Amoral Has Big Stadium Dreams


Amoral is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland, who classify their sound as being “Classic Rock For The 21st Century.” Since the band’s beginning in the late ’90s, their sound has evolved from death metal to more power rock by adding Finnish Idol winner Ari Koivunen on vocals, as well as the evolution of founding

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Having a Good Time With North Highlands


North Highlands, named after the hometown of singer Brenda Malvini, is a Brooklyn-based band made up of transplants. Guitarist Mike Barron, drummer Jasper Berg, bassist Andy Kasperbauer, and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Stewart are all from elsewhere, but their band bases them in Brooklyn. They’ve had a good year, with the recording of their first full length,

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Interview: Shine a Spotlight on Ohbijou


Ohbijou is Casey Mecija, her sister Jenny Mecija, James Bunton, Ryan Carley, Anissa Hart and Heather Kirby. They had me at their song, “Niagara,” and then their dreamy, atmospheric show at The Rock Shop sealed the deal. But in between, I sat down with the sextet before their last show in NYC, who all turned

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Canon Blue’s Whole Other World of Music


Daniel James of Canon Blue Canon Blue is one of those bands that you need to let the music sink in and really permeate to fully appreciate it. Having done collaborations with amiina, Sigur Rós’ string section, and Efterklang, their compositions reflect layered and thoughtful sensibilities, like the kind that are best experienced when you

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