New EP from L.A.-based singer-songwriter Vince Grant

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Vince Grant is the rare musician who openly addresses his depression and mental illness by diving deeply into his experiences on his heartfelt and rousing debut EP, My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me.  For Vince, songs such as lead single “Melancholia” serve as both a revealing personal journal and a form … [Read more...]

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – Songs from the Real World Vol 2 (Commissioned Songs)

Steve Kilbey (of The Church) and Martin Kennedy (of All India Radio) have teamed up again, producing a 2nd batch of warm and enjoyable commissioned songs, each crafted to the thematic specifications of the client.  The lyrics and tone of most of the tunes emphasize the joy and fulfillment of familial bonds and human connection.  Relationships of … [Read more...]

Q&A with William Gruff

Hi Matt!  I’m really enjoying all 6 songs on your band’s Binghamton EP which was released on October 12th.  Who is currently in the band and what do you each play? I play acoustic guitar, Vince Federici plays electric guitar, Charlie Heim is the drummer, Will Tobin is keys, and Julia Adamy is on the bass. I sing lead and everyone does backing … [Read more...]

New Music Spotlight #4

Metal Mother – Ionika Taara Tati, the creative visionary behind Metal Mother, released her sophomore album, Ionika, on her own record label, Post Primal, in mid-April.  Her moniker ‘Metal Mother’ is misleading on the surface because the word ‘metal’ doesn’t refer to a music genre, but instead refers to the strength it takes to be a maternal life … [Read more...]

Interview with Rykarda Parasol

Greetings, Rykarda!  I’m not sure where in the world you are at the moment, but I hope all is well with you.  It’s so good to be in touch with you again after first interviewing you in 2010 for this site.  Your latest album, the masterful, arresting, and personal Against The Sun, has an April 15th release date for Europe and possible distro in the … [Read more...]

Rykarda Parasol – “I Know Where My Journey Will End” video

Rock-noir singer-songwriter Rykarda Parasol returns this April with her new album titled Against The Sun. “I Know Where My Journey Will End” will be featured on this album and it’s a subdued stunner with a dreamy video directed by M. Marzio to match.    The video simultaneously projects a haunting, vespertine ambience befitting the song and tempers … [Read more...]

Annie Automatic – “Call Me Crazy”

French and company are back with the lead-off single from their upcoming EP titled Songs From The Center.  The L.A.-based alt-rock band released rockin’ debut album Don’t Look Down in the summer of 2011, but this new song showcases Annie Automatic’s softer and sweeter side.  While “Call Me Crazy” is definitely a 180 from the rock format, it’s just … [Read more...]

Ruby Throat – O’ Doubt O’ Stars

The U.K.-based, alt-folk noir pair of KatieJane Garside and Chris Whittingham is back with a third album of sonically subtle, yet emotionally acute reflections and reveries.  The minimal arrangements of Chris’s guitar-craft and KatieJane’s airy, imploringly wistful vocals give the evocative (sometimes bleakly, sometimes hopefully) lyrics maximum … [Read more...]

Sarah Nixey – Brave Tin Soldiers

Sarah Nixey made a name for herself in the late 1990s and 2000s as the lead singer of U.K. band Black Box Recorder, alongside Luke Haines (of The Auteurs) and John Moore (of Jesus And Mary Chain).  In 2007 Sarah released her debut solo album, Sing, Memory, an alluring collection of dance pop and icy torch ballads graced by Sarah’s distanced and … [Read more...]

Kathryn Williams – Relations

Indie-folk, singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams released this self-produced album of covers this past autumn on One Little Indian. Kathryn has a light, warm touch where the bittersweet to melancholic lyrics of other artists turn sweeter and hopeful, and the resulting batch of songs is pleasant, but lightweight in tone.  Spare, picked acoustic guitar … [Read more...]