s Day 2, and 2014’s Acoustic Winter could both be considered “mature” albums in the […]

CD Review: “Tomorrow’s Hits” by The Men

By: Rosie Judd Tomorrow’s Hits may not be the most original record from Brooklyn’s The Men, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not packed full of ear candy. This record provides a great balance of pop sensibilities, garage-rock boogie and classic rock homages. Opening with the jangly, minor-key rocker “Dark Waltz”, Tomorrow’s Hits immediately puts you […]

CD Review: Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes

By: Emily Jackson  Bruce Springsteen’s newest compilation of songs sounds like a sonic scrapbook of sorts. That’s because it is. For his eighteenth album, the Boss has taken his most recent years of touring, reinventing and sometimes writing and corralled them together under the wishful title “High Hopes.” The album officially came out today, January […]

CD Review: People’s Blues of Richmond, Good Time Suicide

By: Emily Jackson  A sip of PBR evokes images of sticky dive bars, red bandanas, ironic mustaches and hazy Instagrams. Its nostalgia-inducing white can (and, let’s face it, its affordability) has made it the drink of choice for the thrift store combers, the facial hair groomers, the tattooed and the irreverent among us. Another Great […]

CD Review: Billie Joe + Norah, Foreverly

By: Molly Segers On paper Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones’ new record Foreverly, a re-recording of the Everly Brothers’ record Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, from 1958, doesn’t exactly add up. The punk rock guy and jazz singer dueting on folk/Americana classics just doesn’t scream obvious. All that said, the resulting album is so […]

CD Review: The Band of Heathens — Sunday Morning Record; Play Vinyl October 27th

The Band of Heathens Sunday Morning Record BOH Records By Al Kaufman The name Band of Heathens conjures up images of boys in overalls playing one string basses and banging on wash basins and other assorted metals while downing some blinding moonshine. The actual Band of Heathens have never lived up to their name in […]

CD Review: Ministry – From Beer to Eternity

By Ellen Eldridge   Calling the thirteenth Ministry release schizophrenic implies that Jourgensen’s work isn’t grounded in reality. From the chaotic beats and frenzied samples to the intermittent bursts from Jourgensen himself, From Beer to Eternity sounds off about the world. From the astounded “Holy cow!” introducing “Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)” through “Punch in […]

CD Review: Pop. 1280 — Imps of Perversion; Play 529 September 19th

Pop. 1280 Imps of Perversion Sacred Bones Records By Al Kaufman Beware those who listen to Pop. 1280. They make the type of music that makes moms everywhere think their kids are on drugs and sacrificing the neighbor’s cat. The Brooklyn noise-punk band, which derived its name from a Jim Thompson pulp fiction novel, gleefully […]

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