• Lex Leosis: “This is a fully-healed version of myself.”

    “I was a tomboy growing up, and that’s starting to become cool again, but when I was growing up, it wasn’t,” says queer alt-hip hop artist Lex Leosis, laughing.  “I mean, I’m 6’2’’, so it was always hard to find clothes that fit anyway, but I’ve started focusing on...
  • Within Temptation Talk Performance

    Always at the cutting edge of progressive performance spectacles, Dutch symphonic metal juggernaut Within Temptation recently put on what could possibly be the most epic live show we see in 2021… On July 15th and July 16th, the band performed The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality,...
  • FEELS Get a Little Dystopian

    “I think coming from the last year and a half of this crazy stuff, spending time rehearsing and writing, we definitely have magical moments together where you really feel like, ‘This is why we started doing this in the first place’,” says Michael Rudes, drummer of LA alternative rockers...
  • May Rio on “Stay[ing] open, and a little bit confused.”

    Earlier this week May Rio (of Poppies) released a music video for “Reservations,” a morosely quirky ballad about being smitten with a recovering junkie.  The video, directed by Michael Jenson, was rendered on Mario Paint and edited on VCRs.  The audiovisual combo is a poignant reminder of the early-mid...
  • Frances Lion Talks Linda Perry, Home, and T-Shirts and Fishnets

    Last month a new partnership between legendary songwriter and producer Linda Perry and Repost released its first single, “Home,” by British singer/songwriter Frances Lion.  The song is a bold folk anthem recorded during lockdown and inspired by Lion’s hometown of Hampshire, England.  It was produced by her own brother...
  • Yours Truly: “We never want to be predictable.”

    Earlier this month our favorite Australian pop-punks surprised us a little bit with “Walk Over My Grave,” their first single since their debut LP.  The track has the band sounding a little heavier and more aggressive than we’re used to, in addition to donning darker and angstier duds (Think...
  • Pageants on “music that feels like us.”

    Someone needs to make summertime jams for the indie kids… Fortunately, Pageants’ upcoming sophomore LP, Sun and Settled Days, is full of them.  The second full-length from the Long Beach duo, comprised of partners Rebecca Coleman and Devin O’Brien, is a collection of sun-soaked, surf-friendly garage rock gems… which...
  • Gone Gone Beyond and “psychedelic spirituality”

    “I think the album noticeably doesn’t follow any genre.  The binding thing is the spirituality of the music.  The psychedelic spirituality brought us all together,” says Danny Musengo of Gone Gone Beyond, whose sophomore album, 2030, dropped last month.  The album’s title is a reference to a period in...
  • Chelsea Collins: “I’m just a sad kid making music in my room.”

    “I always try to look like a schoolgirl version of Harley Quinn.  I actually get most of my fashion inspiration from fictional characters,” says Chelsea Collins.  Upon first glance, Chelsea Collins resembles a cross between an icon of TRL and the starlet of a ‘60s exploitation film.  Her sex...
  • Lauren Jenkins on Independence and Getting Back on the Road

    “It really means more than I can express every time someone plays one of my songs for someone, whether they’re buying it or streaming it.  That puts gas in my tank,” says Lauren Jenkins.  Jenkins is a heartland rocker who seems to live the life of an always-impeccably-styled Americana...
  • Get to Know Leah Blevins’ Twenties with First Time Feeling

    “It’s vulnerability at its finest,” says Nashville-based Americana singer/songwriter Leah Blevins of her debut album, First Time Feeling (She’s chatting with me via phone from her Florida vacation.)  The album is out August 6th on Thirty Tigers, although Blevins has been on the scene and making music for quite...
  • Typhoid Rosie: “We’re not doing it for the 1/300th of a cent on Spotify”

    “3,000 times a day these commercials are basically calling you ugly.  They have everyone feeling bad about themselves and I don’t think that’s fair… I want people to be able to love themselves,” says Rosie Rebel, frontwoman of Brooklyn punk rockers Typhoid Rosie.  She’s discussing the band’s latest single,...
  • Lisa Crawley on Living in America and Looking For Love

    Although Lisa Crawley may not quite be a marquee name in America, there’s a reasonable chance that you’ve heard her music featured in shows like Nancy Drew, Good Trouble, and Stumptown in recent years.  However, the New Zealand-born indie pop singer/songwriter, who recently relocated to Los Angeles, has been...
  • Ashley Jordan on What’s Great About Country

    “I’m really real in my music.  I’m very honest and I just love to share stories.  That’s the great thing about country.  We’re not sugar-coating anything.  We’re into telling real stories and being down to Earth with things.  We’re like, ‘Let’s talk about it! Let’s sing about it!’ That’s...
  • Lizzie & The Makers on Authenticity, Sophomore Albums, and David Lynch

    “If we were one of the bands playing in Twin Peaks, this would be the sound,” says Lizzie Edwards, frontwoman of Lizzie & The Makers, of their forthcoming sophomore LP, Dear Onda Wahl.  Lizzie’s chatting with me via phone from a coffee house in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  She tells...
  • Make Them Suffer’s Nick McLernon Talks Survival

    How to Survive a Funeral, Australian symphonic metalcore outfit Make Them Suffer’s fourth LP, dropped last June, just in time for the band to spend a year inside… However, during a recent chat with guitarist Nick McLernon, he tells me that, despite the circumstances, the album was far-from lost...
  • Aubrey Haddard on Influences

    “If I could ask something of any listeners, it’d just be to keep an open mind.  Leave your expectations at the door.  And I’d say that about any music, not just my own,” says Aubrey Haddard.  Haddard is not your everyday Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter.  “I do love movies.  Jean Cocteau,...
  • Emily Davis Talks YouTube, Bad Religion, and Getting “Authentically Rowdy”

    With song titles like “Artificial Happiness,” “God Hates Flags,” and “Eden is the Worst,” Emily Davis and The Murder Police aren’t exactly subtle about their politics…  The El Paso band’s sophomore LP, Never A Moment Alone, released June 25th, tackles issues such as climate change, potential dystopias, and toxic...
  • LACES Talks the Decade of Chokers, Furbys, and Buffy

    Jessica Vaughn, better known as LACES, seems to have come full circle with her latest single, “Almost Happy,” which dropped late last month.  The track, an homage to the 1990s, has the singer/songwriter/record label owner joined by Butch Walker, who took her out on her first tour well over...
  • L’FREAQ: “I want people to know, ‘You can be your wild, authentic self!’”

    “I’m obsessed with FKA Twigs.  I’m obsessed with anything that’s inspired by goddess imagery, feminine empowerment, kink culture, anything subversive.”  Lea Cappelli, better known as L’FREAQ, is describing her sartorial style, but the characterization could just as easily apply to the sentiments of her music itself.  “I think it’s...
  • Ariel Bellvalaire Wants to Bring Shrednastics to a Town Near You

    “For me really, I just fell into music by accident.  I was a gymnast first, which is where ‘Ariel’ came from, and then I wanted to be Avril Lavigne, so the guitar just fell into my lap,” says the exceptionally enthusiastic Ariel Bellvalaire during a recent phone chat.  The...
  • Lucy Dacus’ Home Video and 10 More Gems from Matador Records

    This Friday, June 25th, sees the release of Lucy Dacus’ third LP, Home Video, courtesy of Matador.  The album chronicles the existential ins and outs of Dacus’ formative years in Richmond, VA.  Her fourth and latest single, “Brando,” tells the tale of a high school friend obsessed with Old...
  • VENUES, The Next Chapter

    This Friday German post-hardcore outfit VENUES released the fourth entry in their comically gory Rock N’ Roll zombie saga with videographer Marius Milinski.  The video is for “Mountains,” the fourth release off of the band’s upcoming sophomore effort, Solace, due out August 27th.  Following the release of their 2018 debut,...
  • Jenna Kyle: “I’m looking to create a space to let go.”

    Upon seeing Jenna Kyle’s recent video for “Tell Me,” any former goth teen won’t be able to help conjuring comparisons to Depeche Mode’s Anton Corbijn collaborations.  The hyper-moody banger is equally suitable for midnight epiphanies and moderately-irresponsible nightclubbing.  And the accompanying music video, directed by Jay Harwood, has the...
  • Kate Vargas: “Authenticity is something I’m sort of obsessed with.”

    A girl has a strange experience writing a song inspired by Newton’s 1st law on Jackson Browne’s guitar in Kid Rock’s old house…  While that sounds like the plot to a modern psychedelic exploitation film that would play as part of a midnight double-feature with Beyond the Valley of...
  • I M U R, “Shitty is Pretty”

    Vancouver’s self-described “genre-blending make-out music-making trio” I M U R recently released music videos for singles “Case of You” and “Sad Girls Club” that resemble Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s highly stylized explorations of teenage wildlife.  So, it’s not surprising that during a recent chat producer/multi-instrumentalist Amine Bouzaher tells...
  • Buckcherry: “Rock hasn’t been dangerous for a long time now.”

    “I mean we’ve been around 22 years now, so there are people who’ll bring their kids now,” says Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd.  Buckcherry are currently on the road, supporting their forthcoming ninth studio album, Hellbound, which hits shelves June 25th. When their self-titled debut LP and hit single “Lit...
  • No Joy: “I really don’t sit around spinning the My Bloody Valentine discography on rotation.”

    Earlier during the pandemic, shoegaze savant Jasamine White-Gluz, the brainchild behind No Joy, released Motherhood, the first No Joy album in five years and their most eclectic and surprising yet.  The album; which was released via Joyful Noise and received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The FADER, and...
  • Diamante Talks Taylor, Touring, and Ti… COVID

    “It’s funny because they call your second album ‘the sophomore slump’ because it’s the album that makes or breaks you, which is true!”  24-year-old, blue-haired, usually-leather-clad, chanteuse Diamante is reflecting upon the classic concerns associated with second albums in light of her own sophomore LP, American Dream, which dropped...
  • lùisa: “Third albums are always the best.”

    Ironically, lùisa’s third LP, New Woman, actually has the German singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist exploring a bevvy of vintage sounds.  The album, which deals with female-oppression-turned-empowerment on both a personal level and a sociopolitical level, borrows sonic sentiments from a lot of the best intellectual pop of the 1980s, making...
  • Welcome to Planet X: Emma Danner Talks Red Ribbon’s Sophomore LP

    “Music turns my pain into a process. There is peace and healing to be found in the process,” says Emma Danner in her latest press release.  Better known as Red Ribbon, Danner is referring to her second LP, Planet X, which drops this Friday, June 11th.  The album, which comes courtesy...
  • Kaylee Elizabeth Talks About her Latest “healing balm, prayers, and reflections.”

    Although Kaylee Elizabeth’s debut album is just dropping this Friday, June 11th, the Seattle-based singer/songwriter is not exactly new to music.  Kaylee is one-half of sister-brother folk duo The Native Sibling.  After the band’s last album, 2019’s Hammer is Heart, Kaylee began working on songs that were a little...
  • Indigo Sparke: “I’m trying to be present in the moment right now.”

    “The album was inspired by spending a lot of time in the desert, spending so much time in movement across the country, and being in a kind of particular poetic, existential state at a reflective time,” says Indigo Sparke of Echo, her debut LP, which was released this February...
  • Heartaches? Band of Silver May be Able to Help You Keep the Faith

    Sibling trio Band of Silver is doing classic pop rock better than anyone I’ve heard in quite some time.  Their music embodies all of the best elements of classic teen Cry-Rally-Dance anthems, combining the playful pomp of the ‘80s with the sympathetic sass of the aughts.  The band released...
  • The Dead Deads Are Alright

    According to their website, Nashville trio The Dead Deads include, “Failure, Bjork, Led Zeppelin, Blue Oyster Cult, NOFX, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Queen, Weezer, Helmet, Cream, Beck and The Pixies,” amongst their biggest influences… Although that sounds more than a little bit confusing, the actual sounds churned out by Meta...
  • Chase Cohl, “musician, writer, designer”

    Although Chase Cohl isn’t exactly a household name, she has been in the art and entertainment industry for quite some time now and managed to put her name on numerous of its facets.  With parents in the music industry, Cohl spent much of her youth on the road with...
  • Retro and Future Talk with Livingmore

    Had they gotten their start about 20 years ago, Livingmore would surely have been sharing the stages of the TLA and the Trocadero with the likes of Morningwood, Shiny Toy Guns, and Kill Hannah during my college years.   The LA quartet kick out sassy and sparkly post-punk jams whose...
  • PRONOUN Talks Getting Out of Her Apartment

    “It’s like an arena rock commercial pop album in your bedroom because you can’t play your instruments really well,” laughs Alyse Vellturo.  Vellturo, better known as PRONOUN, is discussing her OMG I MADE IT EP, which hits shelves June 11th, courtesy of Wax Bodega.  I recently got a chance...
  • Conquer Divide’s New Kind of Bangers

    … And the award for our favorite pandemic reunion goes to… Conquer Divide!  Okay, so that’s a little dramatic (and they never actually broke up), but this extended break from life on earth did provide us with the first we’ve heard from the metalcore outfit in quite some time. ...
  • Emlyn’s “had enough of that sad shit.”

    Well, it’s just about Memorial Day weekend, so it’s nice to know, according to Emlyn, that we officially have a “song of the summer.”  Earlier this month, the LA songwriter (who has co-written with the likes of Kiiara, Brook Williams, and Hailey Knox) released a sample of a new...
  • Mara Connor Talks COVID and Covers

    Last week Southern California singer/songwriter Mara Connor released the Decades EP, a celebration of some of the greatest songs of the second half of the twentieth century and also some of Connor’s best musical friends, with whom she collaborated on the five-song EP.  Connor covers songs by Fats Domino,...
  • Penelope Trappes on The End of a Trilogy

    “Musically speaking, I consider my aunties to be Patti Smith and Laurie Anderson,” says Penelope Trappes.  The Australian-born, Brighton-based musician is discussing the subject of artists, especially female artists, creating music after 30.  She goes on to also cite Pauline Alvarez and Laurie Spiegel as inspirations, saying, “These women,...
  • BEVERLEE: “I’m not trying to be like a mainstream artist.”

    “My goal is just ‘to be seen,’ and I don’t mean that in some narcissistic way, but ‘to be seen’ just meaning to exist,” says BEVERLEE.  BEVERLEE has been in the music industry for more than a decade now, although until recently, she’s primarily co-written for other artists and...
  • Magdalena Bay Talk Pop Music (Sat. at B&S w/ Yumi Zouma)

    In an age when it’s become okay for punks and hipsters to listen to Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus, there may not be a more unabashedly and unashamedly “pop” artist worth listening to than Magdalena Bay…  The LA-duo, comprised of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin, churn out something...
  • Squirrel Flower: “I’d tell people to come see me play live.” (Tues. at WCL)

    It’s hard to imagine a bigger change in setting than going from a DIY/BYOB batting cage in Kensington to a dinner theatre listening room on the campus of UPenn, but that just happens to be the case for folky singer/songstress Ella O’Connor Williams — better known as Squirrel Flower...
  • Audrey Mika: “My main goal as an artist is to be a mentor…” (3/3 at Voltage Lounge)

    2020 really does seem to be dominated by the young ladies so far… A few weeks ago 15-year-old Jayden Bartels provided one of the best sets we’ve seen in the year’s first quarter while opening for Echosmith, and one of our favorite releases, 5 A.M., comes courtesy of 19-year-old...
  • Roses & Revolutions, on Finding Their Brand (Tonight at MilkBoy)

    Tonight, electro-poppers Roses & Revolutions are kicking off their very first headlining tour at our very own MilkBoy and it’s, without a doubt, the thing most worth getting excited about this weekend.  Roses & Revolutions are Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt, partners (musical and otherwise) hailing from Rochester, who...
  • Meet Jayden Bartels, “Gen Z’s ultimate triple threat” (Sat. at WCL, w/ Echosmith)

    If you’re looking for some charmingly enchanting post-Valentine’s Day plans, for better or worse, this Saturday indie poppers Echosmith are bringing their Lonely Generation Tour to World Café Live.  The tour is in support of Lonely Generation, just their second album and first since their 2013 debut, Talking Dreams. ...
  • Get Angsty with Poppy, This Fri. at the TLA

    Teen angst never really goes out of style… Whether you’re a thirtysomething music critic and humanities professor; or a twentysomething singer, songwriter, model, YouTube celebrity, performance artist, and author; the teen angst aesthetic would still seem to remain the most fun and popularly appealing way to stick it to...
  • Catch Up with Metronomy, This Sat. and the TLA

    Although it has finally gotten a bit chilly and the touring season is still yet to kick into full swing, this Saturday, February 1st, Theatre of Living Arts will be hosting a great reason to come out… the return of Metronomy!  The English indietronica outfit, led by Joseph Mount...