The Blind Shake: Live In San Francisco [Album Review]

The Blind Shake Live In San Francisco Castle Face Records [2015] Fire Drill Album Review: The seventh entry in Castle Face’s Live in San Francisco series features Minneapolis trio The Blind Shake, who specialize in their own unique style of “take no prisoners” sonic fury. Equal parts garage and noise, with some surf elements thrown … Read more

The Dear Hunter: Act IV – Rebirth In Reprise [Album Review]

The Dear Hunter Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise Cave & Canary Goods/Equal Vision Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Casey Crescenzo continues the Dear Hunter story – with diminishing returns. Album Review: Since we last checked in with the titular character in The Dear Hunter series, mastermind Casey Crescenzo has tasted the sweet flavor of artistic … Read more

Various Artists: Aquabear Legion Volume 5 [Album Review]

Various Artists Aquabear Legion Volume 5 Aquabear Legion [2015] Fire Drill Album Review: If you live outside of Ohio you might be surprised to know that the Buckeye State has some kick ass music. Well, this new compilation from Aquabear Legion will easily enlighten your perspective with material from some bands you might already know … Read more

Iron Maiden: The Book Of Souls [Album Review]

Iron Maiden The Book Of Souls BMG Records [2015] Fire Note Says: The unapologetic British metal legends return with a vengeance. Album Review: I’ve always been quite fond of Iron Maiden. They were one of the very few bands that helped me get through that dismal musical wasteland of the eighties. Although the nineties were … Read more

Lou Barlow: Brace The Wave [Album Review]

Lou Barlow Brace The Wave Joyful Noise Recordings [2015] Fire Note Says: Lou gives you plenty of acoustic intensity on his first solo LP in six years. Album Review: Having seen Lou Barlow last month with the very loud Dinosaur Jr., I was ready for some more alt rock from the veteran when I put … Read more

The Arcs: Yours, Dreamily, [Album Review]

The Arcs Yours, Dreamily, Nonesuch Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Black Key Dan Auerbach has found a simmering new full band. Album Review: When he is not producing albums or recording with his buddy Patrick in The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach hangs out with his musical friends and just lays down tracks. Around 75 of … Read more