The Shins: Port Of Morrow [Album Review]

The Shins Port Of Morrow Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records [2012] Fire Note Says: The Shins return with a bigger sound that results in the same outcome – stellar! Album Review: Five years is a lifetime in the music scene but that is exactly how long it has been since the release of The Shins last record … Read more

The Men: Open Your Heart [Album Review]

The Men Open Your Heart Sacred Bones Records [2012] Fire Note Says: The Men release their most exciting record to date! Album Review: The Men proved to be one of the harder hitting post-punk groups out there after last years thrilling Leave Home record took everyone that listened by surprise. Just as jolting is that … Read more

Perfume Genius: Put Your Back N 2 It [Album Review]

Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It Matador Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Another deep record from Perfume Genius that leaves the lo-fi behind this time and displays an entire new level of talent! Album Review: I don’t believe that most people think of albums as sequels but that is the exact way to … Read more

Frankie Rose: Interstellar [Album Review]

Frankie Rose Interstellar Slumberland Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Frankie Rose makes her best album yet! Album Review: Frankie Rose already has a superb indie resume as a member of the Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, and Crystal Stilts plus an excellent solo debut released in 2010. It is a track record that has lead … Read more

Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound: Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound [Album Review]

Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound SideOneDummy Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Audra Mae turns up the heat with her backing band The Almighty Sound and creates one hell of a sophomore record! Album Review: If you checked out Audra Mae’s debut, The Happiest Lamb [2010], then you already … Read more

Cloud Nothings: Attack On Memory [Album Review]

Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory Carpark Records [2012] Fire Note Says: Cloud Nothings evolve again on their spectacular sophomore outing Attack On Memory! Album Review: Sometimes it is amazing how much can change in a year as the ever evolving Cloud Nothings follows up a really good self-titled debut record released last January with the … Read more

Guided By Voices: Let’s Go Eat The Factory [Album Review]

Guided By Voices Let’s Go Eat The Factory Guided By Voices Inc. [2012] Fire Note Says: Oh yeah, did you hear? Guided By Voices are back! Album Review: I can’t think of many other upcoming 2012 albums that people have been waiting 15 years to hear, so the new record from the “classic line up” … Read more

Wild Flag: Wild Flag [Album Review]

Wild FlagWild FlagMerge Records [2011] I don’t think there are that many records that we know about a year in advance, but that is how long we have been tracking indie supergroup Wild Flag’s debut. The female four-piece brings a plethora of experience to the party, as Wild Flag consists of Sleater-Kinney guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein … Read more

Tame Impala: Innerspeaker [Album Review]

Tame Impala Innerspeaker Modular Recordings [2010] Fire Drill Album Review: My first listen to Aussie export trio Tame Impala really didn’t do too much for me. Sure – their debut Innerspeaker has plenty of fuzz and psychedelic 60’s rock but it was so dense that I kept grabbing the record in pieces. Big mistake. Innerspeaker … Read more

The Gaslight Anthem: The ’59 Sound [Album Review]

The Gaslight AnthemThe ’59 SoundSideOneDummy Records [2008] The ’59 Sound by The Gaslight Anthem is the type of album you’ve been waiting for all year long. The New Jersey band’s sophomore release is filled with tracks that blend Springsteen’s storytelling prowess with the spirit of The Replacements, and it doesn’t hold anything back. It’s the … Read more

Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Album Review]

Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga GaMerge Records [2007] Spoon is back with their highly anticipated 6th full length Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Everyone’s favorite band from Austin gives you 10 songs of their standard jagged rock that will instantly grab your attention but will take multiple listens to really appreciate. I must admit that … Read more

Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not [Album Review]

Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m NotDomino Records [2006]   The British are coming, The British are coming. I say, bring them on! The UK has been trying to break a band here in the US since the Beatles. However, most of the time, the next big thing over there ends … Read more