ALBUM REVIEWS

Album Reviews “New Releases and Artist-on-Artist” by ON TOUR MONTHLY

– By Brandon Callies – “PUSH PLAY” Austin based band, Buggaboo, play a swampy blues-rock blend that would make New Orleans’ finest jealous. The band’s newest album, Asteria, pulls from varied musical stylings, making it a great listen regardless of typical predetermined musical preference. Buggaboo is comprised of thre…

– By Brandon Callies – “PUSH PLAY” The Black Keys pull no punches with their new album, Turn Blue, which bids the question, can these guys put out a bad album? The band set the bar high with their last album, El Camino, but have once again outdone themselves. The album starts off with a psychedelic track called ,”Weigh…

– By Brandon Callies – “PUSH PLAY” Black Stone Cherry has made its name as a no-nonsense rock band, and they are still waving that flag on their new album, Magic Mountain. Southern rock mixed with stoner metal and a soulful vocal approach is the formula for this outfit from Edmonton Kentucky. “Holding On..To Letting Go…

– By James Villa – “PUSH PLAY” Miss May I returns with its fourth full length studio album, Rise of the Lion. This time around it appears the band has focused primary on the fundamentals of what made them a household name back in 2010. Rise of the Lion is a journey full of great harmonies and melodic interludes. Tracks…

– By Karl Heinz – “PUSH PLAY” Filled to the brim with back-of-the-telegram vocals and dusty roadhouse piano, Bad Mountain’s self-titled debut EP is a wondrous piece of art. Frontman, and sole proprietor, Jesse Anderson may have set up his storefront in the modern-day sprawl of Dallas, Texas, but this record would sugge…

– By Danielle Longueville – “PUSH PLAY.” AND THEN PUSH IT A THOUSAND TIMES MORE. As a first time listener to Closure in Moscow, I was immediately impressed with the level of talent these guys possess. The influences of The Mars Volta and Chiodos resound through this prog-rock quintet without taking away from their raw…

– By Brandon Callies – “PUSH PLAY” Against Me! is back with a new album and new appearance, but the sound remains the same. The band’s new record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, is as intense as it is heartfelt. The band tackles the elephant in the room right out of the gate with the title track ,”Transgender Dysphoria B…

– By Austin Reed – “PUSH PLAY” Sure, snagging the Best Label nod from the 2013 Dallas Observer Music Awards back in November probably carried with it a little much-deserved pomp and circumstance. But the folks over at Hand Drawn Records have since acted relatively unphased. Which is weird. At the moment, they’re hummin…