Author: Arcadio Falcon

LOCKS – ‘Skeletal Blues’ (album review)

LOCKS – ‘Skeletal Blues’ (album review)

 A mélange of dark and introspective sounds, the British band LOCKS recently released their debut album, Skeletal Blues, which is a collection of Gothic blues that explores the complex darkness inside everyone of us. The string-based quartet (guitar, fiddle, and double bass plus drums) works from where Lou Reed or even an older Leonard Cohen might have left it […]

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Malena Zavala – ‘Aliso’ (album review)

Malena Zavala – ‘Aliso’ (album review)

With a defying voice and an innovative dream-folk-pop sound, Malena Zavala is making a lot of noise with her first album, Aliso. The record is a collection of sounds and influences that range from ambient layers of synthesizers to clean and crunchy guitars. Malena’s songwriting is very consistent and nuanced, and her melodies flow effortlessly over any kind of beat, making […]

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Shun Ng with Lesley Mok – Live at Hojoko Tavern (Boston)

Shun Ng with Lesley Mok – Live at Hojoko Tavern (Boston)

Shun Ng is the incarnation of joy. He plays his guitar with the enthusiasm of a novice and the intensity of a virtuoso. When he took to the stage at the Hojoko Tavern (The Verb Hotel) on April 3rd, the atmosphere was cold. People talked, uninterested in the drums and microphones set up before them. A couple arrived late, laughing […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ (album review)

Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ (album review)

For years, Courtney Marie Andrews rotated between her solo career and as a touring side musician for artists around the world. During this time, she released five albums that went largely unnoticed. Her sixth album, Honest Life, though, was her breakthrough, being recognized among 2016’s very best recordings, including making it on our Favorite 50 Albums list. It was, as […]

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Swampmeat Family Band - Album Cover

Swampmeat Family Band – ‘Too Many Things to Hide’ (album review)

Too Many Things To Hide [LP] by Swampmeat Family Band Swampmeat Family Band‘s debut album, Too Many Things to Hide, is an homage to an idea – the idea of purity. Danny C and T-Bird combine forces with Richard March and Tommy Hughes to produce a record that smells like something out of a Columbia studio in 1955. There are […]

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Haley Heynderickx – ‘I Need to Start a Garden’ (Album Review)

Haley Heynderickx – ‘I Need to Start a Garden’ (Album Review)

Haley Heynderickx’s first album, I Need to Start a Garden, transports us into a world of mystery, insecurity, fantastic landscapes, and love. The slightly de-tuned guitars and minimalistic production enhance songs that defy classification and grow from nuance. Haley’s voice vibrates with desperation and at times flirts with seduction in an 8-song album that is sure to make noise this year… […]

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Mike and the Moonpies – ‘Steak Night at the Prairie Rose’ (album review)

Mike and the Moonpies – ‘Steak Night at the Prairie Rose’ (album review)

 Mike and the Moonpies are the unfiltered image of modern-day Americana. They are six friends playing country music and trying to survive in an unfavorable environment. They’re back this year with their fifth studio album, Steak Night at the Prairie Rose. With a combination of sweeping guitars, warm organs and an embrace of traditional, simple recording techniques, they’re proving […]

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Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings – ‘Sweet Thursday’ (EP review)

Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings – ‘Sweet Thursday’ (EP review)

As time passes, Quinn Devlin is finding more ways to welcome us to his inner world. This time he’s opened his doors to optimism and four new tunes that will make you want to walk out in the sunset and dance. In a perfect marriage between Bad Company and Van Morrison, Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings‘ new EP, Sweet […]

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Woods – ‘Love is Love’ (album review)

Woods – ‘Love is Love’ (album review)

Since becoming a band in 2005, Woods have been a voice of optimism amid weary times. Based in Brooklyn, they have built a national fanbase with consistent sound and ideals all the way through. With their new project, Love is Love,  Jeremy Earl and his bandmates propose that we forget about the negative vibrations for a while… And it works. […]

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