• Madison Cunningham, Feeling Surreal (10/24 at JB’s)

    “As my first headlining tour, I set manageable expectations, but I’ve been utterly blown away,” says Madison Cunningham.  She’s chatting with me over the phone, en route to her next gig.  Although just on her first headlining tour, the folk-pop singer/songwriter already has a laundry list of achievements of...
  • Eilen Jewell on the Pandemic, Playing Live, and Gangster Rap… (10/19 at WCL)

    For the past decade and a half Eilen Jewell has been kicking out jams that she has come to describe as, “Hillbilly-Rock n’ Roll-Noir,” a blend of the origins of alt country, Rock N’ Roll, and garage, that pay homage to the kinds of music celebrated by the Mystery...
  • Laura Stevenson on “getting more mature and more confident” (10/22 at JB’s)

    While the pandemic has left many artists with latest releases that are several years old and upcoming releases that are still quite a way off, indie folk artist Laura Stevenson’s latest release seemed to drop at just the right time.  Her sixth and self-titled album was released August 6th...
  • Catching Up with Frankie Rose (10/16 at UT w/ Nothing)

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from post-punk popper Frankie Rose (formerly of Vivian Girls, Beverly, Crystal Stilts, and Dum Dum Girls).  Her last studio album, Cage Tropical, inspired by ‘80s sci-fi films and the extraterrestrial, dropped in 2017.  However, during a recent chat, she tells me about...
  • Saleka: “This feels like our hometown venue.” (10/13 at WCL)

    Saleka is not exactly a household name just yet, but there’s a good chance that you’ve recently heard a song or two of hers.  This summer, the Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter released “Remain,” a song that she wrote and recorded for big screen thriller Old by M. Night Shyamalan (Saleka’s own...
  • The Prog Pop(?) of Magdalena Bay (10/14 at The Church w/ George Clanton)

    Last March, just before sold-out tours supporting Kero Kero Bonito and Yumi Zouma were cancelled due to the pandemic, Mica Tenenbaum of LA-based electro indie-pop duo Magdalena Bay told me, “We really love pop music and it’s obvious and we hope that that shows through.  I mean, we’re solidly...
  • Anika: “I’m a different artist and a different person.”

    This July Berlin-based musician Anika (Annika Henderson) released Change, her first album since her 2010 debut, Anika.  Although, despite this decade+ gap between LPs, the British ex-pat certainly never left the music world, taking up DJing, forming Exploded View, and collaborating with the likes of Shackleton, Dave Clarke, Tricky,...
  • Samia, Getting Used to Fandom (9/30 at Johnny Brenda’s)

    “It’s all totally autobiographical, down to transcripts of conversations,” says Samia about her music.  She goes on to add, “People hear my songs and ask me if those stories are real and I’m like, ‘Yeah!’”  This summer the 24-year-old singer/songwriter released Scout, a four-song EP (on Grand Jury) and...
  • The Natvral, Kip Berman Going Solo: “Songs of circumstance, you could call it.” (11/15 at UT w/ Luna)

    Although best known as vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for New York indie poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kip Berman has spent recent years embracing a different sort of lifestyle… parenting, husbanding, but also making a slightly different kind of sound as The Natvral.  Earlier this year,...