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...]

PJ Harvey & John Parish – A Woman A Man Walked By

Polly Jean Harvey and John Parish collaborate for a second time after their debut album Dance Hall at Louse Point, delivering an album that hews closely to PJ Harvey’s lineage.  On A Woman A Man Walked By it sounds as if Polly Jean plucked specific song styles from each of her past PJ Harvey albums, arranging them to sound like her band and less … [Read more...]

Interview with Rykarda Parasol

Hello Rykarda!  You’re fresh off playing an acoustic gig at SXSW and your starkly captivating, self-described “rock noir” sophomore album For Blood and Wine was released this past October.  How was SXSW?  Did you get a chance to catch other artists’ performances? Hello Jen! I did see many bands at SXSW. My favorite was Imaad Wasif from LA. I … [Read more...]

Rykarda Parasol – For Blood and Wine

Singer-songwriter Rykarda Parasol self-produced and self-released her second full-length in the Fall of 2009 and it is a chef d’oeuvre that’s darkly infused with her strikingly foreboding to impassioned, low-range sing-talking vocals and bleak to spirited, poetic lyrics. Rykarda, with her roughly elegant delivery, stalks with deliberate care … [Read more...]