izzy

During the day Izzy Cihak teaches transgression, subversion, and revolution at Temple University. At night he haunts Philthy's best venues to cover worthwhile acts for Philthy Mag. Morrissey is everything to him and, in their own heads, all of his friends see themselves as Zooey Deschanel.
  • 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...