Interview with Said The Whale

Hi Tyler!  It’s such a pleasure to touch base with you about your band’s super-enjoyable new album Hawaiii, out on Hidden Pony Records.  What’re the vibes like right now for you and your bandmates?  Where are you in the midst of your East Coast, USA tour? You're catching me in Virginia Beach, VA. Good vibrations at the moment! We're all excited … [Read more...]

Q&A with Metal Mother

Hello Taara!  I’m really enjoying your latest album, Ionika.  You know, I’ve heard *about* you for a while, but only recently checked out your music.  Boy, I’ve been missing out!  I’m enchanted by your sometimes otherworldly vocals and spacious synthscapes.  What has the release of your sophomore album been like for you? Hello! Thank you! The … [Read more...]

Mickey Hart Band – Superorganism

Mickey Hart, drummer extraordinaire of the Grateful Dead, kicks it old school and new on his latest album Superorganism, collaborating with such talents as fellow Grateful Dead member Robert Hunter (lyricist), Sikiru Adepoju (percussionist), Crystal Monee Hall (singer), Joe Bagale (singer and multi-instrumentalist), Greg Schutte (drummer), Gawain … [Read more...]

Interview with Bloody Knives

I heard your most recent EP, Death, on AOL Spinner and was totally blown away by your wild amalgam of sound!  I’m totally into your unique combo of hardcore pace of drum and cymbal bash, expansive astral synth projections, and Preston’s dreamy, buried vocals.  What has the reception been like for your Death EP and why, oh, why is it available only … [Read more...]

Q&A with The Cannanes

Hello Frances!  It’s so good to be able to touch base with you about your recent Small Batch EP and catch up on how you and Stephen are doing.  You’ve been going at it for a long while, first forming The Cannanes in 1984 and then segueing through various incarnations of the band to your current duo status.  What was the spark that ignited your … [Read more...]

Underappreciated Album of the Month: UAM #9 (Pluramon – The Monstrous Surplus, 2007)

With this feature we focus our attention on an album that may not have gotten the recognition and accolades it deserves. It might be a cult hit, a little-known favorite, or an album that is just so great, we feel it needs all of the attention possible. Albums chosen for this feature were released five years ago or more and are chosen at the … [Read more...]

Q&A with Lost Animal

Aloha Jarrod!  Hardly Art released your debut album, Ex Tropical, in the U.S in late January.  Although Lost Animal is your project, you collaborated with Shags Chamberlain, as well as producer John Lee, on your album.  Do you consider Lost Animal to be a duo (or more) or a solo project with ever-changing contributors? It's a solo project with … [Read more...]

Suede – Bloodsports

Hunky-dory Bloodsports heralds the welcome return of British band Suede after an over-10-year absence from the music scene.  Who would have thought that a band that made its name during the heady years of the 1990s, when Britpop ruled the U.K. and indie U.S. airwaves, would make a comeback in 2013? Who would have thought that, after all these … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 EPs

Blood Red Shoes – Water EP http://v2music.com/ http://www.bloodredshoes.co.uk/ Laura-Mary and Steven muddy the waters with a harder, fuzzed-out sound on their latest EP, an emphatic nod to hard rock and garage rock styles.  The inherent exuberance and defiance found on their earlier output is bogged down on Water by a sludgy sonic brew … [Read more...]

Q&A with Daughn Gibson

Heya Daughn!  It’s really cool to get the chance to ask you a few Qs about your debut album, All Hell, and your distinctive vocals and sound.  Your voice literally stopped me in my tracks when I heard you over the loudspeakers in a record store.  I had to find out more about you ASAP.  You released your debut on White Denim in April of this year, … [Read more...]