Category: Album Reviews

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Credit Grapetooth With Keeping "Trouble" Away

(Trouble) Trouble comin’ down, (Trouble) Trouble comin’ down Hard times are, well, hard. Luckily, there’s good music to get us through. These last two weeks have sucked my left nut, and when I’m feeling down, I put on “Trouble,” by Grapetooth. It’s been my go to, and you can catch me bustin’ a move like Young MC... Read more »

"It’s Called: Free Fall” By Rainbow Kitten Surprise

"It’s Called: Free Fall” By Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Rainbow Kitten Surprise came up on several Spotify generated playlists, that’s how I first heard of them. Initially, I liked their sound, but felt it could be a bit too similar to Kings of Leon at times. First I heard “Good Night Chicago,” picturing the Vic in my head, the song stuck with me. Then... Read more »

Where Is The New Bear Hands Record?

Where Is The New Bear Hands Record?
“Spirit guide, backseat driver, ’bout time that you took the wheel.” Where is the new Bear Hands record? I just came across this cool campfire version of their latest single “Spirit Guide” and it made me wonder, “Where the f-ck is the new LP? “Don’t cry ’bout what you cannot change, Don’t worry baby, I’ll keep you... Read more »
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Morrissey, Generationals, Cover The Pretenders

Morrissey, Generationals, Cover The Pretenders
In the last couple of weeks, two unique artists have released tasteful covers of The Pretenders. Morrissey can be heard crooning over “Back On The Chain Gang,” where he plays a mean guitar, albeit pretend. IMO this was one of Chrissy Hynde’s greatest achievements, and Steven Patrick Morrissey does it justice. “I found a picture... Read more »

Rolling Blackouts Write Catchy Pop On "Hope Dawns"

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“Lay back, sink in, You’re not talking straight/I’m right, this is sin, You’re not talking straight/Come around, give in, You’re not talking straight.” If you’re like me, these lyrics from “Talking Straight,” by the Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, have been rolling around your head for the last 6 months. Now it’s “How Long.” A super... Read more »

Night Riots "Breaking Free" Is A "Killer" Single

Night Riots "Breaking Free" Is A "Killer" Single
The Night Riots “Breaking Free” is a killer single. The chorus reminds one of The Killers, while the vocal phrasing in the verse is all Andrew McMahon or Jack’s Mannequin-esque. All puns aside, though, I’m completely addicted to this tune. It’s anthemic. Another uplifting rock song you’ll want to sing along with. So good that... Read more »
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Spotify's Release Radar Is The Highlight of My Friday

Spotify's Release Radar Is The Highlight of My Friday
Every Friday morning I look forward to seeing what is in my Release Radar. This has become the highlight of my Friday morning and is just another way Spotify is changing how we listen to music. According to Spotify, “Release Radar is a playlist of new releases recommended just for you. Updated every Friday with... Read more »

Hippo Campus Bring "Bambi" To The Vic-10/6/18

Hippo Campus Bring "Bambi" To The Vic-10/6/18
Is it too early to talk album of the year? Hippo Campus have recorded a masterpiece and it’s in my Top 5 of 2018. The only worry for me was, could they pull this new sound off live? Before the show starts I turn to the two teen girls on my left and ask,” What... Read more »

Buffalo Tom, Theo Epstein, & Joe Shannahan Celebrate 25th Anniversary of "Let Me Come Over"

Buffalo Tom, Theo Epstein, & Joe Shannahan Celebrate 25th Anniversary of "Let Me Come Over"
For the last two weeks, I have been listening to Buffalo Tom’s Let Me Come Over. I have been reading the lyrics to songs like “Frozen Lake,” and “Taillights Fade,” and connecting childhood memories to their past performances. I’ve been doing this, all in preparation, for the 25th Anniversary show, at Metro, in Chicago. Usually,... Read more »
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Buffalo Tom's "Let Me Come Over" Is 25 Years Old & They Are Playing It Live @ Metro

Buffalo Tom return to Chicago this Saturday to revisit an album they released some 25 years ago. It’s hard to believe that Let Me Come Over is that old, or maybe that I’m that old? Either way, this record brings back memories of high school, and the long drives down to the city to see... Read more »