Category | Bloody Red Baron

BLOODY RED BARON – November Reviews

Posted on 11 December 2017

NOVEMBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron THE GLAD MACHINE (Spirithouse) This Massachusetts quartet’s debut album kills with a sublime collection of crunchy hooks and wailing guitars, with massive Who-type chords. Brad Thayer’s elegant vocals swoop effortlessly from tenor to falsetto, as on the Raspberries-like “Tonight.” “Wave” swirls around a Great Buildings foundation, with a thalamus-pleasing echo […]

BLOODY RED BARON – October Reviews

Posted on 01 November 2017

OCTOBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron TRIP WIRE: Cold Gas Giants (Kool Kat) Trip Wire is Marty Schneier, Bill Hunt, and Jeff Shelton, all veterans of numerous power pop bands. Together they thrum like a Yamaha, making urgent, propulsive pop in the vein of 20/20 or the Plimsouls, both of whom might have recorded “I’m Not The Enemy.” “This […]

BLOODY RED BARON – September Reviews

Posted on 14 September 2017

SEPTEMBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron V/A – SONGS, BOND SONGS Andrew Curry, the mastermind behind Here Comes The Reign Again, The Second British Invasion, and Drink A Toast To Innocence, A Tribute to Lite Rock, has done it again with this double CD of every James Bond theme performed by some of power pop’s brightest stars. Songs […]

BLOODY RED BARON – Summer Reviews

Posted on 02 August 2017

SUMMER RELEASES by Mike Baron THE HANGABOUTS: Kits & Cats and Saxon Wives (Futureman) Three guys from Michigan in a Chad & Jeremy/Peter & Gordon/Brit invasion mood, very solid follow-up to Illustrated Bird. The layered and seductive guitar on the title track is like one of those appetizers that threatens to ruin the meal for you, because you want […]

BLOODY RED BARON – June Reviews

Posted on 02 June 2017

JUNE RELEASES by Mike Baron   THE BLOOD RUSH HOUR: Who Folds First (Nicola) The Blood Rush Hour is a cornucopia of styles, beats and ideas melded into a seamless whole, operatic in scope, but rooted in the mad pop science of XTC, David Myhr, Marco Joaquim, The Foreign Films, The Pillbugs, or the Dowling Poole. […]

BLOODY RED BARON – April

Posted on 21 April 2017

BLOODY RED BARON APRIL RELEASES by Mike Baron NEAL MORSE BAND: The Similitude Of a Dream (Metal Music) Jaw-dropping two-disc set of prog rock reeking of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, ELP, Yes, Captain Beyond and even AC/DC, based on John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. I know what you’re thinking—Pilgrim’s Progress, Pilgrim’s Shmogress. It’s a sort of […]

BLOODY RED BARON – Best of 2016

Posted on 09 March 2017

BLOODY RED BARON BEST OF 2016 by Mike Baron As always, it has been a great year for power pop, so much so that I am hard-pressed to limit my list to ten. I’m listing them in no particular order, because sometimes I like oranges and sometimes I like lemons! I couldn’t do without a […]

BLOODY RED BARON – November Reviews

Posted on 28 November 2016

BLOODY RED BARON November Reviews by Mike Baron   DAVID BROOKINGS: And the Average Lookings Elegant power pop in a Davenports/Rosenbergs/Gin Blossoms mode, with hooks, bridges, and multi-part harmonies. David Brookings uses the whole buffalo in making a song, filling every part with buzzing guitars. “The Optimist” is typical with its minor key theme that breaks […]

BLOODY RED BARON – September Reviews

Posted on 12 September 2016

BLOODY RED BARON September Reviews by Mike Baron SKELETON STAFF: Kurfurstendammned The autodidact and polymath Stanton Marriot, aka Skeleton Staff, has produced a rock opera about Weimar Germany that inevitably raises the specters of Cabaret and the Three Penny Opera. You expect Joel Grey to lead this ensemble, and it would work very well as […]

BLOODY RED BARON – June & July Reviews

Posted on 20 July 2016

  ========================================================== MICHAEL CARPENTER: The Big Radio Carpenter’s latest is a rich palette of modern pop suffused with a golden glow and wrapped in swooning harmonies. Carpenter uses the studio the way the Cheyenne used the buffalo. He let’s no part go to waste. It is a radio-friendly sound that harks back to the Brill […]