Interview: MOURN

Mourn by Sarah Hess

Chicago – In the United States, the last few years the music industry has seen a swell of bands that began when the musicians were still teenagers, recording in their bedrooms and basements, rising from the interwebs, signing with labels, and releasing incredible and creative albums. In Chicago we had The Orwells and Twin Peaks.

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Interview: Max Frost

Max Frost by James Dimmock

Chicago – Twenty-three year-old Austinite Max Frost is no newbie to the music scene. He’s been performing in and around Austin, Texas since he was in grade school, but it wasn’t until he was in college that labels came knocking. Before that hip hop artists were knocking at his door. Though the rocker had long been a

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Meet Meat Wave

Meat Wave by Sarah Hess

Chicago – So far 2015 has been pretty, prettttty, pretty good for Meat Wave. The Chicago punk band signed with SideOneDummy, played Riot Fest, released their sophomore album Delusion Moon, and they just headed off on a three month tour. Not bad, Meat Wave, not bad at all. Meat Wave consists of bassist Joe Gac, drummer Ryan Wizniak, and guitarist

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Getting Cheeky With Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister by Sarah Hess

Chicago – London six-piece Skinny Lister has been winning the hearts of U.K. punks and folk lovers since 2009, but it’s only been the last few years that Dan Heptinstall (guitar), Max Thomas (melodeon & mandolin), Lorna Thomas (lead vocals), Michael Camino (bass), Thom Mills (drums), and Sam “Mule” Brace (guitar, concertina, & mandolin) have been finding

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The Season of Israel Nash


Seattle – With several festivals under his belt this summer (like his stellar appearance at Bumbershoot), Israel Nash is getting ready for a busy fall season. With bandmates Joey McClellan (guitar), Aaron McClellan (bass), Eric Swanson (pedal steel), and Josh Fleischmann (drums) behind him, the singer-songwriter heads out on an extensive tour in support of

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Interview: My Brothers And I

My Brothers And I

Berlin – With the debut full-length album Don’t Dream Alone set to drop on September 18th via Expunged Records, My Brothers and I, who hail from Portland, are on an ambitious jaunt to re-configure the general public’s mind when it comes to music coming from this area of the world. Armed with a formidable knowledge of music

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Getting Down with Black Pistol Fire

Black Pistol Fire

Chicago – Every festival brings a barrage of talented up and coming acts just waiting to be discovered by the masses, and of course music journalists, too. In preparation for Lollapalooza 2015, I did my homework, combing through the the line-up for the “best new bands,” reading bios and listening to YouTube and Soundcloud uploads.

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FIDLAR is Ready to Riot with “Too”

FIDLAR by Alice Baxley

Chicago – Back in 2013, when L.A. punk rockers FIDLAR released their self-titled debut, the foursome quickly built a reputation for partying it up (perhaps a little too hard) and letting loose on stage (never too hard on this end though), making for one of the best live shows around, complete with massive mosh pits

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Talking with Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats by Malia James

Nashville – Nathaniel Rateliff. The name is getting bigger by the day. His new album is pumping life into the Rhythm and Blues section of the record store. A section maybe a little overlooked lately. He and his band, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, just dropped their self-titled album on August 21, and it

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Talking With Tommy of the DMA’s


Chicago – Australia has been pumping out new bands left and right, giving us amazing acts like Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, and The Preatures, just to name a few. This summer another group of Aussies, known as DMA’s, began to take the world by storm, touring throughout North America and Europe, playing pretty much every major festival known to man.

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