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Magic Man Casts A Spell On Chicago -- More New Bands At Capitol Hill Block Party -- Horse Thief At The Bowery Ballroom -- De Lux Rough Up The Hammer Museum -- 7 New Bands At Pitchfork – Day Three -- The Sea Life - Track Review And Interview -- Live Review - 4Knots Music Festival -- An Afternoon Delight: Ryley Walker Live at West Fest -- Interview: MKTO Bring Their Dreams To Life -- An Interview with Oh Honey + Behind the Scenes Photos --
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Magic Man Casts A Spell On Chicago

Magic Man Casts A Spell On Chicago

28 July 2014

Chicago – The Boston-based Magic Man had already begun to play “Waves” when lead singer Alex Caplow came energetically skipping out on stage. His...

How Do You Feel Joywave? An Interview with Sean Donnelly and Daniel Armbruster

How Do You Feel Joywave? An Interview with Sean Donnelly...

27 July 2014

Chicago – Ready to update your summer playlist? Start with one of the hottest tracks from Joywave: “Tongues.” This New York indie electronic-pop band...

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And...

25 July 2014

New York - On Real Friends' new album, their first full length, the intro/opening track “Maybe This Place Is The Same…” sets the tone....

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Bleachers' Debut Single "I Wanna Get Better" Hits #1 at Alt Radio + Tour Dates

Bleachers' Debut Single "I Wanna Get Better" Hits #1 at Alt Radio + Tour Dates

27 July 2014

New York -  Bleachers' debut hit single "I Wanna Get Better" hits #1* at Alt radio after only 20 weeks on the chart and is the #3 Greatest Gainer. Since its launch in February "I Wanna Get Better" has sold over 200 thousand singles and streamed over 4 million times;...

How Do You Feel Joywave? An Interview with Sean Donnelly and Daniel Armbruster

How Do You Feel Joywave? An Interview with Sean Donnelly and Daniel Armbruster

27 July 2014

Chicago – Ready to update your summer playlist? Start with one of the hottest tracks from Joywave: “Tongues.” This New York indie electronic-pop band melds punk, funk, house, and hip-hop on the irresistible How Do You Feel? EP.  Back in 2011, the band sprung onto the scene...

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing

25 July 2014

New York - On Real Friends' new album, their first full length, the intro/opening track “Maybe This Place Is The Same…” sets the tone. Primarily instrumental, with only a line or two of vocals, it introduces the themes of change and interpersonal relationships. The album isn’t simply...

Album Review: When I Was Younger by Colony House

Album Review: When I Was Younger by Colony House

24 July 2014

New York - After Franklin, Tennessee's CALEB reinvented, renamed and re-imagined themselves to create Colony House, band members Caleb Chapman (vocals), Scott Mills (guitar) and Will Franklin Chapman (drums) released their debut, When I Was Younger, off of Descendant Records. A lengthy fourteen tracks long, the album...

Rey Pila Announce Interpol Tour And Austin City Limits Festival

Rey Pila Announce Interpol Tour And Austin City Limits Festival

24 July 2014

Los Angeles - Rey Pila has announced they will be supporting Interpol on their upcoming tour, starting September 15 in Vancouver, BC and have been added to this year's incredible Austin City Limits Festival line up. The Mexico City quartet released a new track, "Blast", earlier this month, in conjunction...

Tame Impala Release "Live Versions", A 9 Track Live EP

Tame Impala Release "Live Versions", A 9 Track Live EP

23 July 2014

Los Angeles - Tame Impala has released Live Versions, an album of songs selected from a 2013 Chicago Tame Impala concert on Interscope Records. Chief songwriter Kevin Parker chose the 9 tracks for the record based on how different the live versions are from the album versions....

Tiny Ruins Announces Fall Tour With Sharon Van Etten – Premieres Video

Tiny Ruins Announces Fall Tour With Sharon Van Etten – Premieres Video

23 July 2014

Los Angeles - New Zealand singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook is currently on tour in North America, playing songs from her new album Brightly Painted One, out now on Flying Nun Records. NPR premiered the video which was shot, directed and even edited by Neil Finn while the two were touring together...

No Family Is Safe When I Sashay – Perfume Genius

No Family Is Safe When I Sashay – Perfume Genius

22 July 2014

New York - Perfume Genius is the moniker of Seattle’s own singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas. Since his debut, this soloist’s tracks have crashed through playlists with unforgiving, tidal might. But Hadreas’ power is neither loud nor sonically invasive. Rather, his work carries a message that’s both apt and...

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Sleeper Agent and Ben Kweller Rule the El Rey

Published in Live Reviews
Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:14
Alright, I'm gonna come out and say it: Sleeper Agent is hot.  They've recently released their first kick-ass album, Celebrasion, they just played Coachella, they're in the middle of touring their sweet Kentucky faces off, and, thanks to the band's ruthless energy, they make it seem pretty effortless.  Now that that's out, I have another confessi...

New Bands To See At Coachella: Sleeper Agent

Published in Festivals
Thursday, 05 April 2012 17:49
Ok, I'll be honest. I'm a little bitter about not going to Coachella this year.  Having gone the past two years, I'm no stranger to that pre-Coachella feeling: in a few weekends I'll be yearning for the desert sun, the overpriced food, the kick-ass people, and, most importantly, the kick-ass music.  So, while I'm busy resenting enthusiastic Faceb...
In case you didn't read my review of Brian Lopez's recently released album, Ultra, go now, oh foolish one, and read it.  There. Well done. Thus, in case you didn't notice, Brian Lopez is, indeed, awesome. And now, as you arrive at the top of this interview, you, in the privacy of your own mind, are tirelessly thanking me for bringing you more abo...

Album Review: RACES, Year of the Witch

Published in Album Reviews
Monday, 26 March 2012 23:58
Los Angeles band RACES is hitting the scene with their first full-length album, Year of the Witch. Formed in 2009, RACES have distinguished themselves through their alternative, orchestral, rolling melodies and awesomely spastic moments of fuzzed-up, garage instrumentals. This LP is the follow up to their Big Broom EP and limited edition 7” feat...

See Yellow Ostrich at the Bootleg Theater Next Week

Published in Previews
Monday, 12 March 2012 14:10
Yellow Ostrich will take on Los Angeles (fresh off SXSW) next week with their show at the Bootleg Theater.  If you haven't heard of Yellow Ostrich, know that they're much more cool cat than big bird; that is, their music is innovative and interesting--expect a unique use of of vocals and strangely catchy rhythms over a bright, indie-garage sound....

Album Review: Brian Lopez - Ultra

Published in Album Reviews
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 00:23
Brian Lopez, a soulful, curly-headed, Tucson-raised singer-songwriter has made his way on to my music radar and left a great first impression with his first solo, full-length album, album, Ultra.  Branching out from his role as the leader of experimental three-piece group Mostly Bears (which, according to Wikipedia, [awesomely] sounds like "Radio...