Rocker Billy Squier had the good fortune of releasing his 2nd record in 1981, a few months prior to MTV debuting on the airwaves. His radio-friendly, guitar-oriented tracks along with accompanying videos getting heavy airplay on MTV turned out to be a combination made in heaven. This album generated no
This trio from Chicago recently released this 2022 indie rock record. A fuzzy mix of gentle vocals and distortion-filled guitar sounds actually makes for a pleasing listen. It's a breath of fresh air in these sometimes overproduced days. Give 'Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty),' 'Billy' and 'Anti-glory' a listen.
This 2022 record is the third in six years by New York indie rock band Sunflower Bean (previously covered here [https://www.auditorymusings.net/twentytwo-in-blue-by-sunflower-bean/]). As mentioned in that post, I'm a big fan of singer/bassist Julia Cumming's voice as evidenced by my picks down below. This album shows
I've been meaning to write about this 1982 record for awhile. I feel it's pretty underrated in Petty's catalog and deserves a mention here. What motivated me to finally get to it was watching the documentary Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers (previously covered here [https://www.auditorymusings.
What continues to amaze me about Mike Campbell's non-Heartbreaker output (his debut with The Dirty Knobs previously covered here [https://www.auditorymusings.net/wreckless-abandon-by-the-dirty-knobs/]) is his voice - I can't help but feel like he's channeling Tom Petty with every song he sings. Either that or I just miss Petty
This 2020 record by Chicago-based trio Dehd was met with critical acclaim, most notably by the notoriously grumpy online publication, Pitchfork, calling it some of the best new music of that year. Mixing elements of surf rock (and all that entails in terms of distinctive guitar playing), shoegaze and straight
When one thinks of the Manchester-bred Britpop band Oasis, images of the constantly squabbling brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher or images of those first two classic record sleeves usually come to mind. However, many casual listeners of the band may not realize that this 1998 record, a collection of B-sides,
With the recent news that upholsterer extraordinaire [https://jackwhiteartanddesign.com/work/furniture-and-upholstery/third-man-upholstery-shop/] Jack White plans on releasing two solo records in 2022, I thought I’d take this opportunity to revisit his debut from 2012. This genre-bending record is alternative to its core, though it’s layered with folk,
(Former) Fleetwood Mac frontman (that still just doesn’t sound right) Lindsey Buckingham has a just released 2021 record out which, interestingly enough, is self-titled (not typically the norm for one’s seventh solo album). Perhaps it’s his way of embracing the new found independence forced upon him. That