The Strafing Run: Sandusky’s A Mo, But the Show Must Go On

Hello again, dear reader. Oh, how I’ve missed you. But I’m back to talk about something I really don’t feel like writing about, but I gotsta. Gotsta, because if I’m going to tell you all about the State College Music scene (and I will,) I have to get a huge elephant out of the way. […]

iPhone Songs with Peter Wyeth

Once we enter our twenties and commit to full-time “adult” lives, many of us adapt to a busy static that distracts us from life’s simple pleasures like reading, biking, or enjoying nature in general. This tends to happen more in city environments when people are surrounded with pavement and metal, pavement and metal. But somewhere […]

Spitzer Space Telescope Invents His Own Video Language

Dan MacDonald masquerades around the US as Spitzer Space Telescope. He’s an artist born in the Midwest, but he went to school in Boston and currently lives in Portland. For 2012, the one-of-a-kind folk singer has come up with a creative (one might even say revolutionary) new way to present his music. The Telescope’s first full-length […]

New Canyons’ Debut Record

Every now and then 80s-influenced throwback albums pop into the indie spectrum, like the recent work from Handsome Furs, Goldfrapp, and the soundtrack to the new film, Drive. The choice in composition is usually either a result of the nostalgic love for the era’s sound, or a distaste for modern-day indie pop. Chicago’s New Canyons, […]

City Profile: Sheffield, England

A festival funded by spare change, pubs that spin the same vinyl they did in the 60s, local artists who manage to bring the same quintessential cheekiness to a variety of genres; the music scene in Sheffield, England has an identity all its own. I should begin this profile by confessing a shameless bias towards […]

Cate Le Bon’s Circus

Cate Le Bon is a peculiar, curious sort of character. She’s hard to pin down, or place neatly into a calculated, categorized box. It sounds like a problem, but it really isn’t. Actually, it’s a blessing and somewhat of a rarity. She’s just different. There are gaggles of musicians and bands playing songs to the […]

Youthful, Fresh Pop from Hamburg

Germany’s music scene doesn’t only consist of Rammstein and Tokio Hotel–there is also a reputable indie music scene. Hamburg-based newcomer-band In Golden Tears is one of the most current examples. They’re a youthful, poppy dance band that’s very in-tune with the modern world of music, resulting in sold-out European shows and opening slots for bands […]

New Electronic Music from the UK: Raffertie

  “Raffertie” is one of the new buzz names out of London. The name belongs to a fresh 24-year-old electronic musician, Benjamin Stefanski. He’s a musician who takes the industry seriously, armed with a degree in classical and contemporary music composition from Birmingham Conservatoire and a handful of acclaimed releases under his belt. When asked if […]