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Tarra Thiessen

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Homes Away From Home

After a show in Lawrence, Kansas my old band Ex-Girlfriends pulled up to a random house where we were going to sleep that night. There were garbage bags covering the garage windows, conjuring images of the mutilated dead bodies...

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Getting Organized

  When I grew up dreaming of rockstardom, I never realized how many spreadsheets I would have to make. But they’ve become so indispensable to me that I’ve even named this column in their honor! Below I’ve included the...

NEWS ROUNDUP: Music Lawsuits, New Music from Marianne Faithfull & More

Music Lawsuits Spotity One of Spotify’s former sales executives, Hong Perez, is suing Spotify and her former boss, head of sales Brian Berner, for gender discrimination, equal pay violation and defamation in New York’s Supreme Court. Perez’s complaint accuses...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Girl Gaze “Suddenly”

It’s time to accept this summer’s end with the autumn equinox quickly approaching this Sunday. New Paltz five-piece Girl Gaze, formed out of a childhood friendship between Izzy Deranieri and Michaela Passero in Izzy’s basement during the winter of 2017,...

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Touring Across the Pond

The story goes that Jimi Hendrix was unknown in the States before he traveled to the U.K. It was only after his time across the pond that he returned as our beloved shredding icon. It can happen to you...

VIDEO PREMIERE: Code Anchor “Hoist”

Do you remember a time when bands could pack venues with zero social media presence? That was the case for Code Anchor only 8 years ago, who had a significant following in Long Island, NY before their breakup scattered...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Ecstatic Union “Neurons”

  Neurons are specialized electrically excitable cells that receive, process and transmit nerve impulses. “The neurons that you’re born with are the neurons that you die with,” says the late Terence McKenna sampled in the title track of  Ecstatic...

INTERVIEW: Pecas Glows on Latest LP After Dark

On their third album, After Dark, Brooklyn duo pecas creates a dreamy dance party that invites us to explore our own morbid self-reflections, embrace the darker sides of ourselves, and change our situations in spite of what fate had determined...

NEWS ROUNDUP: VMAs, Nicki Minaj Tour Rescheduled & More

2018 VMAs The VMAs aired Monday night, with Camila Cabello taking home the video for the year for “Havana (feat. Young Thug).” This year had the most high profile celebrity no shows, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Drake, Childish Gambino,...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Big Bliss “Surface”

Earlier this week, Brooklyn’s hardest working post-punk band Big Bliss released “Surface,” the first single from their upcoming record At Middle Distance. Its melodic bass line and swirling jangly guitars create an anxiety-ridden nostalgic fog for the first two...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Bus “Bug Eyed Freak”

    Is the summer heat making you go buggy? I don’t know how the weather has been in L.A., but in New York  in the past few weeks have been hot enough to turn us all into bug...

INTERVIEW: Women That Rock @ Brooklyn Bazaar

Last week on Friday the 13th at Brooklyn Bazaar, Women That Rock put together their first GIG LIKE A GYRL summer extravaganza showcasing women in punk rock & other DIY music scenes, women of color and LGBTQ+ artists &...

VIDEO PREMIERE: Powersnap “Chemistry”

The only thing I remember from high school chemistry class is making ice cream and how a microwave works. I don’t remember any specific purple substances guarded by emotionless 20-somethings wearing black. Like Powersnap front woman Romi Hanoch, I...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Smokescreens “The Lost Song”

Today LA’s Smokescreens release their debut record Used to Yesterday via Slumberland Records. They released this single “The Lost Song,” which was actually a lost demo from the band’s beginnings, earlier this week. Its galloping rhythm, melodic bass, and...

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Lost Boy ? “96”

  Davey Jones, the prolific mastermind behind experimental bedroom pop project Lost Boy ?, put out my favorite new summer jam this week! Listening to “96” after scrolling through too many friends’ family vacation photos and recovering from an ice...

VIDEO PREMIERE: LYONS “Strawberry Moon”

The moon controls the tides of our oceans, and since humans are about 60% water, it makes sense that the moon could possibly be influencing the tides of our minds. According to some astrologists, the full moon’s influence on...

SXSW 2018: Rock or Die V with Little Dickman Records

Chris and Amy Dickman of Jersey Shore Indie label Little Dickman Records have been taking good care of bands in Austin for five years now. Their unofficial events showcase badass touring bands from all over the country as well...

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Surviving SXSW

I’ve been called a masochist for going to Austin, TX’s South By South West festival so many years in a row. SXSW 2018 will be my eighth return trip and this year I’ll be an official artist with all...