REVIEW: Little Reader – The Big Score

By: Jorge Almaraz

Put some headphones on and let the music flow through your body. With a ten-track debut album, Little Reader takes you on a fantastic voyage, which explores the multi-dimensionality of love while using a danceable, and somewhat psychedelic, pop tunes as the base of the project.

Produced by Mark Watrous of The Shins, The Big Score is the debut of the duo composed by Nashville-based Kate Tucker and Los Angeles-based Ross Flournoy. This unexpected, yet impressive, collaboration take each of The Big Score´s songs and manages to give each of them a distinctive sound without losing the main style of the album.  From beginning to end, the album keeps you interested in melodies and lyrics that do not sound repetitive in absolute; clearly demonstrating the immense talent of both songwriters to score in the music world.

The album kicks off with “Speed of Light,” a track that may be considered the most representative song of the band so far. “Speed of Light” starts with an energetic, upbeat sound with classical love-related lyrics that sets the tone of the album, which highlights Tucker´s talent as a singer. In my opinion, tracks such as “Light as a Feather,” “Running Toward the Sun,” and “Love Lust Life” are some of the pieces that make The Big Score such an interesting album.

However, it is worth mention that both songwriters have already found success in the music world, by writing for others, prior their collaboration together. Flournoy has written musical themes for TV shows, but his work may be better identified in Jake Tapper´s CNN Show. Meanwhile, Tucker has found success working on film scoring and soundtracks for several independent movies and TV shows.

As proof of Little Reader´s potential, you may listen to their single Speed of Light on season 4, episode 16, of the Fox acclaimed sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” An event that also caught them by surprise.  

This album clearly lands on Mercury – a fantastic album that is already causing a considerable impact.


Look for Little Reader on Episode 2 of the Great Beyond Podcast.


Ben Ottewell, ex-Gomez Vocalist, Guitarist Releases New Album; Shares New Video

Ben Ottewell, vocalist and guitarist as well as songwriter for English indie rock band Gomez, has released a new album, entitled A Man Apart, on Sunday Best.  The album is his third solo album.  Ottewell recently shared the title track from that album.

A Man Apart follows 2011’s Shapes & Shadows and 2014’s Rattlebag.  Each album began to take shape in Los Angeles before being completed in his native England.  A Man Apart comes twenty years after Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize-winning debut Bring It On as well as the occasion of Ottewell’s 40th birthday.  To mark all of these celebratory occasions, Ottewell is taking the new material on the road in the U.S.A. beginning in September and running for one month.

09.13 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
09.15 – Austin, TX – Sidewinder Indoor
09.16 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
09.18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
09.20 – Boston, MA – City Winery
09.21 – New York, NY – City Winery
09.22 – Washington DC – DC9
09.24 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground
09.25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
09.27 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
09.28 – Detroit, MI – Underground @ Dime
09.29 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
09.30 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10.03 – Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove
10.04 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
10.07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hotel Cafe
10.08 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10.10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10.11 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern

“Nowadays, I just feel incredibly lucky to have had some kind of 20-year run at this, and if I can sustain what I do, great. I’m also starting to look a lot more like the way I sound”, adds Ottewell, laughing. “I’m not this fresh-faced kid freaking people out anymore!”


Look for Ben Ottewell’s music on an upcoming episode of The Great Beyond Podcast.

She-Devils Share New Video; Release LP

She-Devils have released a video for “Hey Boy,” the first single off their forthcoming self-titled debut album on the Secretly Canadian imprint.  Montreal natives Audrey Ann Boucher (vocalist) and Kyle Jukka, are currently in Europe on tour.  Check out the video below:

You can also hear She-Devils on the first episode of the Great Beyond Podcast.


The band heads out on the road in June beginning with a show in their hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  She-Devils will be here in Albuquerque on July 18th with Beach Fossils.  Here are those dates:

Thu. June 1 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Fri. June 2 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
Sat. June 3 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Sun. June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Do Division Festival
Mon. June 5 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Wed. June 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
Thu. June 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
Fri. June 9 – Boston, MA @ Lily Pad
Wed. July 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
Fri. July 7 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Sat. July 8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Mon. July 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Tue. July 11 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Wed. July 12 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Fri. July 14 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Sat. July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Sun. July 16 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Tue. July 18 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Wed. July 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Thu. July 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)

Sleepy Sun – New LP & Tour Dates

Ever come across a band that just blows you away and subsequently find out they’ve already released several albums of material, leaving you scratching your head wondering where the hell have you been hiding.  One such band for me is Sleepy Sun.  Their brand new album, Private Tales, comes out June 9th on Dine Alone Records.  The band recently shared two videos from the forthcoming album.  This one is the single “Seaquest.”

In digging around, I found a video from a live session shot at KEXP in Seattle, WA, for the track “Maui Tears.”  This one will remind of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.”  Check this one out:

Sleepy Sun kicks off a U.S. tour tonight and will be in Albuquerque in July.  Here are those dates:

5/25/2017 Santa Cruz, CA @The Catalyst
5/26/2017 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
5/27/2017 Los Angeles, CA @The Hi Hat
7/21/2017 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
7/22/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse w/ Mr. Elevator
7/23/2017 – Tucson, AZ @ Congress
7/25/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Club DaDa
7/26/2017 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
7/27/2017 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow
7/28/2017 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar w/ Froth
7/30/2017 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
8/1/2017 – Boise, ID @ Nuerolux
8/2/2017 – Portland, OR @ Liquor Store
8/3/2017 – Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
8/4/2017 – Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
8/5/2017 – Klamath Falls, OR @ Gino’s


Look for Sleepy Sun in an upcoming episode of The Great Beyond Podcast.



Great Beyond Podcast – Episode 1 Playlist

I am truly excited to be posting the debut episode of the Great Beyond Podcast.  Here is the playlist along with links to each band’s website.