Friday, May 19, 2017

We're Moving - To A REAL Address!

Hello y'all!

We've just set up a new web address for the blog:

This is exciting, yes? We're rebranding a wee little bit, too: Music Ravings (by Matthew Keefer). Kinda catchy, right?

And more exciting: we've put up our first new post on the new blog.


Guess, guess, who might I be?
We hope to catch y'all just down the street! See you at!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Marling Makes New England Feel "Femina"

Relaxing in the garden. Laura Marling takes a break from her tour to smell the... ivy. (C) Hollie Fernando.
The Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton, MA. Sun. 5-14-17, Doors 7p, Show 7:30p. $25.
Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA. Tues. 5-16-17, Doors 7p, Show 8p. $25.

As soon as we listened to Semper Femina, we knew we had to see this British folk songstress. Recording music as a nineteen-year-old, Laura Marling's career includes impressing Ryan Adams enough that he threw away an album and re-recorded Ashes & Fire, all at an age most girls stumble around drunk because it's legal. At the age of 27 today, Marling has released her sixth full-length album earlier this year (and yes, we have reviewed it here... and yes, also greatly enjoyed it). To sum up: Semper Femina is just as it sounds, with a lyrical intelligence and simplicity to it that we feel is... well... perhaps you'll best understand listening to our favorite, "Nothing, Not Nearly." There. Does that hit the spot? We hope so.

If you enjoy incisive lyrics, strings, and clear, crystal simplicity, then you'll want to check out this album; check out some more tracks on her Soundcloud, too. Even those aren't grapevines in that promo pic, this Brit's still a draught of good wine that you'll want to imbibe with a tasteful friend. Editor's Note: A good bottle of wine is more costly than admission here.

Further tour dates on her website as well. Catch y'all there,

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Plenty of "Magic" on Goodbye June's Debut LP

Goodbye June - Magic Valley
Interscope Records
- out now
4 / 5

Time for a bit of rock and roll.

That must be the impetus behind this Nashville trio's debut LP. Goodbye June, we must say, sounds like they're already on their third or fourth album - Magic Valley is a polished piece of record right here. They've got cookers ("Good Side," "Bamboozler"), quiet ones ("Darling"), and just generally a good chex-mix of rock singles. Musically, think of aggravated vocals taking a hint from Angus-Young, simplified, clear guitar hooks (perhaps also a la AC/DC), and singable choruses. All in all, a good time with Goodbye June.

We can look at some of the songs on here, starting with the single "Daisy." Again - those clear, clean guitar hooks boost up Landon Milbourne's vocals. But if we enjoy these musicians, and their lead singer, we'd have to be a bit soft on the lyrics: "Daisy" is a pretty typical song about yearning for a woman. Most of the songs here, lyrically, don't particularly surprise, and perhaps even musically, the instrumentation is pretty straight-forward. Still, most of Magic Valley is a fun, enjoyable ride. The closer, "Fear of Jesus," is a song we'd like to pull out as a quiet, contemplative song that perhaps tells the softest, fullest story of the eleven. It's a little treat at the end, somewhat unexpected, and something we'd like to see Goodbye June delve into a bit more.

But here, on a debut LP, Goodbye June has given their career a strong push off the dock. It's not intricate, it's not hugely deep; but enjoyable, yes; fun, yes; rock and roll, absolutely yes. We're hoping their next one is as groovy as this one: recommended.

Listen along on Soundcloud.