Album Premiere: Urban Homes, Centres

It’s impressive when a band is able to significantly evolve within its genre over an extended period of time and keep an audience interested, but when the band traverses genres and still preserves its reputation, there’s real promise in the band’s musical potential. There are very few post-punk remnants left in Cologne’s Urban Homes‘ new […]

Western America in Germany with Digger Barnes

There are classic attributes assigned to the “Western” genre in entertainment. Western-themed television shows, movies, and art all tell stories of the 19th century and America’s raw beginnings, replete with war, financial struggle, sickness, and everyday life on the range. With any era and its treasured artifacts, it is generally frowned upon when individuals attempt […]

Berghain Shrines and Purity Rings

The following is a prose poetry narrative inspired by both Purity Ring‘s debut album, Shrines, and a trip I took to Berlin’s infamous electronic music nightclub, Berghain. It seemed apt for Berlin that Berghain was more or less in the middle of the city, yet in the middle of nowhere. The labyrinth of residential streets […]

German Record Label Showcase

Hallo. (That’s how people say “hello” in German.) This article is meant to provide a sampling of information about some of the best labels in Germany. There are small ones and bigger small ones included, but there are no beasts. A beast is a label that makes too much money by ripping people off. There […]

Germany via South Africa with Dear Reader

Dear Reader is a musical act led by the beautiful and gracious Cherilyn Macneil. Macneil’s story is unique; the South African songstress ended up in Berlin after Myspace messaging Menomena’s Brent Knopf with her music, after which he then produced her record and shared it with City Slang Records’ Christof Ellinghaus, and then Ellinghaus signed […]