Interview with New Politicians

Heya Renal, Gian, Winston, and Chris!  It’s so cool to have this opportunity to ask you all a bunch of questions about your post-punk sound, new EP Drag A City, and how your musical future is shaping up.  How is everything going for you right now? Hey Jen, we’re excited for the opportunity as well. Everything is going well in our camp. We’ve … [Read more...]

Interview with The Stargazer Lilies

Hi Kim and John!  It’s quite a delight to chat with you about your new band and upcoming debut album We Are The Dreamers.  You’re no strangers to the music scene, since you were both integral members of the dream-pop band Soundpool.  What’s the reason behind your move from Soundpool to The Stargazer Lilies? John:  Hi Jen, the pleasure is ours! … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 Albums and 2 EPs

 Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – You Are Everything Call it music and words; call it magic.  Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy’s third and final album together is everything their collaboration stands for.  The alchemy that exists between the two artists is palpable, and where separately each is mighty (re)fine(d), when combined, their sonic … [Read more...]

Garbage – Not Your Kind Of People

Shirley Manson and the guys (Well, the illustrious Butch Vig, and Duke Erikson and Steve Marker) have rebooted after a 7-year break with Not Your Kind Of People. Released in May on their own record label STUNVOLUME, it plays like ‘Garbage Version 3.0’ with songs that recall, but still hold their own against, the band’s self-titled debut and … [Read more...]

Interview with the Smittens

Hi guys and gals!  It’s the bees knees to be doing this interview with you all as we await with great anticipation the release of your new album Believe Me on July 23rd via Fika Recordings.  You’ve been quite busy bees (Sorry for all the bee references!  I know Holly dislikes bees and I feel the same way about their pointy ends!) over the past … [Read more...]

Interview with Bart & Friends

Hello Bart, Pam, Mark, and Louis – Wow, it’s so amazing to be interviewing you all as the indie super-group Bart & Friends! Before we begin with the Q&A, let me give a brief overview of each of your musical histories for those not in the know: Bart Cummings was in the Australia-based The Cat’s Miaow and Hydroplane, among other bands, in … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Four Albums

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Medicine County The prolific Holly Golightly made a name for herself fronting the British band Thee Headcoatees in the 1990s, released a slew of solo albums, and cemented her cult status with a humorously dryly sly guest duet with Jack White on The White Stripes tune “It’s True That We Love One Another”.  … [Read more...]

Low vs Diamond – s/t

Low vs Diamond, not to be confused with Low, or any number of bands with the word diamond in their name (i.e., My Brightest Diamond, Lavender Diamond, Diamond Nights, Diamond Watch Wrists...) comes across as a smooth, assured blend of bands like The Killers, The Strokes, Lovedrug, The Cinematics, and Del Amitri, cornering the market on polished … [Read more...]

Gregory Paul – This Side of the Ground

  Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Gregory Paul has never been the type of artist easily pigeonholed into a particular sound. His various projects have run the gambit from college acoustic rock to shoegaze and experimental soundscapes to indie-rock and Americana, both in his solo works and recently with the band Autumdivers. … [Read more...]