New Music from Chicago: Soft Candy

Alex Brettin, singer and guitarist of Chicago-based band Soft Candy, kind of looks like a Who. Not a member of The Who, although Soft Candy’s roots run deep into the Mod sound, but the actual Dr. Seuss, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” kind of a Who. His mustache is a little wonky and his hair […]

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 good era and its treasured artifacts, it is generally frowned upon when individuals […]

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 […]

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 […]

Barcelona Record Label Showcase

Especially for Barcelona where the music and art scenes can be elusive, it always helps to check out record labels in order to discover new bands and to find interesting places and venues to go to. Barcelona has numerous independent record labels that also manage international artists, as well as some collective labels managed by […]

The Front Bottoms to Cruise Europa with The Menzingers

The “pop-punk” genre is sometimes overshadowed by newer, trendier forms of music today, but the genre is making huge strides in its third decade, with fresh bands vying for an audience that is still very much thriving. One band that is fairly new to the genre is New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms. They are heading […]

Maragitas for Eskimos on the Atoll

After the drums kick in at the beginning of the album Explota El Cuerpo (Blow Up the Body) by the Madrid-based band Margarita, the guitar melody shoots out quickly over a dark night sky with prismatic colors streaming down to Earth from its tail. Stray notes twinkle here and there, passing through stars’ phosphorescence as the shooting […]

Dirty Beaches and the Ashes of Time

He remembers those vanished years as though looking through a dusty window pane. The past is something he could see, but not touch, and everything he sees is blurred and indistinct. These words appear on the screen at the end of “In the Mood for Love,” a film widely considered to be Hong Kong director […]

Old Soul, Young Folk: Willy Mason

It’s a sweltering night in the middle of July in New York City. The narrow and crowded Two Moon Art House & Cafe in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope is hosting a night of folk music. Musician Kristin Andreassen is entertaining a modest audience of around 20-some people, opening for a surprise act that the show’s curator announced […]

German Dream Pop: Me And My Drummer

In order for non-English-speaking bands to be heard and reach audiences outside of their respective countries, they need to have some kind of tangible, universal sound. Unsurprisingly and overwhelmingly, such a musical objective is met when a band writes and plays songs in English. Since its formation, the German band Me And My Drummer has […]

Wake Up to Israeli Suzzys

Not a ton of music emerges from Israel and affixes itself to the international library of indie rock. Perhaps this is because of the whole language thing, but it’s nonetheless frustrating that accessing the Israeli rock scene seems to be pretty difficult. That’s why it’s completely endearing to hear from a good band in Israel […]

How So Many Dynamos Redefined Musical Productivity

So Many Dynamos

How do you define musical productivity? So Many Dynamos has had a busy three years since The Loud Wars was released, though that might not be obvious to casual observers of the band, people who only pay attention to things like record releases and tours. Since releasing The Loud Wars in June of 2009 and […]

Post-Birthdays in Japan [Article in English and Japanese]

When asked how he ended up touring in Japan without a label’s support, American musician Samuel Yager explains simply, “I have a good friend in the U.S. who’s from Japan and worked with a radio station to get me there.” Touring on the other side of the world in a very foreign country without a […]

S ND Y P RL RS, or “Sunday Parlours” Without Vowels

S ND Y P RL  RS (formerly Songs For Sunday Parlours) is the solo project of Berlin’s Malte Cornelius Jantzen. He’s German, but you’d never be able to tell. He writes songs in English that easily fit in with today’s American indie rock scene, sounding something like a male Cat Power, with some Conor Oberst […]

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 […]