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New Artist Reviews: Qualia

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Seattle-based Michael Hazani whose performance alias is Qualia, is a new and deeply emotive indie rock project who is quickly gaining momentum in the underground music world.

Austin City Limits 2015 Must Sees as Told By a True Austinite

Reilly Wieland | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

It is a true understatement to say that the pinnacle of the teenage Austinite social calendar is Austin City Limits. ACL has taken on a life of its own, an event so fantasized and talked about that it couldn't ever be as good as we all think it will be.

New Artist Reviews: bitter's kiss

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

From New Jersey emerges the family, indie pop duo, bitter's kiss with Chloe Baker (singer/songwriter) and her father, Michael Baker (production/guitar/piano/bass/drums). The young Chloe Baker, is only just beginning her sonic journey.

New Arist Reviews: moduS ponY

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.30.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The man behind moduS ponY is Matt Ackerman, a talented multi-instrumentalist who spills the colors of his mind into his work creating a dreamy collection of visceral sounds.

Of Monsters And Men in LA

Philip David Morton | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

Of Monsters and Men played at the Greek Theater Thursday night near the start of their 2015 international tour promoting their new album Under the Skin to an electrified crowd that packed the stadium as they delivered an elegant and pulse pounding show.

Lafa Taylor Announces First Headlining Tour: The Not One Thing Tour

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, but spending most of his time in Oakland and Los Angeles, singer/rapper/producer Lafa Taylor has a heart full of soul and a brain full of music.

Quiet Company: Music to Tick Off Librarians

Holley Perry | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Holley Perry

Odds are that you have heard the music of Quiet Company and did not even realize it. They have had music featured on reality shows but don't hold that against them.

Art and Music Are Doable

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 06.20.2015 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Art is doable was wisdom handed down by an acting teacher when I was 16 years old. I traveled from the South Bronx on Saturday mornings to study acting in the Teen Program at the Stella Adler Studio. This wisdom still impacts my art.

Interview with Toronto DIY Label Buzz Records

Michael Podell | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Podell

With the record industry as we used to know it continuing to fall apart, small upstarts like Buzz Records are primed to become the main source of new music that doesn't sound factory-made.

The Brooklyn Moron Series 2...

David Ostow | Posted 05.18.2015 | New York
David Ostow

... In which I cull band names from the internet and make wild guesses about the bands. This week I set my shoddy, unreliable sights on two bands names I discovered on Twitter.

CD Review: Involuntary Memories by Plastic Handgun

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

Fortunately, Plastic Handgun eschews musical absurdities and melodic paradoxes for experimental rock that is easy on the ears. The album is called Involuntary Memories and definitely merits the expenditure of any audiophile's limited supply of disposable time.

CD Review: "Sir Cadian Rhythm"

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

In March 2014, five musicians got together on Long Island, New York and decided to form a band. Christening the band "Sir Cadian Rhythm," a play on the circadian rhythms of the human body, the name presages the band's goal of instilling musical rhythm into the hearts and souls of their listeners.

CD Review: Reviver by The Torn Images

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

Like Nirvana, The Torn Images are dependent upon driving, fuzz-busting guitars. For example, the opening track "The Drifting" begins with thrumming guitars that presage a real rock-out. Unfortunately, the guitars just keep thrumming, along with the addition of drums and bass.

Mariage Blanc's 'Blue Eyes' Is A Field Trip Back To Laurel Canyon

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment

Originating from Pittsburgh, Mariage Blanc's new album, "No Autobiography," is a fuzzy goulash of sounds pulled from Laurel Canyon in the late '60...

Discussion with Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.01.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Eleven years before the release of Nirvana's juggernaut Nevermind during the apex of glam metal, Sub Pop Records was a fledgling Xerox-and-X-Acto-knife-produced fanzine that championed local music scenes across the country.

The Best 2014 Mix by a Chick Who Doesn't Dig 'Chick Music'

Chiara Cortese | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Chiara Cortese

It's 2014. If you're like me, you've probably heard about all you can of the songs Fancy, Chandelier and anything Pitbull. Don't give up though, there is some exceptionally great stuff out there.

A Thanksgiving Playlist To Get You Through Cooking A Whole Meal

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.04.2015 | Arts

Imagine this: It's Thanksgiving morning and you've probably just embarked on what will be a marathon day of chopping, slicing, stuffing and basking un...

Ryan Kristobak

Valise's 'Don't Forget Me' Video Is A Beautiful Game Of Adult Telephone | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment

At some point in our lives, most likely when a child, we've all played a game of telephone: someone comes up with a message, and that message is whisp...

Ryan Kristobak

Author's 'Regret' Just Might Break Your Heart | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the last we heard from Author -- Trevor Bartlett (vocals/guitar), Cameron Bartlett (drums/vocals), Nate Washburn (bass)...

Ryan Kristobak

Here's How To Dance The Pain Away | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.14.2014 | Entertainment

Just before I became the last and only male interview of the day for German duo Milky Chance, singer-songwriter Clemens Rehbein joked, "Now we can tal...

MTV's Brenna Ehrlich Chats About Her YA Debut and Reveals Cover

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

November is finally here, which means National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, and Book Awareness Week is right around the corner. So with writing and reading on the brain, what better time to get the scoop on an awesome upcoming book and an exclusive look at the cover?

Exclusive Video Premiere: The Two Tens, "Scene"

Melissa Webster | Posted 01.04.2015 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

Garage punk at its best, "Scene" is a high energy explosion of sound that hits its mark from the first outburst, making one wonder how it can possibly come from a band made up of only two people.

Irish Crooner Hozier Will Have You Singing Gospel Seven Days a Week

JustLuxe | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts

I jumped at the chance to interview him and chatted with him right after he completely nailed a performance on Saturday Night Live, something he was pretty nervous about having just lost his voice prior.

EXCLUSIVE Song Premiere: iamNateAllen Featured Solo Artist

Melissa Webster | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

Reminiscent of Violent Femmes and Social Distortion, with a little Johnny Cash thrown in for good measure, Take Out The Trash is an eargasm of blues, folk and punk, with soul-wrenching lyrics that remind us of the days when the meaning behind the music actually mattered.

A Weekend in the Cornfield (Reflections on Elsinore and Pygmalion)

Zachariah Ezer | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Zachariah Ezer

The event itself boasted the usual smattering of national acts (in this case CHVRCHES and Panda Bear) supplemented by smaller, local, and regional bands such as Miniature Tigers, Twin Peaks (with whom I also sat down) and of course Elsinore.