CMJ FOTOS: Kid Karate, Prides, Orbits, The History of Apple Pie, Islands

It can be easy to become lost in the wave of CMJ Music Marathon concerts that filled venues across New York City from October 15-19, challenging both audiences and performers alike to the ultimate endurance test. It is titled Marathon, after all. But more often than not, becoming “lost” is only part of the experience […]

Syndrome Of Noise – An Interview With Gardland

Sydney’s Gardland seems so exploratory that putting a wayward stamp on what’s being attempted is almost pointless. The team of furious psyche producers Alex Murray and Mark Smith, although young, have coupled together a gnawing early catalog of sounds that come closer to nightmare than accessible. The duo’s first full-length LP, Syndrome Syndrome, follows up […]

A Tame Impala Won’t Bite: Let’s Listen To Lonerism

Australia is a funny place for us Americans. When we think of Australia, we think of dingos, absurdly large knives,  kangaroos, Ugg boots, shrimp on BBQs, men in khaki hunting crocodiles, and the systematic repression of native indigenous peoples (dammit Australia, that’s America’s thing! Get your own style and stop copying). Australia is “upside down” […]

Songs and Stories with Dirty Three

I’m standing in the front row at Neumos, a mid-size music venue on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, wondering why there’s a mic stand on stage. It’s an object that most concert-goers take for granted, marking the place where the lead singer will stand (for most of the performance, at least). But at a Dirty Three show, […]

The Band Saskwatch, Not Sasquatch the Forest Monster

It’s not often we come across an album that can fit so many different moods.  Whether it’s time to wake up, stay up all night, recover from an infamous break-up, or just wind down from a stressful Monday, Melbourne’s powerhouse soul sensation, Saskwatch, manages to pull all of it off in their new album, Leave […]