The Slims: Slowpoke [Album Review]

The Slims Slowpoke Self-Released [2013] Fire Note Says: Morningbell-affiliated The Slims put together an album of eclectic late-night soul with Slowpoke. Album Review: Gainesville, Florida’s Morningbell just released their Fire Note “Headphone Approved” LP Bôa Noite earlier this year [TFN Review], but that hasn’t stopped frontman Travis Atria from immediately jumping into another musical project. … Read more

Ha Ha Tonka: Lessons [Album Review]

Ha Ha Tonka Lessons Bloodshot Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Ha Ha Tonka makes changes with their fourth full-length Lessons. Album Review: When a band pushes me outside of my comfort zone it’s not only appreciated but welcomed. That’s not to say that I don’t have a bearing on southern-indie rock or that folksy Americana … Read more

Kelley Stoltz: Double Exposure [Album Review]

Kelley Stoltz Double Exposure Third Man Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Kelley Stoltz continues to fly under the radar, but for how much longer? Album Review: Somewhere along the line, Kelley Stoltz became the go to guy for recording the new San Francisco sound. I have to admit, I lost track of Stoltz after his … Read more

Night Beats: Sonic Bloom [Album Review]

Night Beats Sonic Bloom Reverberation Appreciation Society [2013] Fire Note Says: Night Beats invoke a heavy recollection of the hazy 60‘s with their second LP Sonic Bloom Album Review: I hate to call it a bummer, but that‘s the only word that comes to mind when thinking about Sonic Bloom-that may be too harsh. I … Read more

CHVRCHES: The Bones Of What You Believe [Album Review]

CHVRCHES The Bones Of What You Believe Glassnote Records [2013] Fire Note Says: CHVRCHES debut album or the death of the guitar in pop music – discuss. Album Review: There has been some debate around The Fire Note about the relative merits of Scottish trio CHVRCHES and their much-hyped debut album, The Bones Of What … Read more

Mazzy Star: Seasons Of Your Day [Album Review]

Mazzy Star Seasons of Your Day Rhymes Of An Hour Records [2013] Fire Note Says: After a 17 year break, Mazzy Star stays true to their soft, folksy sound with the release of Seasons of Your Day. Album Review: Some albums have a very seasonal feel, like Everything in Transit via Jack’s Mannequin (summer) or … Read more

Girls Against Boys: The Ghost List EP [Album Review]

Girls Against Boys The Ghost List EP Epitonic [2013] Fire Note Says: Girls Against Boys are back and The Ghost List EP sounds like they never left! Album Review: Reuniting your old band is all the rave right now with The Breeders and Neutral Milk Hotel playing shows this year and we saw the release … Read more

Nirvana: In Utero (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]

Nirvana In Utero (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) Universal Music [1993; 2013] Fire Note Says: A classic turns 20! Album Review: It is interesting how different Nirvana’s third LP, In Utero, sounds 20 years after its release. Not different like I have never heard things before but this album stands taller today without any of … Read more

Kings Of Leon: Mechanical Bull [Album Review]

Kings Of Leon Mechanical Bull RCA Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Kings of Leon surprise with a rock album brimming with passion. Album Review: Me, one minute before starting Mechanical Bull for the first time: “Ho hum, another Kings of Leon album. These guys are from Tennessee. I’m from Tennessee. I used to like them … Read more