Ponderosa – Pool Party


Atlanta/Athens-based rock and roll band Ponderosa’s sophomore album is plenty of things an outstanding second offering should aim to be: a natural progression to an existing foundation, an exploration of avenues begging to be taken, and a ballsy ability to defy any desire to compartmentalize a sound. The Southern rock tag has been associated with [...]

Live Review: Ezra Furman w/ Daniel Knox at Hideout Chicago

Ezra Furman

Last Thursday I left the apartment still shouldering a hang-over from 4th of July and headed out on a solo mission toward Hideout Chicago—an intimate and delightfully homey venue in an industrial cul-de-sac on the west side of the city—to check out Ezra Furman performing solo as the headlining act among a lineup that also included comedians, [...]

Hear The Soft Pack’s New Single from Upcoming ‘Strapped’

The Soft Pack

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this news: The Soft Pack fans only have to wait a few more months for a follow-up album to the band’s exceptional, self-titled 2010 debut. By the sound of the “Saratoga,” the band has not only ceased to lose an inch of their sunny rock and roll fervor on the new [...]

Hacienda – Shakedown


San Antonio rock quartet Hacienda have triumphantly let loose on their third album, Shakedown, by firing off a brisk set of ten deliciously melodic gems powered with heavy doses of guitar licks, soul grooves and indefatigable hooks. Hacienda and their particular brand of compulsively enjoyable, old-fashioned rock and roll are kindred underdog spirits to Billy [...]

King Tuff – ‘King Tuff’

King Tuff

King Tuff is the musical alias of Kyle Thomas, a scraggly-haired, gold-toothed rock and roller who just released his follow-up LP, King Tuff, on May 29th via Sub Pop Records. The first thing I noticed was the unique album art— a bat-winged, horned skeleton wielding a guitar and wand on a pink background is nothing if [...]

Listen: Stream Jeff the Brotherhood’s New EP

jeff the brotherhood Hypnotic Knights EP

The Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, aka Jeff the Brotherhood, are set to deliver another wicked dose of rock and roll grime on July 17, when they will drop their full-length follow-up to 2011’s double-blast of We Are the Champions and Live at Third Man. The new LP, titled Hypnotic Nights, is still more [...]

The Whigs Release New Song and Announce Album Details

The Whigs

Athens rockers offer up a dose of “Summer Heat” The Whigs, the Athens, GA trio full of rock and roll promise and explosive energy, are slated to release their fourth album, Enjoy the Company, on September 18. The band wrote the songs in Nashville, TN and Athens, GA and recorded the album in Woodstock, NY [...]