Kristi Houk

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Music Review

The Dandy Warhols ROCKMAKER

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if You Like: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Kills, The Black Angels The Dandy’s are back and Courtney Taylor-Taylor, lead vocalist for Portland’s party band, is paranoid. About a lot of things but mainly life as we know it and our complacency with it all.   Pretty sure this is why his band The Dandy Warhols have made one of the hardest hitting records I’ve heard […]

todayMarch 14, 2024 45

Music Review

Moor Mother – The Great Bailout (Anti- Records)

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you Like: 700 Bliss, Kae Tempest, Elucid, Billy Woods, Late Miles Davis This is not easy listening, It will make you uncomfortable particularly if you are white. It is past time that we ( as white people) feel discomfort. It is time to shut up and listen. All good art should make the viewer/listener squirm.  Philadelphia based songwriter and poet, Camae Ayewa known by […]

todayMarch 7, 2024 26

Music Review

Sheer Mag – Playing Favorites

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you like Thin Lizzy, Mannequin Pussy, Hop Along It’s a new era for Philly based rock band, Sheer Mag. The band recently signed to Third Man Records (started by Jack White in Nashville) and have released Playing Favorites a killer album of 70’s rock mixed with theatrics and funk. On title track, “Playing Favorites” it’s clear that the band fronted by bombshell, punk icon, […]

todayFebruary 29, 2024 29

Music Review

Mary Timony – Untame the Tiger *Merge Records

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you like: Wild Flag, Kristin Harsh, Margaret Glassy, Liz Phair “You really can’t love without letting go…”  -Mary Timony Ain’t it the truth? There are many of these “truths” circling Timony’s latest release, Untame the Tiger, her first solo album in 15 years.  Not that she hasn’t been making kick ass music since then - she definitely has - see Wild Flag, Ex Hex, […]

todayFebruary 22, 2024 55 1

Music Review

Pylon Reenactment Society – Magnet Factory * Strolling Bones Records

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you like: Pylon, REM, Suburban Lawns, Swell Maps Pylon (noun) a: A usually massive gateway There would be no REM without seminal, post-punk, Athens, GA art students turned band, Pylon. Period. Former REM drummer Bill Berry famously said when declining Rolling Stone’s claim that REM was “America’s Best” saying that it was Pylon instead. Pylon’s influence on post-punk /alternative/indie - whatever descriptor is used […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 62

Music Review

Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs and Stories

By - Kristi Houk This day in music history brought to you by "There's NO cool releases this week" Recommended if you like: You will like it, okay?? I encourage you to look up the grainy video clip of St. Paul Minnesota’s best band (yeah, I said it) Husker Du performing “Could You Be the One?” the first and only single off the pioneering punk trio’s last studio album - […]

todayJanuary 4, 2024 70 7

Music Review

M(h)aol – Attachment Styles

By - Kristi Houk   Trigger Warning References to rape culture and sexual assault; You know, what women and those who identify as women have been dealing with since the dawn of time. Will this shit ever get better?  Prepared to be pissed off and ready to burn down the patriarchy after listening to M(h)aol’s (pronounced “male”) debut release, Attachment Styles.  It’s no surprise that the band is Irish, I […]

todayDecember 7, 2023 75

Music Review

Pavement – Slanted And Enchanted (rewind)

By - Kristi Houk In which I revisit Pavement’s debut album, Slanted and Enchanted, originally released in April, 1992. I’ve dismissed Pavement since I first heard them in the early 90’s. Not without trying, mind you. I bought Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain when it came out in 1994 solely for the track, “Range Life.” I listened to the record—mainly that one track if I’m being honest—a handful of times and […]

todayNovember 30, 2023 42

Music Review

MJ Lenderman and The Wind – Live & Loose

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you like:  Wednesday, Silver Jews, Jason Molina, Uncle Tupelo I am not convinced that MJ Lenderman is actually from Asheville North Carolina. While, yes, Asheville is typically still below the Mason-Dixon line, Lenderman’s scorched Southern rock sounds more like it’s coming from someone born and raised in Limestone County, Alabama.  Recorded live at Lincoln Hall in Chicago and at Lodge Room in L.A., these […]

todayNovember 16, 2023 121