Phosphorescent – Muchacho

Phosphorescent Muchacho

The cover art of Phosphorescent’s Muchacho depicts a grittily lit scene with two topless women on a motel room bed – one on her back and the other upright and beaming, sporting a cowboy hat. Matthew Houck (aka Phosphorescent) laughs in the foreground, much of his face off to the side of the frame. Something [...]

Shotgun Jimmie – Everything, Everything

Everywhere Everywhere

Shotgun Jimmie, the stage name of New Brunswick’s Jim Kilpatrick, is releasing his newest album, Everything Everything, through the You’ve Changed Records label.  It’s a feel-good album that will transport you to sunny California with acoustic strumming and beach party riffs and drums. Shotgun Jimmie impressed with his previous album Transistor Sister, which the Sheaf called “his [...]

Quiet Parade – Old Haunts

Quiet Parade Old Haunts

With a flawless new EP, Old Haunts, Halifax quintet Quiet Parade are staking their claim as one of the finest unsung acts in all of North America. My sincere apologies if that strikes you as grossly hyperbolic, but I have to assume you haven’t listened to much Quiet Parade. Quiet Parade, originally started as a [...]

Robyn Hitchcock – Love From London

Love From London

Robyn Hitchcock’s credibility as an original artist has never been in question, and Love From London, the rock veteran’s 19th solo album, proves to be yet another worthy notch on his storied, if criminally underrated, belt. Having founded the impressive art-rock outfit The Soft Boys in 1976, recorded and performed with The Egyptians in the [...]

Clutch – Earth Rocker

Earth Rocker

It’s been nearly four years since Clutch released their previous album, Strange Cousins from the West, but this month they’re releasing their tenth studio album, Earth Rocker. I was treated to an early look at this powerful rock and roll album, and it appears fans will be delighted with Neil Fallon’s mastery of words, the heavy rhythm and [...]

Escondido – The Ghost of Escondido


At my first glance of the album cover, I mistook Escondido’s debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, for a 1970′s vinyl record.  The white frame, conveniently placed track list and subdued tones of the retro album art left an impression like fine aged wine.  Sure enough, the record gives a welcomed sense of comfort and nostalgia. [...]

Josh Ritter – The Beast in Its Tracks

Josh Ritter The Beast in Its Tracks

The first song on Josh Ritter’s seventh album, The Beast in Its Tracks, is a one-verse scene-setter that the brilliant singer-songwriter delivers with his perfected brand of poignant wordplay. Ritter, who for me sits atop an elite tier of modern lyricists, provides a prologue of what is to come on an intimate album inspired by [...]

Lead Mule – Lead Mule EP

Lead Mule EP

Back in November, I gave a glowing review to the debut album from a young rock and roll band from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia named Rain Over St. Ambrose. To my knowledge, neither the band nor the album (Truth for News) have been covered by many other outlets south of the Canadian border, but it was [...]