Rookie – Rookie

Good guy rock and rollers Rookie release a long-awaited debut in unsure times, more treaded waters of brackish stature for a group who just jumped the gun. Is this the true death of a salesman? Lawdy I hope not. Rookie was just getting started. The Chicago outfit rides the same tides as greats like Twin… Continue reading Rookie – Rookie

The Mekons – Deserted

The Mekons mean business this time. You’ll need to rewind to the mid ’90s and I (Heart) Mekons for the last case of this motley crew extending such an olive branch to those outside their circle of devoted fans. That’s not to say The Mekons have phoned it in the past 20 years – far… Continue reading The Mekons – Deserted

Charlie Pickett

Charlie Pickett Will See You In Miami The Club Downunder in Tallahassee was a low-ceiling, dingy afterthought of a club below the cafeteria on the campus of Florida State University. It was also, in the early years of the ’80s, the epicenter of rock ’n’ roll for the teenaged dorm dwellers and campus misfits (myself… Continue reading Charlie Pickett

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Years

Early on in her sophomore album, Sarah Shook offers a wry, yet revealing, personal assessment: “I need this shit like I need another hole in my head.” Framed against a straight-up honky-tonk arrangement – guitar, bass, drums, lap steel – Shook’s vocal is equal parts defiance and self-loathing as she details a scenario rapidly going… Continue reading Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Years

Lydia Loveless Doc, Live EP En Route

A feature-length DVD documentary on Lydia Loveless, along with an accompanying live EP, are heading to retailers on November 24th. From filmmaker Gorman Bechard (Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements), who calls Loveless “the future of rock and roll,” Who Is Lydia Loveless? follows her and her band during the recording of her… Continue reading Lydia Loveless Doc, Live EP En Route

Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless: Don’t Tell Her to Turn it Down, ‘Cuz it Ain’t Loud Enough! There’s a lot to love about Lydia Loveless. For God’s sake, just listen to her (if you haven’t already), and you’ll figure that out. At the moment, I sorta love the fact that she immersed herself in the poetry of Paul… Continue reading Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine

I’m not sure if Lydia Loveless is talking about a tough-ass pickup truck, her guitar or her heart when she calls her new album Indestructible Machine. Any could apply. Given the tone of these nine songs balled up into a punchy 38 minutes, though, the logical guess would be the body’s largest muscle, which the… Continue reading Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine

Andre Williams

Hey Man, That Suit Is You! Humpin’ Bumpin’ and Thumpin’ With Andre Williams Redd Foxx gave him his nickname – Mr. Rhythm – and everyone from a pre-teen Stevie Wonder to R&B legend Ike Turner has enlisted his talents as a writer and producer. And let’s not forget two or three generations of punk and… Continue reading Andre Williams