NEW MUSIC FRIDAY!

Air Traffic Controller—Echo Papa EP There’s something so refreshing about bigass banging anthems, and Boston’s Air Traffic Controller knows exactly how to make ‘em. Their latest release, Echo Papa, follows up their acclaimed 2016 album Black Box, and features seven ocean-sized and electrified fist-pumpers that will not only make you move, but might also make…

“TORPEDO” – NEW VIDEO from THE OBGMs

THANK THE GOOD LORD for Canadian punk quartet The OBGMs, their ferocious single “Torpedo,” and its accompanying mind-bending new video–a life-preserver thrown into the midst of the pop music ocean we’re drowning in over here. We’ll forever be grateful to The OBGMs for this heroic endeavor. “Torpedo” is the first single off of the band’s debut album…

#tbt: CAGE THE ELEPHANT at BONNAROO

Sometimes the most memorable shows from a festival are the ones that offer an unexpected surprise–not to imply a lack of high expectations going into Cage The Elephant’s 2017 Bonnaroo set. Being a Cage live show veteran, I thought I knew what to expect, but Cage muscled out a new level of energy for their…

“CALM DOWN” – FREE DOWNLOAD from LONE KODIAK

Long before East LA’s newest indie power trio became Lone Kodiak, singer/guitarist Dainéal Parker and bassist Daniel Alden were in a Portland band called Emberghost. Having risen to the upper ranks of a crowded PDX “post-hardcore” scene with their aggressive mix of anger and sorrow, Emberghost reliably sold out large venues like The Roseland and earned…

TRACK-BY-TRACK with TWO CHEERS

In 2015, Bryan Akcasu, the creative force by alt-pop project Two Cheers (and pizza chef extraordinaire), was in transition. In the midst of releasing a brilliant sophomore album, Splendor, the Los Angeles-based Akcasu packed his bags, drove cross-country, and put his kickstand down in his home state of Michigan. After lineup changes, personal tragedy, and…

PREVIEW: THE QUIET HOLLERS at THE BASEMENT on 6/30/17

Louisville’s beloved post-punk outfit Quiet Hollers, who toured for the greater part of last year, and who will appear at Nashville’s The Basement on Friday, June 30th, will release their new album, Amen Breaks, on  July 7th via sonaBLAST!. In keeping with frontman Shadwick Wilde’s penchant for double and triple entendres, the record’s title has…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: PICKWICK in PORTLAND!

It was a sultry night last Saturday, as the temps climbed into the upper 90s, unusual for those of us here in Portland, Oregon–but unbeknownst to the passersby, the Doug Fir Lounge was hot inside as well – not for lack of A/C, but because Seattle’s Pickwick played a show that set us all on…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with PICKWICK

I’ll never forget when I first heard “Hacienda Motel,” the breakout hit from Can’t Talk Medicine, the debut album from Seattle-based Pickwick back in 2013; frontman Galen Disston’s soulful vocals carried on a retro-infused layer of reverb-y goodness made that track virtually strut right out of the speakers. I was hooked. Since then, we Pickwick…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with FIONA SILVER

Big Apple-born and bred rocker Fiona Silver will release her debut album, Little Thunder, on June 23rd.  Little Thunder is the hard-working free spirit’s first cohesive body of work, and features seven songs of smokey-voiced swagger and sass with a vintage sheen. “For this record, I was really drawn to the sounds of the 60s…

#tbt: BONNAROO SUPERJAM!

Half party and half concert, SuperJam is always one of the most anticipated events on the Bonnaroo lineup.  The 2017 version carried even higher expectations as it was curated by the iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  Billed as The Soul Shakedown, the Superjam pulls together an eclectic range of talent from across the festival’s many…