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, […]

Maria Rodés has Triangle Dreams

Maria Rodés’ voice comes through her music like a morning dove on a vintage 1920s radio. The acoustic guitar and Spanish lyrics conjure a concert in a dusty park’s gazebo somewhere in Spain, but the experimental decorations littered throughout the music has an irrevocably contemporary air. The nylon string guitar, piano riffs, and Rodés’ lullaby vocals are accompanied […]

In the Belly of A Whale in Brooklyn

Walking into the belly of a whale would likely be a frightful experience full of intestinal ooze and devoured fish. But listening to Brooklyn, New York’s Whale Belly is like walking outside into a corn field on an early fall day. There are winding, beaming guitar riffs, powerful, full-ranged vocals, and a violin that creeps in […]

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, […]

Blues Holed Up In Blackburn

I’m still trying to count how many holes there are there in Blackburn, Lancashire. I am not sure the authorities have done much to reduce the pot holes on the Devil’s Highway (the A666) since The Beatles sang about the holes on “A Day in the Life” in 1967. The bumpy road leads into Darwen, […]

Ty Segall Makes Us Feel Lazy by Releasing Third Album This Year, Twins

I mean, seriously Ty Segall. We get it. You’re a rising badass star musician laying down killer riff after killer riff, leaving smoking craters of rock destruction in your wake at show after show. You’ve cast a wicked, twisted shadow over the rest of the indie music world by making uncompromisingly powerful music that is […]

Chasing Owls All the Way to Edinburgh

It’s a clear day in Edinburgh, Scotland and Ben Sunderland is sitting atop the rich-green Calton Hill, piecing together lyrics for a new song. The view from the hill provides a vast panorama of the entire city, its ruins, its bustling coffee shops, the ocean… Edinburgh is known for its beauty and history, but not […]

Introducing A Couple Canadian Acts from PBR

Indie-powerhouse Paper Bag Records (PBR), who just recently had their ten-year anniversary, is home to some groundbreaking bands from Canada. PS I Love You and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are two great examples of this phenomenon in Toronto. Both formed over the last six years and each have been at conquest with Canada and beyond ever […]

Celebrating the Superb Lyricism of WHY?, PART III

This review of WHY? lyrics wraps up our three-part series on the band’s excellence in writing and rhyming.  I’m not going to spend the length of this article deliberating on whether Pitchfork’s arbitrary, if not all together misguided, 2.8 limits the credibility of WHY?’s newest release, Mumps, etc. The album exists because de facto leader Yoni […]

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 […]