In the introduction to his 1975 collection of prose, "Picked-Up Pieces," John Updike listed his five rules for literary criticism, adding what he called a "vaguer sixth," which has to do "with maintaining a chemical purity in the reaction between product and appraiser." "Do not accept for review a book you are...committed by friendship to like," he went on.
I think you can apply that rule (and his preceding five rules, in some way slightly altered) to music criticism and reporting. And as much as I love and respect Updike, I'm going to break his last rule, sort of.
This is not a review, but a recommendation. Last Friday, I went to see my brother's band, Designer, play about an hour set at the World Cafe in Philadelphia. They were releasing their first CD, which they recorded on their own.
I won't describe their music, but if you're interested in a band with cello, piano, drums, trumpet, and occasionally guitar and bass, then check them out. I'm sure they would appreciate your interest.