Band of Skulls – “Baby Darling Doll Face Honey”Artist First-due out July 28 We’ve come to expect a lot from the Brits: funny accents, crooked teeth, and their famous cultural restraint. Band of Skulls is a bit more reminiscent of White Stripes in their harder indie-stylings, and they yield some results: “I Know What I Am,” which almost has a classic-rock straightforward grind, and “Honest,” which diverges from the rest of the album with a beautiful acoustic solemnity.Yet, in their music, there is some restraint keeping them from out-and-out jam and instrumental breakouts, which seems appropriate at several points throughout the album (the otherwise solidRead More →

Just a reminder: The 3rd Annual Molly Finn Battle of the Bands takes place at Ballard Park in Newport this Saturday, July 18th (around 2 pm-ish). And if you’re not in Newport, don’t forget to stick your neck out for the little guy: remember, without local bands, we wouldn’t have Fleet Foxes, crazy mosh pits, and the Fifth Amendment. Rock on!Read More →

Portugal. The Man – The Satanic SatanistEqual Vision Records-due July 214.5 / 5 Portugal. The Man. Despite the bizarre name and punctuation, and the strange Zombies-era Cream-inspired psychedelic cover, it’s fair to say this album is good. I’ve never heard this much falsetto since I bought an Earth Wind and Fire greatest hits, but still it comes off groovy and with a bit of funk to it; the songs are inspired a bit by the era portrayed here, but this is solid modern rock with a great pop slant. These songs are very listenable, with great lyrics and choruses (“We may make it through theRead More →

Hello faithful and generally bored blog viewers! Back from a recent vacay in the Kokomo, I’m ready to start heading into the fore again! It may take a little while to spin back into things, but I’m sure you’ll find the same brief, and incise, musical commentary that you’ve come to expect from this blog. And also random ramblings, as well, though I figure there’s no better place to grandstand about the parking ticket I got (is there really parking in DT Newport?) and how my toes hurt. Actually, it’s the spot just above my toes, on my foot… So welcome again! I’ll be huntingRead More →