Speaking Suns: Vanishing Country [Album Review]

Speaking Suns Vanishing Country Great Guys Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Speaking Suns’ debut is a surprisingly mature musical statement. Album Review: Originally hailing from the land of Dave Chappelle and famous liberal arts school Antioch College (a.k.a. Yellow Springs, OH), Speaking Suns is a pretty young band—both in the age of its members and … Read more

Christian Bland & The Revelators: The Unseen Green Obscene [Album Review]

Christian Bland & The Revelators The Unseen Green Obscene The Reverberation Appreciation Society [2014] Fire Note Says: Christian Bland and the Revelators third album is an homage to past heroes. Album Review: The Black Angels’ Passover just so happens to be considered a modern day psychedelic classic. With its dark titles, imagery, and piercing sounds … Read more

Gary Clark Jr.: Live [Album Review]

Gary Clark Jr. Live Warner Bros. Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Gary Clark Jr. Live is a solid and spirited performance. Album Review: Earlier this year, Eric Clapton was interviewed by David Fricke for Rolling Stone Magazine, as his tribute to JJ Cale, The Breeze, was hitting stores and talk of the guitar god’s retirement … Read more

Nada Surf: B-Sides [Album Review]

Nada Surf B-Sides Barsuk Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Nada Surf helps round out your collection. Album Review: One of the cooler concert experiences I have had in the past several years was checking out a show from Nada Surf. Their set was solid but it was what happened after the show that was truly … Read more

Tweedy: Sukierae [Album Review]

Tweedy Sukierae dBpm Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Sukierae paints a musical portrait of a talented family in a challenging transitional period. Album Review: It’s never been all that obvious that Jeff Tweedy, the creative center of the thriving indie alt/rock band Wilco, ever needed to step out and make a solo album. He was … Read more

Neighborhood Brats: Recovery [Album Review]

Neighborhood Brats Recovery Deranged Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Neighborhood Brats new album will have you holding onto your wallet and putting your fists in the air. Album Review: Back in February, we featured a 7-inch from front woman Jenny Angelillo and her tenacious lead in LA band Neighborhood Brats. Well the band is back … Read more

King Tuff: Black Moon Spell [Album Review]

King Tuff Black Moon Spell Sub Pop Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Kyle Thomas returns to cast his Black Moon Spell. Album Review: In my opinion, it could be argued that King Tuff’s Was Dead was one of Burger Records’ most important reissues. Not to demean his self-titled Sub Pop debut follow up but I … Read more