The Strafing Run: Having a Psychic Conversation of 20 Questions with Charles Rowell of the Crocodiles

Dayum. Sometimes, life is actually pretty great. I’m talking Cheezeburger great. Hulk bodyslamming Andre great. High Times quality great. Seeing the Crocodiles rock faces off at a hookah lounge with a hundred other freaks is great. Yes, Crocodiles came to little ole State College, Pa to play a wild show at Chronic Town Hookah lounge, […]

Difficult Listening: Associates

For the past eleven years, Seattle’s EMP Museum has hosted the Pop Conference: an annual meeting of music industry professionals, scholars, and fans like you and me. Musicians give keynote speeches, academics and critics discuss everything from hip-hop to K-pop, and best of all, registration is free. Perhaps that’s why this year’s conference, held in NYU in […]

The Strafing Run Samples A Refreshing Parlormint

Well hello there, dearest readers. Last week I had the pleasure of attending a drag party at the Houseasaurus Co-Op, where a bunch of great bands played. Now I wasn’t in drag, mind you (too beardy) and neither were the bands, but it was a fun, wild party with girls dressed as boys, boys dressed […]

The Strafing Run Talks to Lawrence Brown, a Local Musician Finding His Voice

Hi there, bombers! This week, I have a very special interview with a local musician making his way in the musical world. I met Christopher “Lawrence” Brown (he changed his stage name to Lawrence Brown for obvious reasons) a few years ago through his sister. Every time I’d see him, he’d be carrying his guitar, or playing […]

The Strafing Run: Talking to Republicans We Actually Like

Well hello there, dearest readers of mine. I’m back with a new local band I think is worth checking out. In my continuing effort to bring our readers the best independent music State College, Pennsylvania has to offer, I try to catch as many local shows as I can. At one of those recent shows, […]

Part Two: A Look into the Social Media Profiles of Today’s Indie Artists

Last issue featured the first of our six-part social media series as we looked into what makes Twitter important (or not important) for musicians today. This issue, we are covering Facebook as a social media platform for artists. This section must be prefaced with the observation and fact that Facebook has really grown in terms […]

Pussy Riot and the State of Punk Rock

Readers, I have a confession to make. I’m not just a music geek who obsessively researches and writes about post-punk. I moonlight as a Russian literature geek who obsessively researches and writes about lengthy, dense, frequently moralistic novels. So naturally, when I heard about the Pussy Riot trial, I just had to write a response. […]

Difficult Listening: Steve Albini

  The following is a personal essay about former Big Black frontman and super-producer Steve Albini.   During my senior year of college, I earned honors by producing a 25-page collection of original poems. The project began inauspiciously: I wrote a fairly unprofessional project proposal peppered with “Doctor Who” and Velvet Underground references, then, to […]

Tracing the Footsteps of Scott Walker

Scott Walker is a truly atypical musician of our time. Albums like 1995’s Tilt and 2006’s The Drift exhibit a weirdness far more distinct and separate from the forced stylistic oddities associated with most so-called independent and alternative acts of the contemporary scene. His recently announced, as of now untitled record with label 4AD is […]

Cloud Nothings: Original and Never Getting Old, or Memory vs. Slightly Older Memory

Throwbacks to styles of music from previous decades and generations have been toyed with a lot in the past decade within this thing we’re going to call “indie” music. Whereas it can be fun to relive (or live for the first time) something from another time period, emulating a retro style just for the sake […]