Radkey: Dark Black Makeup [Album Review]

Radkey Dark Black Makeup +180 Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Radkey’s full-length debut is fast and furious. Album Review: Beware the speed when listening to Radkey’s debut album, Dark Black Makeup. I found this out the hard way when recently traveling down the highway. The album was blaring in my car and within seconds I … Read more

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages: Under The Savage Sky [Album Review]

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages Under The Savage Sky Bloodshot Records [2015] Fire Drill Album Review: Many of us were not around for the early Barrence Whitfield era back in the 80’s but all you really need to know is that his punk rock soul is pure. On his sophomore release for Bloodshot, Under The … Read more

Spock’s Beard: The Oblivion Particle [Album Review]

Spock’s Beard The Oblivion Particle Inside Out Music[2015] Fire Note Says: Album number twelve finds Spock’s Beard finally settling into their own skin. Album Review: Since Prog legend Neal Morse left Spock’s Beard in 2002 they have been struggling to find an identity. For four albums after that major defection, drummer Nick D’Virgilio, in true … Read more

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats [Album Review]

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Stax Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Rateliff and The Night Sweats will make your soul shake it. Album Review: If you heard the simple folk on Nathaniel Rateliff’s 2010 solo debut, In Memory Of Loss, and last year’s Falling Faster Than You Can … Read more

The Sword: High Country [Album Review]

The Sword High Country Razor & Tie Records [2015] Fire Note Says: The Sword return, slashing in several different directions. Album Review: Ever since battling the cover of The Sword’s “Freya” in video game Guitar Hero 2, I’ve found myself hooked by the Austin, TX-based band’s sound. Picking up both 2006’s Age of Winters and … Read more

Royal Headache: High [Album Review]

Royal Headache High What’s Your Rupture? Records [2015] Fire Drill Album Review: So many times bands really screw with their sound following up their debut record. Hence the sophomore slump is a real thing but a true life lesson is knowing that less is sometimes more. For Sydney’s Royal Headache – they get it. High … Read more

The Fratellis: Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied [Album Review]

The Fratellis Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied Cooking Vinyl [2015] Fire Note Says: The Fratellis perfect their formula. Album Review: Sometimes an album comes along that is so likable that it begs to be listened to. Some albums are creative, experimental, different, and noteworthy. We can recognize those albums as being “great” but it doesn’t mean … Read more