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Interview: Unbuttoned Talks “Liquid”, Composing For Film, & Giving Back

By: Curtis Sindrey – Summer 2017 marks the return of Unbuttoned to the independent music scene as they released their sophomore album, Liquid, on August 8th. Unbuttoned has continued to surprise even themselves in their self-exploration. After their 2014 debut album, Planes, the band spent three years developing what would become their forthcoming LP Liquid. The process found Unbuttoned spending weeks … Continue reading

Interview: Queens of the Stone Age Talk “Villains”, Touring With Iggy Pop, & Defining Success

By: Curtis Sindrey – Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one year-long detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with their seventh album, Villains, out August 25th via Matador. Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the … Continue reading

Interview: Ashlee Juno Talks “24K Magic World Tour”, and Growing Up in Chicago

By: Alyssa Bardol –  Accomplished guitarist Ashlee Juno, who acted as the touring guitarist for Fifth Harmony’s “7/27 Tour”, and now as Camila Cabello’s touring guitarist on Bruno Mars’ ongoing “24K Magic World Tour”, she has a fascinating story to tell. In our new interview, Juno opens up about the feeling when she first picked … Continue reading

Interview: INVSN’s Dennis Lyxzén Talks “The Beautiful Stories”, and the Importance of Women in Music

By: Curtis Sindrey – INVSN’s new album, The Beautiful Stories is a creative construction between five musically seasoned Swedes, notably the duo of frontman Dennis Lyxzén (Refused and (International) Noise Conspiracy) and longtime collaborator Sara Almgren ((International) Noise Conspiracy). Other members of the band contribute solid musical attributes. The propulsive percussion and the literal synesthesia produced from … Continue reading

Interview: Broken Social Scene Talks “Hug of Thunder”, Starting a Band in 2017, & Musical Politics

By: Curtis Sindrey – Beloved indie rock band Broken Social Scene’s new album, Hug Of Thunder is everything BSS fans love from the Canadian collective and then some, an album overflowing with glorious open chords, multi-voice harmonies, spacious psychedelia-tinted breakdowns, and more.  It is a panoramic, expansive album that manages to be both epic and intimate; and like … Continue reading

Interview: Ocean Park Standoff Talks “Good News”, and EPs vs Albums

By: Curtis Sindrey – Each of the artists behind L.A.-based alt-pop trio Ocean Park Standoff comes from a world all their own. A self-taught producer who built his own studio in the basement as a kid, Pete Nappi constructs deeply inventive productions equally inspired by art rock and underground hip-hop. A longtime DJ known for spinning at high-profile gigs … Continue reading

Review: Etymotic ER-20 XS high-fidelity earplugs

By: Curtis Sindrey – Unless you’re a casual music fan who goes to one concert a year, earplugs are essential to the live music experience. Gone are the days of cheap foam earplugs, and in its place are affordable high-fidelity earplugs. With the new ER20•XS earplugs by Etymotic Research, music fans can experience a concert with remarkably clear sound … Continue reading

Interview: Saint Mesa Talks “Beads”, Therapeutic Songwriting, & His Chilean Heritage

By: Curtis Sindrey – Self-taught, alt-pop musician Saint Mesa is back, and has released his new R&B influenced single “Beads,” which featured production by LA duo WHAMS (Jacob Banks, Say Lou Lou), and follows up the Southern Californian’s debut EP, Jungle. In our new interview, Saint Mesa discusses the making of “Beads”, therapeutic songwriting, being from Chile, and more! … Continue reading

Interview: New Found Glory Talks “Makes Me Sick”, 20th Anniversary Tour, and Meeting Tom Hanks

By: Curtis Sindrey – Pop-Punk mainstays New Found Glory are back with their brand new album, Makes Me Sick (out April 28 via Hopeless). Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (MxPx, Anberlin, Acceptance) and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (U2, The Rolling Stones, Blink 182), Makes Me Sick takes risks, introduces new sounds and proves that after 20 years, New Found Glory … Continue reading

Interview: Sumo Cyco Talks “Opus Mar”, Crowdfunding, and Cyco City

By: Lucy Sky – While many fans remember her from her teenage pop career back in the early 2000’s, Skye Sweetnam has since become the lead singer Hamilton-based alt-metal band Sumo Cyco, under the stage name Sever. Sumo Cyco released their second album, Opus Mar, on March 31st via Radio Ghost Music, which they independently crowdfunded … Continue reading