The Music Tapes’ Traveling Imaginary, In Real Life

The Traveling Imaginary came to New York City for a few nights in September and for a few hours the third story of a chapel became a gateway to another world. A place somewhere in the imagination of Julian Koster and The Music Tapes crew, outside of space and reality, where time stood still. A […]

Introducing: New French Act, C.A.R.

Edgy French musician Chloé Raunet is pursuing a new solo project. Since 2006, the supercharged artist has been an accomplished musician as a guest vocalist, writer and arranger, contributing to over 20 recordings. Most famously, she recorded and performed with the London-based electronic duo, Battant.  But in September 2011, Battant’s multi-instrumentalist wunderkind and Raunet’s partner, Joel […]

Looking out of London with Eyes & No Eyes

Living in London, it’s all too easy to be completely cut off from the rest of the U.K. (and even the world) when it comes to broadening your musical tastes. What can exist, you’re left to think, beyond these beautiful tower blocks, dirty streets and questionable public transport infrastructure? Well, truth be told, you’d only […]

A Breakdown of Matt Shadetek’s Empire

You’ll never find Matt Shadetek, producer, DJ, teacher, father, husband, former Berlin ex-pat, and founder of Dutty Artz, sans windbreaker and baseball cap in ­­classic New York street style. Even when it’s 20 degrees outside, his colors show. Shadetek is a proud member of a rare, understated, vanishing tribe; he’s a native New Yorker. One might […]

The So So Glos Reviewed In Several Stages of Sanity

One of the first things The So So Glos did during a show at the Metro in Chicago was to call for a mosh pit. It was a pretty ballsy move for an opening band. Most of the audience that could drink was milling about the bar, others were bobbing their heads to the punk rock […]

In The Dark With The Haxan Cloak

There’s an assumed sigh when the term “drone” comes into play. As a sub-genre, it’s cryptic, off-putting, and faceless. There’s no flash. In fact, drone stands out solely on an aesthetic island for being as anti-flash as humanly expressible. But the passive disinterest misses nuance. Excavation, the newest album from London producer Bobby Krlic, a […]

Nat Lyon’s Paradigm Shift

“Problems do not go away, no matter how hard or desperately we want them to.” This is the first line from Nat Lyon’s press release for his new album, New England Paradigm Shift. It’s a line I keep coming back to as I try to decipher my feelings about this album. On the one hand, […]

Greg Mullen and A Tour of Cosmic America

Greg Mullen snubbed out the joint he’d been smoking just as the bus pulled up. He was wearing a cowboy hat with the sides curled in and big white, heart-shaped sunglasses. He was traveling with only a suitcase and a guitar. High and exhausted, he took his seat and the mystical voice of the bus driver […]

Giving A New Meaning to Drone Wars, Drunken Sufis

The formerly Washington, D.C.-based/currently Brooklyn-based “anti-hypocrisy” punk band, Drunken Sufis has been writing and performing angular songs since 2009. Yesterday the band released its latest album, titled DroneWars (Bad Friend Records). Imagine a futuristic Baghdad, where contractors handle everything. There is no government. No rule of law. No belief system. Only a laissez-faire doctrine that holds everything […]

Bunny’s A Swine Releases A Couple Songs and Teases Us All in Five Minutes

“When the TV’s gone, will you like me better?” Emerson Stevens and Candace Clement question nonchalantly at a fast pace, alongside pleasantly grinding guitar strums with a pinch of twang. “TV” is Side A of Bunny’s A Swine‘s new 7″ release, TR-06-AA, that the Northampton, Massachusetts band recorded, mixed, and produced with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab […]