Album Review: Lady Antebellum 747

Posted on October 04, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Last month, country band Lady Antebellum released their new album, 747, which features 11 different songs that focus on the topics of love, loss and important life lessons. This band is well known for their songs such as “Need You Now” and “Just A Kiss” which were featured on their previous hit album Golden. This […]

Album Review: Chinese Fountain

Posted on September 29, 2014 by elledavis in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

California has produced garage rock in prolific numbers, and the band The Growlers is one of them. This band based out of Costa Mesa, Orange County, CA just released their latest album, Chinese Fountain, on Sept. 23. They are aptly called “garage” because that’s quite literally how the original members Neilsen and the lead guitarist […]

Album Review: V

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Sydney Donovan Famous for their pop rock genre albums, Maroon 5 is back with their fifth studio album aptly titled V. This album is a throwback to their earlier album titled Songs about Jane. It acts as a very vocally-charged album that showcases lead singer Adam Levine. Its very catchy rhythms and melodies make […]

Banditos bad, but entertaining

Posted on April 26, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Straight from the Gutter, self-released by the Banditos, is old-school punk in its most unrehearsed, technically imperfect and haphazard form. The Banditos are not a good band–at all. Before playing the album, you may notice that Straight from the Gutter’s cover shows a picture of a man, whose head is a poorly photoshopped dollhead wearing […]

Blue Smoke brings nostaligia with familiar sounds

Posted on April 21, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Blue Smoke, released by legendary country music heroine Dolly Parton, is what you would expect—a few good hearted tunes that you should never tell your friends you listen to. First off, the title track pulls out all the country-western cliches—a train drumbeat, picked banjo, quick fiddle riffs, slide dobro and a particular backup vocalist with […]

Watts releases solo album after 31 years

Posted on April 14, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Ben Watt, an accomplished writer, DJ, BBC radio personality, and musician, gives a peak songwriting performance on Hendra. Hendra begins with its self-titled track. Acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, background strings and a reverberated picked electric guitar part create a dim and somber feeling. Lyrics go, “I wish I’d studied harder now, made something of myself […]

Local Album Review: A dose of whole-hearted rock’n’roll

Posted on February 24, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Whale Oil’s self-titled release isn’t complicated, technically proficient or even polite. What it is, however, is rock’n’roll, pure and simple. Whale Oil is on the front lines of keeping the power trio tradition alive. Brian Saxton pounds his drumkit for all it’s worth and sings (well, screams) with an astoundingly high level of energy. Bill […]

National Album Review: Terrestrials is a dark and ambient musical collaboration

Posted on February 24, 2014 by elledavis in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Sunn O (pronounced as just “Sunn”) and Ulver’s drone metal collaboration, Terrestrials, is pristine.  There is a perfect combination of the two groups on this album, which was released on February 3.  With this collaboration, the two bands have come far from where they first musically started yet strike a good balance with their roots. […]

Local Album Review: The Border

Posted on February 14, 2014 by elledavis in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Successfully executing the traditionally untraditional, and predominantly disfavored, integration of punk and country genres, here’s one stampede of an album fresh out of Dirigimus, Portland’s very own DIY music cooperative.  Seriously, listen up and listen well. The Coalsack in Crux released their second album, The Border, in January, and it’s by far one of the […]

National Album Review: “Grass Punks” by Tom Brosseau

Posted on February 03, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Grass Punks, released by Tom Brosseau, questions the imperatives of American folk, yet it is still able to pay dear respect to the timeless genre. Folk music has always been an elusive term––world music played by lower socioeconomic classes, artists from the ‘60s folk revival (e.g., Bob Dylan, Joan Baez), and more recently, bands like […]