Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Derek Hoke – Goodbye Rock ‘N’ Roll (Electric Western Records)

Derek Hoke – Goodbye Rock ‘N’ Roll (Electric Western Records)

Like any good realist, Derek Hoke knows you can’t be a rocker forever — it’s painful to watch (e.g., The Stones, The Who, Aerosmith). But good country and roots artists — like whiskey and leather boots — only seem to get better with age. The title track opens this debut with a playfully bittersweet sayonara […]

The Bottle Rockets – "Lean Forward" (Bloodshot Records)

The Bottle Rockets – "Lean Forward" (Bloodshot Records)

Atlanta, GA — I’ve never liked comparisons. If a reviewer must mention how closely one band’s sound resembles another, that only reduces the band to mere cover-band status. Just my opinion, but hey, that’s what I’m here for. That said, The Bottle Rockets have been compared thusly: Wilco are to the Beatles as The Bottle […]

J.B. Beverley and the Wayward Drifters “Watch America Roll By” Helltrain

J.B. Beverley and the Wayward Drifters “Watch America Roll By” Helltrain

The fact that “Virginia’s hardcore honky tonkers” reference Johnny Cash and Hank Williams (and to a somewhat lesser degree Merle Haggard) on their myspace page doesn’t shock me because those names still have some level of cool factor in certain circles, but when they drop Jimmie Rodgers’ name, I know they’re serious about old country. […]

Built to Spill

Built to Spill

by Rebecca Zaragoza Making new music is a daunting task for Doug Martsch. This could come as a surprise to Built to Spill’s ever-appreciative fan base, according to the energy at their recent show at the Echoplex in L.A., and people cannot get enough of their artful sound. My favorite thing about Built to Spill’s […]