Jon Sobel's reviews of music releases from independent artists and labels, collected and published about twice a month.
Laura Vecchione's playful side, combined with the high quality of her songs, makes this soul-splashed country-rock CD a winner.
Jen Chapin's slithery delivery, pop-inspired melodies and cutting lyrics turn even the homiest sentiment into art.
Personally, I've had it with edgy. Give me a good song over an intriguing attitude any day.
This CD is a whole lot of fun, and isn't that the main point of rock anyway?
"Buy Buy" suggests something Pete Townshend might have written after accidentally wandering into a Wal-Mart.
"For us, blues is all about grit and dirt. It's not about notes, or technicality or any of that crap."
More hooks per square foot than a velcro dance floor.
Four good Kevin So songs are worth more than an hour of music from most artists.
It's remarkable when any independent label survives this long, no matter what its mission.
Get there early - the more you've drunk, the better we sound!
Quirky, contemplative, authentic entries are highlighted.
End result: subtle, 21st-century eclectic-pop gold.
"Yea" is a headbanger's delight that Beavis and Butthead would surely have labeled cool.
A plain old rockin' good time is had by all.
Wherever Sister Fern is now, she's got absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
Another grown-up woman singing in a little-girl voice about her dreams and disappointments: sounds pretty bleak, I know.
Behold a true Irish poet of the back alleys.
It speaks for the romantic, the idealist, the lover, the hopeless (or hopeful) devotee, the Icarus, the Abelard in us all.
Stardate 1984: I'm just out of college. Still wearing my Ronald Reagan protest beard.
It's fair to ask if we really need another song about a man who can't commit.