I listened to it so you don’t have to. Not since Larry The Cable Guy have I seen a performer so blatantly pander to a woefully simple audience as on Kid Rock’s new album First Kiss. Allow me to list some of the words that are peppered throughout the embarrassing lyric sheet – wine, whisky, beer, bourbon, Jim Beam, Jesus, Bocephus, white lines, guns, America, Johnny Cash, highway, Chevy, truck, banjo, cowboy, Tennessee, moonshine, and more that I can’t remember because I’m sure my brain shut off at some point. Continue reading Album Review: Kid Rock – First Kiss
Catfish and The Bottlemen explode out of the gates on their debut, The Balcony, with an immediacy I haven’t felt since Stereophonics Language. Sex. Violence. Other? This album sounds like the album that The Strokes, Foster The People, and countless other mid-00’s bands wanted to make but fell just short of. The difference is where most of the other potentially great bands relied on style to elevate them, Catfish & The Bottlemen appear to simply rely on strong songwriting. Continue reading Album Review: Catfish and The Bottlemen – The Balcony
Think about someone you’ve know who was both bitingly clever and charmingly aloof; someone who knew they were magnetic but didn’t actually care if anyone acknowledged it. Remember how much you enjoyed being in the presence of that person? I Love You, Honeybear, the sophomore album by Father John Misty, is very much the musical version of that rare person from your memory. Continue reading Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear
(everything above the asterisks is concert review, everything below is album review)
I saw Starmother play a set in November to a crowd of maybe 50 people. At the release show for their debut album Electric Mistress this Saturday night, I had to push through a packed house at The Prophet Bar to get anywhere remotely close to the stage. The stage lights turned off, intro music came on, the crowd cheered in anticipation…I thought I was going to see a local band but somehow I stumbled into an honest to goodness rock’n’roll show. Continue reading Concert Review/Album Review – Starmother “Electric Mistress” Release Show @ The Prophet Bar
HERE WE GO!!!
Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2014
Mark my words, the future will come from punk music.
In this era, no artist that matters can survive on album sales alone. Continue reading Preface To My Top 20 Albums of 2014
It’s easy to look back at high school and reminisce like it was yesterday. But then you realize it’s 2014 and it has been almost 20 years since you were a freshman. Feeling old yet? I graduated in 2001 and I made a little playlist for y’all to enjoy. Hit the link, press shuffle, and slip back into the past.
Sonic Highways finds Foo Fighters mired in an identity crisis; stuck at the proverbial crossroads of their own various sonic highways. Are Foo Fighters a modern rock band or are they flag-bearers for music history? Are they still relevant or are they and peers such as Pearl Jam becoming my generation’s Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones aka still producing greatest hits touring machines? I contend that Sonic Highways is proof that the Foo Fighters as we have known them should take a rest in order to let the true identity of the Foo Fighters shine through. Continue reading Review: Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
“Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.” – Keith Richards –
Walk-on music blared through the speakers as J Roddy Walston and The Business sauntered onto the stage at Trees like seasoned rockstars. From the moment Walston announced, “We’re here to play a little rock and roll for you,” to them closing out their encore set with their big single Heavy Bells, they completely owned the audience. Continue reading J Roddy Walston & The Business @ Trees, Dallas 10/29/14
“I can’t guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet…” -Marty McFly-
The lights were dimmed when Benjamin Booker took the stage. The crowd cheered. As the room lit up, so did he. Booker smiled as he strapped on his guitar – the last time he appeared human while on stage. The moment he began to play, he turned into a wolf; a man possessed with singular focus and a handful of demons. The crowd stood with mouths agape, trying to make sense of the beautiful cacophony on stage. Continue reading Benjamin Booker @ Three Links, Dallas, TX 10/3/14