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Justin is a featured contributor to No Depression, and he resides on the outskirts of Indianapolis in Noblesville, Indiana. He writes is a freelance music journalist who regularly contributes to NUVO alt-weekly in Indianapolis, founded his personal music blog, Division St. Harmony, has been a senior contributor to The Silver Tongue and Laundromatinee, and has written for the Aux.Out. column at Consequence of Sound.

Justin has an affinity for writing and music that is both rich in head and heart. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @clashrebel & @DivisnStHarmony and on Facebook.

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Justin Wesley's Blog

Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)

The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revolutions. Hence the triptych of songs titled “Jack Kerouac,” “Leo Tolstoy” and “Walt Whitman,” on Joshua Powell & the…

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Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:30pm

CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"

Somewhere Else, the new album from Columbus, OH-based fireball Lydia Loveless, is a heart-on-sleeve powerhouse of raw emotion, drenched in punk spirit and decked in cowgirl boots, all hammered home with volatile stab-and-twist anguish. Other songwriters and Nashville belles can write songs in this vein, but nobody does it better than Loveless and no band in the genre embraces the ragged edges and high-watt voltage as feverishly as Loveless’ band (Todd May on guitar/vocals, Ben Lamb…

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Posted on March 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Exclusive Stream: The Speedbumps "The Harbors We Seek"

Kent, Ohio-based four-piece The Speedbumps will release their third full-length album, The Harbors We Seek, next week (November 29) via Leta Records.

The collection's title may hint at the themes of loss, sadness and healing born out of personal circumstances and bled into the verses, but The…

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Posted on November 26, 2013 at 6:27pm — 1 Comment

CD Review: Stewart Eastham "The Man I Once Was"

For his debut album, The Man I Once Was, former Day of the Outlaw frontman Stewart Eastham embraced country grit and sweeping balladry to compose a dense and exciting collection of fourteen songs that amount to his “L.A. to Nashville album.” The debut announces the rise of a knockout songwriter with a commanding, yearning voice, dirt under his fingernails, a sensitive, scorched heart, and an ear for turning personal statements into feats…

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Posted on October 7, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)

The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revolutions. Hence the triptych of songs titled “Jack Kerouac,” “Leo Tolstoy” and “Walt Whitman,” on Joshua Powell & the GTR’s most recent…See More
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Justin Wesley posted a blog post

Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Man Is Born for Trouble (Album Review)

The origin story of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery is pivotal for an appreciation of Powell’s music. The name, inspired by the 1903 film The Great Train Robbery, the first silent western committed to celluloid, evokes Powell’s affinity for history, American aestheticism, and art that has passed through generations and endured technological revolutions. Hence the triptych of songs titled “Jack Kerouac,” “Leo Tolstoy” and “Walt Whitman,” on Joshua Powell & the GTR’s most recent…See More
Thursday
Patsy Raney commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"'
"Gonna catch her in a couple nights right here in Eugene; can't wait!"
Mar 25
Justin Wesley commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"'
"Thank you guys for the very kind words. I'm thrilled you're loving the album as much as I am. And yes,I will, without a doubt, be at the Old 97s / Lydia Loveless show at The Vogue."
Mar 21
David Opdyke commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"'
"So Justin, I assume you'll be catching Ms. Loveless when she appears at the Vogue, June 7 (with the Old 97s!)"
Mar 21
Dan Johnson commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"'
"I downloaded Really Wanna from soundcloud a couple of weeks ago, and was blown away. I was going to buy the album anyway, but after reading this terrific review I put my order in straight away. Just one tiny quibble, the lyrics to They Don't…"
Mar 21
Chip Saam commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"'
"Great review Justin - very nicely written.  This record kills."
Mar 21
A blog post by Justin Wesley was featured

CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"

Somewhere Else, the new album from Columbus, OH-based fireball Lydia Loveless, is a heart-on-sleeve powerhouse of raw emotion, drenched in punk spirit and decked in cowgirl boots, all hammered home with volatile stab-and-twist anguish. Other songwriters and Nashville belles can write songs in this vein, but nobody does it better than Loveless and no band in the genre embraces the ragged edges and high-watt voltage as feverishly as Loveless’ band (Todd May on guitar/vocals, Ben Lamb on bass,…See More
Mar 20
Scott commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"'
"This album is amazing.  I just saw Lydia play 3 sets at SXSW and the band was on fire.  Can't wait to catch a full concert from here next.  "
Mar 17
Justin Wesley posted a blog post

CD Review: Lydia Loveless "Somewhere Else"

Somewhere Else, the new album from Columbus, OH-based fireball Lydia Loveless, is a heart-on-sleeve powerhouse of raw emotion, drenched in punk spirit and decked in cowgirl boots, all hammered home with volatile stab-and-twist anguish. Other songwriters and Nashville belles can write songs in this vein, but nobody does it better than Loveless and no band in the genre embraces the ragged edges and high-watt voltage as feverishly as Loveless’ band (Todd May on guitar/vocals, Ben Lamb on bass,…See More
Mar 15
Kyla Fairchild commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'Exclusive Stream: The Speedbumps "The Harbors We Seek"'
"Thanks for the post Justin.  I always enjoy learning about hearing the artists you write about!"
Dec 2, 2013
A blog post by Justin Wesley was featured

Exclusive Stream: The Speedbumps "The Harbors We Seek"

Kent, Ohio-based four-piece The Speedbumps will release their third full-length album, The Harbors We Seek, next week (November 29) via Leta Records.The collection's title may hint at the themes of loss, sadness and healing born out of personal circumstances and bled into the verses, but The Speedbumps' eclectic musical…See More
Nov 29, 2013
Justin Wesley posted a blog post

Exclusive Stream: The Speedbumps "The Harbors We Seek"

Kent, Ohio-based four-piece The Speedbumps will release their third full-length album, The Harbors We Seek, next week (November 29) via Leta Records.The collection's title may hint at the themes of loss, sadness and healing born out of personal circumstances and bled into the verses, but The Speedbumps' eclectic musical…See More
Nov 26, 2013
Todd Partridge commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'CD Review: Stewart Eastham "The Man I Once Was"'
"I'm enjoying this, thanks for the thorough review.  You're spot-on with the Springsteen/Nebraska reference. Todd "
Oct 18, 2013
Todd Partridge commented on Justin Wesley's blog post 'CD Review: Ha Ha Tonka "Lessons"'
"Thanks for turning me on to these guys -  they are a little genre twisting, and I like that!"
Oct 15, 2013
A blog post by Justin Wesley was featured

CD Review: Stewart Eastham "The Man I Once Was"

For his debut album, The Man I Once Was, former Day of the Outlaw frontman Stewart Eastham embraced country grit and sweeping balladry to compose a dense and exciting collection of fourteen songs that amount to his “L.A. to Nashville album.” The debut announces the rise of a knockout songwriter with a commanding, yearning voice, dirt under his fingernails, a sensitive, scorched heart, and an ear for turning personal statements into feats of storytelling with considerable gravity and lasting…See More
Oct 8, 2013

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At 2:46pm on September 9, 2013, Todd Partridge said…

Hi Justin,

Don't know if you got this....

You can go to:

    http://kingofthetramps.bandcamp.com/yum

and type in the code:

euh6-66g7

To get a free download.. You can also listen to the whole album at www.kingofthetramps.com


Let me know if that works!
Thanks,

Todd

At 2:59pm on September 6, 2013, Todd Partridge said…

Hi Justin, 

Some great reviews on your page!  Josh Ritter, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and several people I haven't heard of yet, but will check out.   I'm trying to spread the word about King Of The Tramps a roots/rock band from Western Iowa.  You can check us out here... www.kingofthetramps.com    I'm looking for reviewers for our new record Wicked Mountain and will send you a copy if you are interested.  Judging from some of your reviews, you might!  Thanks! Todd Partridge

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