Johnny Gallagher-Six Day Hurricane

If you only know John Gallagher, jr. from his acting roles in films like Short Term 12 or television programs like “Newsroom,” you’re really only seeing a limited view of the man’s many talents. He’s an award-winning Broadway actor whose performance in musicals like “Spring Awakening” and Green Day’s “American Idiot” catapulted him into the elite of musical theater. He’s long been an active songwriter … Continue reading Johnny Gallagher-Six Day Hurricane

Christopher The Conquered-I’m Not That Famous Yet (EP)

   Chris Ford is poised to drop an album I already have penciled in as best of 2016 in a couple months. But first, he’s teasing out a few songs to introduce Christopher The Conquered to the public at large. Many probably haven’t heard his brilliant Fate Of A Good Man record. Or seen him perform, which is a must if you enjoy his music. … Continue reading Christopher The Conquered-I’m Not That Famous Yet (EP)

Heyward Howkins-Be Frank, Furness

The first thing that caught my attention about Heyward Howkins was his voice. A perfect balance between Antony Hegarty and Roy Orbison that gives the songs a bit of classic rock and post-modernism at the same time. My first time through the record I focused almost entirely on the vocals, unable to really pay any attention to anything else going on. They’ve done a nice … Continue reading Heyward Howkins-Be Frank, Furness

Ezra Furman-Day Of The Dog

This will probably come as a surprise to no one, but I think Ezra Furman is the most unique and talented songwriter working today. Last year he released his first solo album, The Year Of No Returning, and it easily found itself in my top 5 of 2012. His new release, Day Of The Dog, came out earlier this week. While it is entirely different-almost … Continue reading Ezra Furman-Day Of The Dog

Okkervil River-The Silver Gymnasium

The past fifteen years have seen a lot of changes in the music world. Napster, iTunes, the resurgence of vinyl (and for some reason cassettes). One of the few constants has been the quality of Okkervil River. Will Sheff and the rest of his Austin crew have put out hit after hit since ’98, and Silver Gymnasium is no exception. Their consistency in this era … Continue reading Okkervil River-The Silver Gymnasium