Garage Rock

Kings of Leon – ‘When You See Yourself’ Album Review

Photo Credit: RCA Records On When You See Yourself, their first new album in five years (and eighth studio effort overall), Kings of Leon offer up fifty minutes of tight, mature, intelligent rock ‘n’ roll, most of which can be described as “atmospheric” but almost none of which comes off as incidental. The marathon-titled opening… Read more

The Strokes – ‘The New Abnormal’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jason McDonald When the twenty-first century began, the garage band revival spearheaded by bands like the White Stripes looked to become the defining rock trend of the moment. Unfortunately, the Seattle grunge scene of a decade earlier had left popular culture somewhat (and needlessly) obsessed with geographic centralization, so because the garage rock… Read more

The Black Keys – ‘“Let’s Rock”’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen With their latest release, the Black Keys already begin messing with our heads before we’ve even listened to a single note. The album’s title, “Let’s Rock”, appears on the cover exactly that way – in quotes. Just what are we supposed to make of this? The phrase itself is both generic… Read more

The Raconteurs – ‘Help Us Stranger’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Vance Powell When last we left our heroes the Raconteurs more than a decade ago, they had scored two gold albums and a hit single, “Steady as She Goes”, lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack White was still half of the White Stripes, and Raconteurs co-lead Brendan Benson was also plowing forward with his… Read more