Dawn of the Smithereens (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… “Even though we were still climbing and clawing our way towards some measure of recognition and success, just having the opportunity to set up shop in […]

Dawn of the Smithereens (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… But even playing covers, the three musicians quickly developed a musical character all their own, defined by Diken’s assertive yet tasteful drumming, Babjak’s powerful and melodic […]

Dawn of the Smithereens (Part 1 of 3)

Beginning with their major-label debut Especially for You, New Jersey rock quartet the Smithereens enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and a degree of commercial success. The band’s trademark synthesis of diverse […]

Sound and Vision from the Smithereens

Below is a clip containing some (grainy) still photos of the Smithereens onstage at the 2009 Charlotte Pop Fest. The audio is a portion of the song “Any Other Way” […]

Album Review: The Smithereens Play Tommy

The Smithereens are well-known rock fans. Their unique, canny take on rock music is informed by everyone from the Four Freshmen (drummer Dennis Diken cites them as a large-looming influence) […]

Album Review: The Anderson Council — The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon

Album cover art often offers clues to the music contained within. But this isn’t always the case. The latest album from The Anderson Council features a cover that uses tarot […]

Album Review: Various Artists — Shine On

One of popular culture’s great tragedies is the absence of Pete Ham. The Welsh singer-songwriter-guitarist was the creative center of gravity in Badfinger; his distinctive voice and superb songwriting were […]

Hundred Word Reviews, May 2023 Part 3

Jason Blake – Subsequent Ruins Seeing the 7D Media logo on this CD meant that Subsequent Ruins went straight onto the must-hear pile. Y’see, that’s the New Mexico-based label that’s […]

Album Review: Librarians with Hickeys – Handclaps & Tambourines

Their name might be on the unfortunate side, but Librarians with Hickeys know how to craft a winning tune. The trio engages in some straightforward truth-in-labeling on their latest release, […]

Album Review: Mark Duda – Bodega Flowers

I’ll be honest: this one confused me. From the Halloween-themed font to the woman on the cover (is that Mark Duda?) And the Japanese(?) lettering, I had no idea at […]