Album Reviews

“A Headful Of Stars” by The Sails – Album Review

The title “A Headful of Stars” provides a great image to go with the dreamy Britpop heard in the new album by The Sails. Yet another 60s psych flashback band out of the U.K., The Sails is led by Michael Gagliano of the band Epic, along with a little help from an ever changing ensemble […]

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“A Introduction to Syd Barrett” by Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett – Album Review

Instrumental in the foundations of psychedelic rock and icons of a generation, Pink Floyd is one of the most influential rock bands of all time. While Floyd’s name is solidified in rock history, to those in Gen X and beyond, Syd Barrett’s name may only be vaguely recognizable. Even though Barrett achieved great success leading […]

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Hot New Music: “Riposte” by Buke and Gass – Album Review

Quirky and unusual are two words to describe the duo of Buke and Gass. Their name alone is enough to slap them with such labels (though the pronunciation of “byook” and “gace” helps curb thoughts of bodily functions… a little.) Yet, they become a whole lot more fascinating when you discover the basis for the […]

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New Music: “Cullowhee Songs” by Electric Owls

Photo: Anna Thompson After receiving some major indie Blog love with their 2009 debut album “Ain’t So Bright,” the Electric Owls are set to release their new EP “Cullowhee Songs” on November 9th. The four-song EP jangles with that inviting sound of backyard instruments you’d hear at a country hoedown, except the Electric Owls add […]

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“Love & The Sweet Divine” by Solaram – Album Review

Time travel, that’s what I feel when first hitting play on “Love & The Sweet Divine,” the debut full length album by Solaram. The first track “When She Falls” is a mix of Spacemen 3 memories and the vocal sweetness of The Beatles created through basic lyrics about love (shocking for songwriters I know) a […]

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“Sex with an X” by The Vaselines – Album Review

Much can happen in 20 years. For example, the number one song 20 years ago, nearly to this day, was “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. Now, ol’ Rob Van Winkle is running in the pseudo-celebrity has-been circuit with another reality show about do-it-yourself house repair. Big name rock stars of 20 years ago have […]

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“Hearts On Hold” by Tu Fawning – Album Review

The leaves outside are starting their transformation, the temperatures are dropping and we’ve officially turned that seasonal corner, deep in the heart of Fall. October is a month that welcomes diversity, transition and spooky good times. Thus, it only seems appropriate that the Portland-based band Tu Fawning chose this wonderful time of the year for […]

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“Everything In Between” by No Age – Album Review

Door beating percussive throbs open “Life Prowler,” the welcoming introduction into No Age’s latest, Everything In Between. Their third longplayer (second for Sub Pop), the LA duo Dean Spunt and Randy Randall return with the follow-up to their 2008 Grammy-nominated “Best Recording Packaging” that is: Nouns. “One time is all I need to know my […]

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“Who We Touch” by The Charlatans – Album Review

Wow. This album begins with a startling crash that jolts you into giving it all your damn attention. It burst out like it’s the end of a song that’s already built up to the loudest peak, only it’s just the beginning. I like it. I would think the sound of the song “Love Is Ending” […]

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Hot New Music: Singing Ax” by J. Tillman – Album Review

So, I had this friend … One of his favorite and most commonly used tactics for picking up ladies at various taverns was to tell them that he was the drummer of some semi-popular/obscure band. The examples that come to mind are Blues Traveler and G. Love and the Special Sauce. Did it work? Sure […]

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