Broken Water’s Latest Release: Anything but a Traditional “Album”

Olympia, Washington’s Broken Water has been self-releasing music since early 2009. The three-piece outfit has a few EPs, singles, and LPs under its belt, and today, Broken Water is releasing a powerful two-track, 31-minute record called Seaside and Sedmikrásky. The release is an anomaly in today’s music world, as each track is really more of a […]

Getting Drunk on the Best Punk

So let’s talk about cars and girls. Wait, no, the Dictator’s already prompted us to do so. Instead let’s talk about some great punk-rock records that often get glossed over. Sure everyone loves the classics, but classics are often boring and overrated, see Bruce Springsteen’s entire career. I love London Calling, but so do frat […]

Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres: Putting Their Fists Down

Luchador Records is down the street from the MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum where you constantly have to dodge skaters who are making videos, doing tricks off of the entrance’s ramps, staircases and the ample open space of the white stone plaza. More often than not, they’re also smoking weed and drinking a few San […]

Speed Dating with KAKKMADDAFAKKA

People who don’t know the story behind the Norwegian band Kakkmaddafakka (pronounced Kahk-mah-dah-fahk-kah) might enter one of the band’s concerts and be taken aback by the spectacle, on and off the stage. Kakkmaddafakka’s crowd is young, loyal, and wild. They love everything about the band, and at any point in the night when one of the […]

Lotus Plaza and the Liberation of Yellow Balloons

You stand out in the open of a plaza that’s shaped like a lotus, looking at your shoes as you let go of a handfull of yellow balloons. It’s a gray day. So much of a gray day that the sky actually seems to be green. As the bunch of rubber, helium and ribbon transcends […]

The Shy Pursuit of Happiness

Before we were old enough to drive cars, we had bicycles. We didn’t have to worry about parking tickets or whether we had enough fuel to get home. We had no speed limits, just the limit of how far our legs and pedals could take us. There was that certain feeling of freedom that washed […]

The Strafing Run: Dead Channel, Surgical Staff, and Kihap + Loveless Tribute

Hello once again, dear readers. I’ve come back from the wilderness of wonder that is State College, Pennsylvania to tell the interwebs about the most recent Roustabout where Dead Channel, The Surgical Staff, and Kihap put on a great show at The Darkhorse Tavern. The show served as a record release party for The Surgical […]

SoundCloud Superheroes

This article is the first of several that is part of “SoundCloud Superheroes,” where our writers discover new artists they like on SoundCloud and share them with our readers. There are really no boundaries…the music just has to be interesting and fresh. We realize this is a huge SoundCloud endorsement. We like SoundCloud, so that […]

All Hail Seattle’s Absolute Monarchs

Ask a Seattle native to describe the Seattle music scene and you will receive half-a-million different responses, a number representing the approximate population of the city. The thousands of people who crowded into Key Arena, former home of basketball team the Supersonics, to see Macklemore play the Bumbershoot Music Festival would probably portray Seattle as […]

Musical Psychotherapy for Everyone!

There are so many lists out there in the blogosphere for the “coolest new bands” and the “best songs of the year,” but this list is different. This is a list of ten outstanding songs that help us get through what it is that makes being human difficult. February and March were some arduous months […]