“It’s getting cold outside — time for some WARM, delightful ambient pop. Jason Holstrom, known for the Seattle groups Wonderful and United State of Electronica (U.S.E.), has put out this great record full of West Coast reveries and flickering gems.”
“Each bottle of Norman Ale comes with a QR code. Scanning it will take you to a free download of the band’s new album, “Into the Eventyr,” a collection of hearty power-pop reminiscent of Tom Petty and the Wallflowers and Matthew Sweet. But pick it up quick, the ale’s almost out of stock. ”
“This week we reviewed Jason Holstrom’s new album Tonight Sky (check out what we had to say here ). For a little treat during this unusual cold snap, the artist has offered up his track “Bonfire” for free download (and something to thaw out your frostbitten ears) exclusively through Reverb.”
“It’s always refreshing to find contemporary rock bands reaching far back into the misty past of rock n’ roll history to pull out rollicking hooky melodic gems that make true blue music lovers want to twist and shout. Portland’s Norman fits the bill perfectly with its third album Into The Eventyr (that’s not a typo—it means “adventure”).”
“"Blood Song" is music for the time of year when fall inches towards winter; when walks through the woods are in want of contemplative soundtracks and emotive lyrics. In that regard, "Blood Song" delivers. Replete with morose fingerpicking, an Appalachian twang, and husky vocals reminiscent of Karen Dalton, "Blood Song" is a preview of Williamson’s forthcoming debut."
"Tacoma’s The Breaklites make rap kitsch and tongue-in-cheek Americana worship hella catchy on “Shine”. No small feat.”
Watch for I ❤ America coming this winter on January 7th, and listen to “Shine” HERE.
“Tracks like “Time”, in both versions here, have a youthful drive, with echoes of Neil Young’s ferocious “Like A Hurricane” guitar sound. And it’s when the band is so exhilaratingly unbuttoned, as in “Watery Moonlight”, when fearless embrace of Nuggets-style lo-fi pounding combines with a burst of indie energy, that Desert Skies works at its best.”
“Nearing their 10-year milestone as a band, the Parson Red Heads set to work on their third album, Orb Weaver, with the goal of capturing the energy of their live shows in the studio. One song that didn’t make the final cut, “State Lines,” melds ‘90s lo-fi guitars with a ‘60s pop/rock feel.”