Album Reviews

SONG PREMIERE: Loren Cole Channels Brian Wilson Through Folk-Americana Lens With “God Only Knows Why”

If there is one thing you can learn from Loren Cole, it’s to question everything. The singer-songwriter came of age in the digital world, but she finds the whole social media landscape a bit exhausting. ...

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Wannabe Reviews Lucero’s ‘Among The Ghosts’

In the latest Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle offers his illustrated commentary on Among the Ghosts, the new album from Memphis rockers Lucero, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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The Jayhawks’ Alt-Country Legacy Endures With Magnificent ‘Back Roads and Abandoned Motels’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Suffice it to say, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels is the strongest Jayhawks album since their seminal classic Tomorrow the Green Grass, an album that helped establish the original template for the sound now widely ...

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Israel Nash Expands Horizons, Stretches Genres, and Builds Massive Walls of Sound on ‘Lifted’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s hard to prepare yourself for Israel Nash’s Lifted that begins with an instrumental prelude that is somewhat reminiscent of the orchestral backdrops Jack Nitzsche created for Neil Young on “Broken Arrow” and “After the ...

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Willie Nile Delivers Angst In Your Face/Rock n’ Roll Gem with ‘Children of Paradise’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Called by some the “unofficial poet laureate of New York City,” Willie Nile’s twelfth studio album, Children of Paradise, easily ranks among his best. The angst and in-your-face passion strike immediately in the opening “Seeds ...

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Yvette Landry & The Jukes Relive the Sounds of Louisiana Juke Joints in ‘Louisiana Lovin’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Louisiana Lovin’ is a collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Yvette Landry and fellow Lafayette, LA guitarist/vocalist Roddy Romero. The spark for the album grew out of an accidental recording session where Landry and Romero ...

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Phantastic Ferniture Champion Garage Pop Sound With Self-Titled Debut (ALBUM REVIEW)

While there has never been a shortage of great rock bands coming out of Australia, this decade has seen a major influx of Aussie rockers. The psychedelic rock scene has been most efficacious in Australia ...

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Jon Cleary Pops the Sounds of the Big Easy Via ‘Dyna-Mite’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Grammy award winner Jon Cleary recently put out a live solo album that featured deep covers of his adopted cities musical pioneers. He has ingested those influences for years and now releases his follow up ...

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Wannabe Reviews The Penske File’s ‘Salvation’

In the latest Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle offers his illustrated commentary on Salvation, the new album from Ontario punks The Penske File, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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Ty Segall & White Fence Create Hook Filled Rock Album Via ‘Joy’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Releasing at least one album every year over the last decade, it’s amazing that garage rocker Ty Segall has been able to maintain a consistently high quality over his prolific catalog. For his second album ...

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