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CD Review: Involuntary Memories by Plastic Handgun

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 01.29.2015 | 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 11.27.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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
JustLuxe

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.

This Is The Perfect Song For The Changing Of Seasons

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment

After Copeland's reunion announcement, we finally have the first song from "Ixora," the band's fifth LP, and "Disjointed" proves the band hasn't lost...

Understanding God Help the Girl

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 11.26.2014 | Entertainment
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

When you're at a point of stellar devastation in your life, there's nothing better to do than dance and sing, and look for beauty within the absurd.

FYF Music Festival 2014: Up Close

Lindsey Best | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

The weekend consisted of many different bands ranging from local bands Haim and Joyce Manor, to indie rock staples The Strokes, Phoenix and Interpol, to the reunion of hardcore band The Blood Brothers and the recently reunited predominant shoegaze band, Slowdive.

FYF: Is the Indie Music Festival Really Dead?

Stephanie Lager | Posted 10.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Lager

We've all talked ad nauseam about how music festivals have changed. We've reminisced (and bragged) about the good old days when FYF was at the L.A. Historic Park and before Coachella ever sold out.

Love The Free Presents: Rochelle Jordan, Piu Piu, Dream Koala, and Jungle Pussy

Kitty Cash | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Kitty Cash

After the release of Love The Free Volume II, I wanted to share a bit more insight on the featured artists and their songs. Check out the details from Rochelle Jordan, Piu Piu, Dream Koala, and Jungle Pussy.

Love The Free Presents: Rome Fortune, Kilo Kish, The Trp, Dos Global and Doja Cat

Kitty Cash | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Kitty Cash

After the release of Love The Free Volume II, I wanted to share a bit more insight on the featured artists and their songs. Check out the details from Rome Fortune, Kilo Kish, The Trp, Dos Global, and Doja Cat.

Love the Free Presents: Chargaux, Empress Of, Bipolar Sunshine, Wynter Gordon, Jimi Tents (Sleepercamp)

Kitty Cash | Posted 10.04.2014 | Entertainment
Kitty Cash

After the release of Love The Free Volume II, I wanted to share a bit more insight on the featured artists and their songs. Check out the details from: Chargaux, Empress Of, Bipolar Sunshine, Wynter Gordon, and Jimi Tents of Sleeper Camp.

The Offspring's Smash 20th Year Anniversary Show

Lindsey Best | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

This year The Offspring celebrate 30 years as a band, as well as the 20th year anniversary of their hit album Smash, which, singlehandedly launched them into the craze of MTV and radio play in the '90s.

5 Must-See Indie Summer Concerts in NYC

Lisa Bernier | Posted 09.08.2014 | New York
Lisa Bernier

There's a reason why people always go on and on about summer soundtracks: it's because summer, more than any other season, is about music (especially in New York City).

Craft Beer Chronicles: Silent Partner -- Why You Should Taste This Alt-Beer and Listen to This Indie Album

Tom Conrad | Posted 07.02.2014 | Home
Tom Conrad

A New Record Debuts as a Bottle of Beer It's an alt-beer. It's an indie rock album. It's a daring pairing. When they decided to deliver a new album...