Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Welcome Lack of Personality

When reviewing a band you feel like everyone else knows and loves–and has done for a very long time–it’s hard to find anything new to say about them. Sure, you can describe their music with a thesaurus to hand, or relay your live experience via the edgy medium of Haiku*, but you’re not really going […]

A Night in London with Josh Flowers and his Wild Company

Dimmed lights and low ceilings awaited as I walked into one of London’s tightest venues with a hundred of its hipster elite. We were assembled at Off Broadway, one of East London’s trendiest if best-known bars, to catch some of the city’s recent folk children: Josh Flowers and The Wild. It was the opening night […]

Brighton’s Lost Toys Settled in A Beautiful Countryside Park

For Londoners, a cherished day off has always been a trip to Brighton. England’s favorite day-tripping resort offers tourists a pebble beach, glittering arcades, seedy bars and lively “Lanes” packed with curiosity shops and bric-a-brac stalls. Brighton is also known as “the gay capital of Britain” and has a rich LGBT community. Brighton is home […]

Pretty in Punk: The Pretty Things, more Punk than “Punk”

The term “punk rock” gets thrown around with such frequency that its meaning is now effectively vague. The term has been despoiled by idiots and charlatans over the years. But to be sure there are certain qualities associated with the platonic “punk rock,” and in retrospect many bands from the pre-punk era embody these elements, […]

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 it’s […]