Alt-Country
Lisa LeBlanc - Lisa LeBlanc

Lisa LeBlanc – Lisa LeBlanc

No, I have no idea what she’s singing about.  Sure, I can glean a few details here and there throughout the album, but my unparalleled powers of deduction have determined that Lisa LeBlanc doesn’t need to be understood to be enjoyed.  So much attention is paid to whether lyrics stand out, but since the (majority...
Shakey Graves - Roll the Bones

Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones

When your pocket’s filled with dollar bills, your heart forgets to eat. In the current sea of technically remarkable music, it’s easy to overlook those who keep simplicity in their crosshairs.  These are the guys making sure that above all else, over-complication is kept under wraps in order to retain an organic, true-to-life feeling.  It’s...
Birds and Batteries - Panorama

Birds and Batteries – Panorama

“…and now it’s time for you to let go, of everything you used to know.” While Birds and Batteries haven’t quite shattered the limits of jam-rock with Panorama, they’ve certainly crafted an unforgettable take on the genre. Panorama is an album with character.  Each of the nine tracks is saturated with life and delivered without...
Balto - October's Road

Balto – October’s Road

Albums with stories behind them seem to always evoke some sort of positive emotion from me, no matter what the premise.  October’s Road by Balto is one such piece. The collection opens with the thundering song “The Railyard“, one that sweeps the listener along with its somewhat whimsical melodies played out by guitar, banjo, mandolin...