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LIVE REVIEW: Lydia Lunch Retrovirus @ Rickshaw Stop

The No Wave scene of 1970’s New York City was altogether bowel borne, the sickened spasm of a nihilist made nervous by the violent void of the Lower East Side. It was a pocket of time and space that knew no law nor order. Rather, it was poverty-ridden and putrid, little more than a decaying [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:13+00:00 June 21st, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: St. Vincent @ Express Live!

"Columbus isn't Columbus without you love," Annie Clark sang, opening her 2017 single "New York" cabaret-style, stripped of her guitar, video projections, and samples. "It's called 'New York,'" Clark explained, "but you could substitute Columbus for it, and make your own tune with all of Columbus' beautiful landmarks." The crowd laughed. In 2017, Clark – [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:52+00:00 January 16th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Show Reviews|

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|

INTERVIEW: Wax Idols Redefine Their Happy Ending With New LP

all photos by Kristin Cofer For Hether Fortune of Wax Idols, there’s no such thing as a fairy tale ending. There’s simply life – the bleakest aspects of which have often become fodder for her musical output – and death, the finality of which she’s come to theorize may be the sweetest release. [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:54+00:00 January 11th, 2018|AF Showcases, FEATURES, Interviews, Upcoming Events|

AF 2017 IN REVIEW: The Best Live Shows of 2017

Austra @Warsaw This was my first show of 2017, unless you count sets by Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, and Indigo Girls that dotted the Women’s March on Washington days prior. I may have been late to the game regarding Austra, a beloved Toronto band already two albums into their career, and it wasn’t even their [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:56+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|FEATURES, Show Reviews|

INTERVIEW: How Briana Marela Finds Balance With Music

Catch her at Baby's All Right this Wednesday when she headlines our showcase at Baby's All Right with Gold Child and Wilsen! Photo by Eleanor Petry Seattle often seems like a mystical place for those of us who have never visited: tall trees surrounding a beautiful city on the edge of the ocean. [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:14+00:00 October 31st, 2017|AF Showcases, FEATURES, Interviews, OUT & ABOUT, Profiles, Upcoming Events|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Torres @ The Basement

All photos by Kaiya Gordon As I watched Torres' show last night at The Basement in Columbus, I drafted what I thought might be the opening lines of my review in my head. Before getting to the show, I thought, I felt like I needed to either cry publicly or get in a [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:17+00:00 October 26th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Chelsea Wolfe @ Irving Plaza

If in the past Chelsea Wolfe has been called a “siren” and a “goddess,” atop the stage at Irving Plaza on Tuesday she was a towering banshee. Swathed in lengths of white cotton – with matching, armpit-high gauntlets, might I add – Wolfe commanded the sold-out crowd with pointed intensity. Wolfe's tour comes hot on [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:26+00:00 October 19th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Sean Nicholas Savage & Dinner @ Baby’s All Right

The disco balls were in full force at Baby’s All Right last Saturday, where the night’s festivities could have easily marched under one banner: Night of the Weirdos. That is of course, the highest order of compliments coming from my fingers, and while I knew from firsthand experience what a bizarro Canadian crooner Sean Nicholas [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:27+00:00 October 17th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Dead Leaf Echo @ Knitting Factory

There is no doubt about it – Brooklyn band Dead Leaf Echo’s brand new LP Beyond Desire is a fabulous stew of shoegaze, ’77 punk, pedals and reverb. Released late last week by PaperCup Music, the band’s sophomore album is expertly produced and mixed, resulting in a sonic meal you can really chew on. It [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:28+00:00 October 17th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|