AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MAD HAWKES

  Sitting by the water as she drinks coffee in the brilliant California sun, Maddi Hawkes, who makes her gut-punching brand of pop rock music under the moniker Mad Hawkes, the self-proclaimed beach kid who always has a suit in her car, is contemplating a swim. Los Angeles native Hawkes will release Undone, her new…

“POWERFUL OWL” – NEW ALBUM from BELLE MINERS

Canadian/Australian trio Belle Miners released their debut album Powerful Owl on November 3rd and announced a string of tour dates in Australia in January 2018. The album was made while travelling and performing in Australia, and produced by JUNO award-winner Joby Baker at Baker Studios in British Columbia, Canada. Life-long friends, Canadian musicians Felicia Harding and…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with DONORA

“It didn’t seem different at the time,” says Casey Hanner, vocalist for Pittsburgh-based alt-pop band Donora, who has music in her DNA. “When I was a kid, my dad was doing a lot of jingle work. He had a studio in the basement of our house, always working on music. People would come over and…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SCREAMIN’ JOHN & TD LIND

Life is a funny thing, isn’t it? We make lots of plans, and they rarely work out the way we imagine—the shortest distance between two points is a straight line…but what if the journey is a circle? Case in point—the story of Screamin’ John Hawkins & TD Lind. “In 1992, I was with a label,…

ALBUM REVIEW: “THE WILD” by THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE

Canadian indie-rock band The Rural Alberta Advantage has undergone some changes in tune in the past year with the departure of original band member, Amy Cole, but this loss sure hasn’t knocked them off their feet. Brand-new album, The Wild, perfectly encompasses the evolution of RAA’s sound over the years- blending sophisticated harmonies and intricately crafted…

ALBUM REVIEW: “DEADBEAT GRAFFITI” by BLACK PISTOL FIRE

If you haven’t yet heard of Black Pistol Fire, you should—but even if you haven’t, that probably won’t be true for very much longer. From their energetic festival appearances to the unexpected artistry that you hear on each new release, this Canada-bred Austin, Texas-based duo, composed of guitarist/vocalist Kevin McKeown and drummer Eric Owen, will…

“PLAY DEAD” – NEW ALBUM from MUTEMATH

We’ve had such a crush on alt-rock outfit MUTEMATH since we first heard their adrenaline-surging tune “Spotlight” on the swoon-worthy Twilight soundtrack back in 2008 (thou shalt not judge), and got addicted to their trademark stop-motion music videos. Recently, the seasoned rockers released Play Dead, their fifth studio LP, and it’s nothing short of fantastic. While we’re used…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: PENNY AND SPARROW

At only the second debut of their new album Wendigo, Penny and Sparrow had a crowd full of eager listeners hanging onto every word, harmony, and strum recently at Marathon Music Works. Since the release of their breakthrough album Let a Lover Drown You, the dynamic folk duo has had a faithful following waiting and…

PREVIEW: MY POLITIC ALBUM RELEASE at THE FAMILY WASH on 8/28/17

Nick Pankey and Kaston Guffey, who seem more like brothers than life-long friends, met each other in the Ozark, Missouri middle school equivalent of home economics class. “It was a great class, and of course we met girls,” says Pankey with a laugh. The pair bonded over music in high school, and made basement recordings…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with JASON WILBER

“You can put one of those records on and it casts a magic spell—you can be somewhere else in some other story. It was an escape,” says Jason Wilber, who discovered Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins and Tom T. Hall in his parents’ record collection as a child. From childhood piano lessons and commandeering his…