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Not Bossy, Just the Boss: a Conversation with Speedy Ortiz

Reilly Wieland | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

There are few girl crushed I hold closer than my crush on Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis. From her blatantly girl power lyrics to her no-bullshit attitude and earned MFA in Poetry, she, along with the rest of the band, has proved that Speedy Ortiz is a force to be reckoned with.

A Definitive List of The Best Albums of 2015

Reilly Wieland | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

I've compiled a list of the albums I've enjoyed most this year. I wish you many wonderful record store bargain bin finds in the New Year.

Rozwell Kid Talks Growing Up, Girls and Goatees

Reilly Wieland | Posted 12.31.2015 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

2015 has been a ridiculous year for West Virginia-based band Rozwell Kid. It seems to be just one tour after another for these guys as they progress into different reincarnations of punk and cool.

Who You Should Be Listening to Now: Roosevelt

Reilly Wieland | Posted 12.28.2015 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

After a killer year of touring with bands like Hot Chip, this Germany-based group has proved themselves to be one of the next big things in electron music.

Together Pangea Talks Recording, High School, and Scene Hair

Reilly Wieland | Posted 12.23.2015 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

Together Pangea is formed by the type of boys that you always had a little bit of a crush on in high school: a little bit out there, but bad boy good looking all at once. After a killer record release last year, I had high expectations for the band's newest LP, and was not disappointed.

Jam Out with Your Leg of Lamb Out: How to Have a Liberated Indie Rock Holiday

Jenn Sutkowski | Posted 12.22.2015 | Comedy
Jenn Sutkowski

Don't get caught up in the holiday BS. Live your life like a son of a gun. I know I will. We can take tips from our favorite indie rockers this holiday season. Here are some of my favorites to get you wielding your weirdo power in no time.

Not Another White Guy Indie Band: an Interview With Andrew Jackson Jihad

Reilly Wieland | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

Sean Bonnette and Mark Glick are breaking every rule of the rude, dismissive musician. Both Arizona natives are obviously so passionate about the music they're making, and it shows.

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

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...