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When Push Comes to Shove: Etiquette in the Mosh Pit

The live music experience is a major part of music fandom, and anyone who attends concerts regularly can attest that there's an unspoken sense in the air of how to behave and interact with one another at most shows. In venues of any size, hosting any band, of any genre, there is simple etiquette that one [...]

By | 2018-09-06T15:07:19+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Editorial, FEATURES|

REVIEW: How to Be a Rock Critic

All Lester Bangs wants to do is listen to his favorite record: Van Morrison’s 1968 masterpiece, Astral Weeks. If only he could find his copy. It’s got to be around here somewhere, beneath the splayed magazines, take-out containers, and just a few thousand other LPs. Such is the inciting dilemma of Jessica Blank and Erik [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:52+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Editorial, FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews|

ARTIST INTERVIEW: Monograms Discuss New ‘Silencer’ EP

Originally a solo project created by Brooklyn musician Ian Jacobs, Monograms is now a fully fledged band. Their latest release, Silencer, explores a grittier side of hook-filled pop music by distilling it with elements of lo-fi garage rock. There’s a sense of dreaminess that hangs over the entire EP, akin to looking through the haze of [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:06:58+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Editorial, FEATURES, Interviews, Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Honduras @ Rough Trade

Honduras at Rough Trade. Photo by Ysabella Monton When I make it to Rough Trade well past 9, people are still lingering around for the end of the shop’s day-long event full of performances and DJ sets. At the end of this year’s Record Store Day, Honduras closed out their tour with a [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:07:07+00:00 April 25th, 2017|FEATURES, MUSING, Reviews, Show Reviews|

TRACK REVIEW: Stonefield “Sister”

Life is tough, and sometimes you need a dense track to complement that type of outlook. If you've found yourself in need of this type of song lately, then search no further than Stonefield's track "Sister." It's the perfect descriptor for a quartet of Aussie sisters who have been playing together since the youngest was only seven, [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:07:07+00:00 April 25th, 2017|FEATURES, MUSING, Recent, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Future Islands “The Far Field”

“It’s not easy, just being human, and the lights and the smoke and screens,” sings Sam Herring on Future Islands’ latest record, The Far Field. It isn’t. Our lives are a sloppy amalgamation of highs and lows, love and hate, obsession and apathy. In essence, this record faces this reality head on: it’s a devastatingly [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:07:13+00:00 April 12th, 2017|FEATURES, MUSING, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Vanbot “Siberia”

Vanbot's latest full-length Siberia has arrived, and though it immediately seems like the ultimate relaxation record, it was created by a musician far out of her comfort zone. After getting rid of an entire album because she was unhappy with the end result, Swedish musician Ester Ideskog brought producers Petter Winnberg and Johannes Berglund along on a literal journey; [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:07:15+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Editorial, FEATURES, MUSING, Reviews|

A Female-Fronted Future: Thoughts on SXSW 2017

Snail Mail at SXSW 2017. Photo by Lindsey Rhoades I didn't even have to break out my "The Future is Female" t-shirt to sound the alarm; at South by Southwest last week, the message was loud and clear. In a whirlwind five days, I saw dozens of acts - mostly emerging or signed to small [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:07:30+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Editorial, FEATURES, Reviews, Roadtripping|

EP REVIEW: Roland Tings “Each Moment a Diamond”

True to its title, Roland Tings' newest collection is sparkly and shined to perfection. To create this album, the Berlin-based, Melbourne-native producer worked through an obsessive routine where he repeated the same simple actions every day, like the route he took the studio or what he ate for breakfast. This structure aided the keen editing attention to [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:07:36+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Editorial, FEATURES, MUSING, Recent, Reviews|

How EDM Helped Me Heal from Anxiety

It's June 2016 and I'm testing how low I can get before breaking down. I've worked until midnight and gotten up at four to churn out more writing assignments. Seeking comfort from the stress, I reach for the chips in my cupboard, eat more than I intended, panic, and make myself throw up. Unable to [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:07:37+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Editorial, FEATURES, MUSING, Roadtripping|