Howler | World of Joy (Rough Trade)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:02

Howler 75

Rating: B+


The Hold Steady | Teeth Dreams (Razor & Tie)

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Written by Mike Koehler Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:45

cd teeth dreamsIt’s like they’ve blended Hüsker Dü and the Replacements (as a shout out to their Minneapolis roots) with that classic rock sound from the late ’70s they love so much.


The Pretty Reckless | Going to Hell (Razor & Tie)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:15


cd tprGoing to Hell is filled with blistering songs that leave the listener spent by album’s end.


The Reverend Horton Heat | REV (Victory)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:57

cd rev-horton-heatREV showcases a band with nothing left to prove, for there is no doubt that they are the kings of their genre.


The Districts | SXSW, bread bowls, and rock n' roll

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Written by Claire Musial Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

TheDistricts 75There’s a lot of cuddling and a lot of floor time.


Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniv. Ed. (Mercury)

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Written by Marc Farr Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:53

eltonjohn 75

This is one of few albums that has truly stood the test of time, played on the radio to this day, 40 years later.


Ezra Furman | Just Keep Keeping On

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Written by DL Hegel Sunday, 06 April 2014 20:56

ezrafurman 75That song in particular crystallizes a lot of my concerns and my preoccupations: blood and love and halos around everything.


Semi Precious Weapons | Aviation (RedZone)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:58

cd spwIf you are looking to rock, this album is not for you.


Nostalghia | Chrysalis (110)

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Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 30 March 2014 21:13


Overall, Nostalghia give the listener a lot to think about without being overly dramatic.


Johnette Napolitano | The Bloodletting Continues …

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Written by Marc Farr Friday, 28 March 2014 16:27

JohnetteNapolitano 75I'd very much like to get in and do the record before the end of the year—it's a fun show, and I think people are really enjoying it. 


Joseph Eid |Telling a Story One Album at a Time

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 26 March 2014 21:17

JoeEid 75Americana artist living in Los Angeles, Joseph Eid has a very holistic approach with his music.


Eagulls | s/t (Partisan)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:17

cd eagullsVocalist George Mitchel is doing his best to channel the late Ian Curtis, especially on album standouts “Possessed” and “Footsteps.”


Drive-By Truckers | English Oceans (ATO)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:14

cd drive-by truckersWhat bothers me the most about English Oceans is that it feels like they are just treading the same waters they’ve been treading since 2004.


Scott H. Biram | Nothin’ But Blood (Bloodshot)

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Written by Jason Neubaeur Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:31

cd Scott-BiramHis unabashed coarseness reveals a brilliance that remains brash, yet more studied and disenchanted than ever.


Eternal Summers | Year ’Round Warmth

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Written by Alex Schreiber Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:57

prof eternal_75We all aren’t virtuosos at what we do. We’re always reaching and pushing each other and ourselves.


Dale Bozzio | Destination Found

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 14 March 2014 09:42

Dale-Bozzio 75“I trained my voice like a tiny little poodle and it does the tricks that I still use.”


Japan Nite US Tour | 03.13-24.14

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 14 March 2014 08:52

 A preview of this year's edition of SXSW's annual spotlight on Japan's best and brightest bands.



Erik Hassle | Somebody’s Party (Record Company Ten/RCA)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 09 March 2014 09:58

cd erik hassle_75_copyIf he turns this on for the ladies, he can delete that account.


The Airborne Toxic Event | If It Feels Good

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Written by DL Hegel Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:56

prof airborne 75One time, this really sweet fan baked us a cake with all of our faces on it.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr, | We Bring the Energy

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Written by Claire Musial Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:03

DaleEarnheardtjrjr 75It’s a really weird moment when you are onstage performing and someone is about to destroy equipment. 


Wax Fang | The Astronaut (Absolutely Kosher Records)

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Written by Micheal Koehler Monday, 03 February 2014 11:11

WaxFang 75Carney has crafted a rich, lush, and epic tale here.


Bruce Springsteen | High Hopes (Columbia Records)

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Written by Jim Ryan Monday, 03 February 2014 08:42

BruceSpringsteenHighHopes 75

Would I recommend this to my friends? Doubtful. There just isn't enough meat on this album.


Switchfoot | Fading West (lowercase people/Atlantic)

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Written by Jim Ryan Sunday, 26 January 2014 20:20

SwitchfootFadingWest 75Would I recommend this to my friends? Probably. There is enough good music on here to warrant a recommendation.


Pixies | EP2 (Elektra Records)

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Written by Jim Ryan Sunday, 26 January 2014 20:03

PixesEP2 75Would I recommend this to my friends? Yes – without any reservations at all.


FreeThinker | High School Bands Are Cool Again

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Written by Claire Musial Friday, 17 January 2014 14:52

freethinker 75We don’t just do covers. We don't scream.


Chanté Moore | Moore Is More (Shanachie Ent. Corp)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 07 January 2014 18:02

cd chanteThis quiet storm–type of song made me want to touch my body.



Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks | Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:48

cd malkmus_copyI was completely bored with this album and would never recommend it to anyone.


Echosmith | Talking Dreams (Warner Bros)

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Written by Jim Ryan Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

echosmithWhat a delightful song: Catchy, fun to listen to, and it made me giggly.


The Best Man Holiday: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (RCA Records)

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Written by Ashley White Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:23

Best-Man-Holiday 75The Best Man Holiday: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a great follow up to the original The Best Man Soundtrack that told us love stories.


Britney Spears | Britney Jean (RCA)

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Written by Jim Ryan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:31

britney-spears-britney-jean-promoI have been battling insomnia for a week now and this song put me right to sleep. For real.


Leona Lewis | Christmas, With Love (Simco)

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Written by Jim Ryan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:27

leona christmasI love how Leona is serving emotional realness with her soulful vocals.


Ministry | From Beer to Eternity (Planet Records)

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Written by Jim Ryan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:17

ministrybeercdDisclaimer: I am a huge Ministry fan.


Natalia Kills | Trouble (Interscope Records)

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Written by Jim Ryan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:09

trouble nataliaThere are some successes, but a bit of editing would have helped this album.


Krystal Keith | Whiskey & Lace (Universal)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:25

krystal-keith-whiskey-laceI think country queens have a new anthem to dance with their daddies on their wedding day.


Sponge | Stop the Bleeding (The Beginning Media)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:17

sponge stopThis rocker is made for Y98 listeners. Keep doing this, boys—I likey.


Five for Fighting | Bookmarks (Wind-Up)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:11

fff bookmarksDid they just form this band for the sole purpose of getting women?


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