Crazy Joe: The Doctor Is In! [Album Review]

Crazy Joe The Doctor Is In! Self-Released [2013] Fire Note Says: Crazy Joe makes a strong return with his retro roots album The Doctor Is In! Album Review: The Doctor Is In! marks the first album from Crazy Joe in six years and it finds his sound shifting from a rockabilly flavor to a smoother … Read more

Kopecky Family Band: Kids Raising Kids [Album Review]

Kopecky Family Band Kids Raising Kids ATO Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band will surprise you with their complex and upbeat sounding California pop. Album Review: Don’t let the name fool you as Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band (family here = close circle of friends) may sound like the next indie folk band … Read more

Cold War Kids: Dear Miss Lonelyhearts [Album Review]

Cold War Kids Dear Miss Lonelyhearts Downtown Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Cold War Kids evolve their sound on their latest Little Miss Lonelyhearts. Album Review: Cold War Kids return with their fourth LP Little Miss Lonelyhearts. The band, from Long Beach, CA, has relied on a heavy mix of guitar, piano, and drums on … Read more

Charles Bradley: Victim Of Love [Album Review]

Charles Bradley Victim Of Love Dunham/Daptone Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Charles Bradley’s Victim Of Love is a love letter to the music, fans, and the golden age soul greats who inspired him. Album Review: This album gives off such a cool retro vibe that the only other element to enhance the experience would be … Read more

The Dear Hunter: Migrant [Album Review]

The Dear Hunter Migrant Equal Vision/Cave and Canary Records [2013] Fire Note Says: The Dear Hunter puts grand ambition aside and give us their best album to date. Album Review: Casey Crescenzo is a talented guy. A good songwriter, a more than capable singer, multi-instrumentalist – all that. The problem for a newcomer to The … Read more

Fairmont: The Grand And Grandiose [Album Review]

Fairmont The Grand And Grandiose Mint 400 Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Fairmont deliver one of their most engaging records to date! Album Review: Clifton, New Jersey’s Fairmont is one of the hardest working indie pop bands out there that nobody has heard of. That is hard to believe as The Grand And Grandiose represents … Read more

Mudhoney: Vanishing Point [Album Review]

Mudhoney Vanishing Point Sub Pop Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Mudhoney return after 5 years and guess what – they still have plenty to say! Album Review: There is nothing like a good raw Mudhoney record to bring a person back to music reality. The band has always been one of the grittiest Seattle groups … Read more

Bleached: Ride Your Heart [Album Review]

Bleached Ride Your Heart Dead Oceans Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Bleached release their debut that emotes the spirit of the 60’s girl group rock while sounding completely fresh in 2013! Album Review: Bleached have a cool name, a cool sound and a cool energy! I know that is a lot of cool but the … Read more

Generationals: Heza [Album Review]

Generationals Heza Polyvinyl Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Generationals rock it up a bit more on third long player Heza. Album Review: One thing I can say about New Orleans duo Generationals is that they are consistent. The band can produce indie pop with the best of them and on their third long player, Heza, … Read more

Telekinesis: Dormarion [Album Review]

Telekinesis Dormarion Merge Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Telekinesis returns with a bigger sound on third long player Dormarion. Album Review: Michael Benjamin Lerner’s Telekinesis project returns with its third record, Dormarion, and finds the group maturing its sound and confidently delivering an indie rock experience. You may remember that before Telekinesis’s 2011 sophomore effort, … Read more

The Besnard Lakes: Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO [Album Review]

The Besnard Lakes Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Jagjaguwar Records [2013] Fire Note Says: The Besnard Lakes release another beautiful and enigmatic album. Album Review: Full disclosure: I am an unabashed superfan of this group. This puts me in a terrible place from which to listen critically to Montreal’s The Besnard Lakes’ fourth and most … Read more

Rilo Kiley: RKives [Album Review]

Rilo Kiley RKives Little Record Company [2013] Fire Note Says: Rilo Kiley return with a compilation of past goodies. Album Review: I have always thought that Rilo Kiley was a great band. The impeccable vocals of lead woman Jenny Lewis with the tight song structures and playing of the talented Blake Sennett, Pierre de Reeder … Read more