HIGH NOTES: An Acid Trip on a Third Date, in Music

J and I met on Tinder and developed a relationship equal parts unconventional and beautiful. Our first date was vegan food and a late night beach walk, our second was mushrooms, and our third, perhaps the richest with meaning, was acid. J had a few hits left over from a prior trip, which he was [...]

By |2019-11-04T16:01:43-05:00November 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Shepherds Explore Toxic Nostalgia with “Your Imagined Past” Video

For Atlanta sextet Shepherds, "genre" is a worn name tag hanging on by its last thread as theme and experimentation take prominence, rapidly setting the art-rock group apart in an ever-changing Atlanta market. Since the release of their 2011 debut EP, Holy Stain, the band has been in a state of constant flux as they navigated rapid [...]

By |2019-11-04T16:43:46-05:00November 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

RSVP HERE: A Deer A Horse Play Brooklyn Bazaar + MORE

Welcome to our new weekly show recommendation column RSVP HERE - your source for the best NYC shows and interviews with some of our favorite local live bands. This week A Deer A Horse are supporting The Art Gray Noizz Quintet featuring Lydia Lunch for one of Brooklyn Bazaar’s final shows. The Art Gray Noizz [...]

By |2019-11-08T14:34:13-05:00November 2nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Interviews, RSVP HERE, Upcoming Events|

PLAYING NASHVILLE: Nashville Vinyl Gets to ‘Spin On’ at Showfields in NYC

Nashville and New York City have established a deeper connection by honoring the history of vinyl with a new pop-up store, Spin On: Nashville’s Vinyl Collection. Spin On finds Nashville’s beloved independent record shop Grimey’s New and Preloved Music partnering with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Crop and Showfields to bring vinyl records made by [...]

By |2019-10-31T02:03:52-05:00October 31st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Nashville|

PLAYING THE BAY: Nu Normol Embrace Lo-Fi Sass on no love songs EP

Listening to San Francisco band Nu Normol’s new EP, no love songs, is akin to having a cassette tape slipped through your mail slot. Peel away the Scotch tape and recycled wrapping paper and you’ll know: you’ve been visited by the spirit of DIY rock n’ roll, conveyed in a conveniently-sized rectangle complete with Wite-Out [...]

By |2019-11-13T02:13:57-05:00October 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING CINCY: Jay Hill, JayBee Lamahj & Ronin Halloway Collide on “Babs Forever”

Ronin Halloway, JayBee Lamahj, and Patterns of Chaos alum Jay Hill teamed up on a high-energy single and video called “Babs Forever.” The three Cincinnati emcees spit bars at a fiery pace while maintaining their lyricism over the cascading SmokeFace-produced beat. The video, directed by Bradley Thompson, matches the rappers’ energy with colorful lighting, quick [...]

By |2019-10-30T13:01:37-05:00October 29th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Katie Kuffel Premieres Video for Recovery Anthem “Jelly Donut”

In 2013, Seattle musician Katie Kuffel broke out as a fierce-yet-tender songwriter, with artful piano skills and a husky, blues-imbued voice. She's also made a name for herself as a community builder, organizing the Fremont Abbey Sessions in 2016—a community-driven music and video project—and striving to collaborate with and raise up local talent. Kuffel is [...]

By |2019-10-25T13:08:48-05:00October 25th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

ONLY NOISE: I Can’t Remember All the Shows I’ve Seen. Does It Matter?

A collection of ticket stubs are often more reliable than memories. Photo courtesty of Liz Ohanesian. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Ohanesian wonders what it means when her musical memories start to blur together. My first [...]

By |2019-10-22T03:51:33-05:00October 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

PLAYING PHILLY: Frances Quinlan of Hop Along Releases First Solo Single

Frances Quinlan press photo by Julia Khorosilov. Don't get me wrong: Hop Along is one of the best bands in the business. But what would Hop Along be without Frances Quinlan's distinctly shrill vocals and unparalleled, witty songwriting? On Tuesday, Frances Quinlan announced her first solo record, Likewise, out January 31 on Saddle [...]

By |2019-10-24T02:22:11-05:00October 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Philly|

PLAYING NASHVILLE: Sinclair Premieres “Drop Dead Knockout” Video

Sinclair reaches through the screen with confidence and positive energy in the music video for her song, “Drop Dead Knockout,” premiering exclusively with Audiofemme. Co-written by Sinclair, Nikolai Potthoff and Julia Hugel in 2018 in Berlin, Germany, the unapologetic bop embraces themes of individuality and self-acceptance. The free-spirited video features LA-based choreographer and actress Courtni [...]

By |2019-10-24T01:53:52-05:00October 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Nashville, Premieres|

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