Calyx: Stay Gone [Album Review]

CalyxStay GonePlastic Miracles / Ethospine Noise / Chumpire / Salinas Records [2021] I always enjoy when I come across a record that just bursts with raw energy. That is exactly how I would quickly describe Calyx’s full length debut, Stay Gone, as the Pittsburgh trio has perfected their brash style of indie punk rock. The … Read more

Guided By Voices Tribute 7″ [7-Inch Feature]

Various Artists Guided By Voices Tribute Salinas Records [2013] I don’t know whose idea it was to do a Guided By Voices covers 7-inch but I am game. Especially when the four groups on this split are all what I consider to be up and comers in the indie world. With Screaming Females, Swearin’, Upset … Read more

Swearin’: Surfing Strange [Album Review]

Swearin’ Surfing Strange Salinas Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Swearin’ recalibrate their formula on their nineties-indebted second album. Album Review: On Swearin’s excellent self-titled debut, Allison Crutchfield dominated almost every track and the results were stunning. Yeah sure they’re a four-piece but it had the feel of a solo album from the ex-P.S. Eliot singer. … Read more