Review: David Dondero

David Dondero "Shooting at the Sun with a Water Gun..." (Future Farmer) According to the press sheet, Ex-Sunbrain member David Dondero is now some kind of folky, beat wanderer.  The first thing you're...

Review: Wonderlick

Wonderlick "Self-Titled" (Future Farmer) Easy going music.  That is confused in direction, and all directions are wrong to begin with.  Some songs are the 'guy and his acoustic' singing about, yes,...

Review: Howie Beck

Howie Beck "Hollow" (Future Farmer) This guy sounds so much like Elliott Smith. The vocals and the acousto-pop music are as close to Smith's as one can get without copyright infringement. Even the lyrics...

Review: Matt Keating

Matt Keating "Tiltawhirl" (Future Farmer) More akin to the alt country bands of the last decade than anything else, Matt Keating bears a striking vocal resemblance to the Red House Painter's Mark Kozelek,...

Review: M. Ward

M. Ward "End Of Amnesia" (Future Farmer) Rooted firmly in the currently overgrown field of singer/songwriters, M. Ward, of Rodriguez fame, has crafted a charming and witty album with folk smarts and a...

Review: Nik Freitas

Nik Freitas "Here's Laughing At You" (Future Farmer) Brendan Benson, Beck Hanson and even a bit of Ben Folds appear as cloud shapes in the sky of Nik Freitas' world. Guitars, piano, light percussion and a...