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Staff Editorial: Top Albums/EPs of 2015

posted January 1, 2016, 8:01 am by Carlita | Filed Under Best Of, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Staff Editorial, Throwback Thursday, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

new-year-690800_960_720As we move into the latter part of a decade and we bid adieu to another busy year in music, now’s the time for our collective team to weigh in on the best albums or EPs of the year. Not wanting to jump the gun in case there were any surprises in December proved fruitful and yielded some last-minute treasures from artists who wanted to end the year right. Check out our international staff selections below!

Nick Fry

1. Marriages – “Salome”
2. Fischer-Z – “This is My Universe”
3. Desperate Journalist – “Desperate Journalist”
4. The Waterboys – “Modern Blues”
5. Pinkshinyultrablast – “Everything Else Matters”
6. Chelsea Wolfe – “Abyss”
7. [debut] – “Postcards from Berlin”
8. Title Fight – “Hyperview”
9. Failure – “The Heart Is a Monster”
10. Pants & the Family – “You Will Go to a Party where Strange Customs Prevail”

Maddy Johnson

1. The Dead Weather– “Dodge and Burn”
2. Lord Huron– “Strange Trails”
3. Daniel Romano– “If I’ve Only One Time Asking”
4. Tallest Man On Earth– “Dark Bird is Home”
5. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – Self titled
6. Diana Krall– “Wallflower”
7. Florence and The Machine– “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”
8. Tame Impala– “Currents”
9. City and Colour– “If I Should Go Before You”
10. Joanna Newsom– “Divers”

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Game: Guitar Hero Live

posted December 29, 2015, 8:22 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment

It’s not often we review video games around here, but there’s not many video games that are more applicable to our taste’s than Guitar Hero. Many of us were bitten by the buzz when the original Guitar Hero hit the shelves and at the risk of sounding redundant, it’s back and bigger than ever.

Barely beyond 10 years to the day the original Guitar Hero was released, the latest installment arrives with a plethora of changes and upgrades. So we sat down over the holidays and let some family take the first crack at the new game.
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Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote

posted May 4, 2015, 6:33 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


As we head into the first week of May and Star Wars fans all over the world yell “May the 4th be with you”, one of my top anticipated releases of the year drops TODAY, beginning the month with a bang. Grammy nominated foursome Hiatus Kaiyote’s sophomore album ‘Choose Your Weapon’ is available everywhere in the U.S., providing more airport dancing jams for all (including me who’s previously danced in several terminals to ‘The World It Softly Lulls’ blasting from my headphones). Stumbling upon this Melbourne, Australia based group when they were scheduled to open for D’Angelo and Busta Rhymes at The Summer Spirit Festival in 2013, I’ve loved their unique blend of electro future soul/ jazz with world music influences ever since.

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Unsigned and Wound Up 11: Fan Picks

posted April 30, 2015, 4:53 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Music News | comment 2 Comments

As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. However, we’re going to need your help narrowing things down a bit more.

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Staff Editorial: Surprise Drops- Yay or Nay?

posted April 3, 2015, 9:30 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Staff Editorial | comment 3 Comments


As Kendrick Lamar (intentionally or not, which is still up for debate after viewing his management’s reaction) added his name to the list of surprise releases with his latest drop, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, the discussion stirred up again like dust in the wind, begging the question, “Do we as fans like it?” “Does it make a difference in the end?” or “Would we have bought these albums no matter their release date?” Although Queen Bey’s not the first artist in history to do it, she re-ignited the latest trend, moving almost a million units of her album in 72 hours in December 2013, with artists like Drake, U2, Björk, Run The Jewels and D’Angelo (with his drop coming 14 years after ‘Voodoo’) joining the ranks. I posed these “Surprise Drops- Yay or Nay?” questions to our staff to get a global perspective as we listen to different genres and here are our thoughts below:
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UNSW: Announcing Unsigned and Wound Up 11

posted January 18, 2015, 12:34 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up | comment Leave a Comment

Music Emissions is currently seeking the songs of 10-16 artists to enter into their quarterly contest, Unsigned & Wound Up. This is a great opportunity for exposure with the chance to earn an album review or artist spotlight on Music Emissions.


Unsigned and Wound Up is a series of audio compilations highlighting top emerging artists who may not be on your radar. Selected bands will compete for votes on Music Emissions and the top vote-getters will receive written features provided by the editorial staff at Music Emissions.MElogoUNSW11

Unsigned and Wound Up 10

Started in 1999, Music Emissions has been promoting independent or DIY music podcasting since February of 2008. Over the years the site has grown to include reviewers and critics from all over the world. What started out as a college project now houses a music community of over 5000 avid indie music fans. In May of 2011, they launched their monthly contest known as Unsigned and Wound Up. Read more

Best of: Staff Picks, 2014

posted December 28, 2014, 8:58 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

Every year our staff compiles a list of their favorite albums of the year. Here’s 2014

Gary Hill

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Live: Ed Sheeran in Milan: between + and X!

posted November 29, 2014, 10:44 pm by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Ed Sheeran live Milan

Lots of people believe that “You never forget your first time!” and we’re pretty sure Ed Sheeran won’t forget his first gig in Italy, on the 20th of November at Alcatraz in Milan.

This concert was sold out for months. If you missed him this time, luckily he’ll return soon with two upcoming concerts planned in January as well! His British punctuality made him start the concert at 9:02 pm, ending precisely two hours later, with an amazing “Sing”, with over 2500 people in the venue, taking part. A real “one man show”, Ed was all alone on the stage but played like there were other four people on that stage. Cover, mash up, original arrangements and, above all, a live loop station’s application that left us without words. He beautifully harmonized the audience’s choruses and we spent all the time singing following his directions. Read more

Interview: Kimbra

posted October 23, 2014, 10:27 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

As I prep for more upcoming travel, it’s not shocking music is always a must-have. U2’s cloud delivered ‘Songs of Innocence’? Uh no. Grammy-winning New Zealand artist Kimbra’s ‘Vows’ and her latest, ‘The Golden Echo’? Yes, please. Since I first saw her mesmerizing live version of ‘Plain Gold Ring’, I felt a kindred left-field thinking spirit. Playing in the pop sandbox with bold visuals, jazz, musical theatre, electro, hip-hop, new wave and soul influences, this girl was different.

Photo Credit: Thom Kerr

Photo Credit: Thom Kerr

Catching her live with Foster The People, where she displayed her sweet personality in a flowing rainbow kimono, sealed the fandom deal. Read more

Interview: DJ Muggs

posted July 31, 2014, 12:22 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


When a music connoisseur mentions the words “DJ Muggs”, several things come to mind. One of the best hip-hop producers of all-time? One of the best producers of all-time, period? That guy from Queens behind all your favorite Cypress Hill classics (he’s working on the next album right now) and the unforgettable House of Pain’s “Jump Around”? The guy who’s collaborated with U2 and Depeche Mode and just recently released an EP this week called ‘Vita E Morte’ with a new multimedia collective featuring Andrew Kline, Brevi, and Sean Bonner named Cross My Heart Hope to Die (CMHHTD)? Yeah, that dude.

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Interview: José James

posted July 21, 2014, 9:24 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


One of the best things about summer, besides the abundance of outdoor shows to choose from, is the time to delve into new albums en route to said shows. June yielded several road trip and airplane friendly albums including José James’ standout latest offering, ‘While You Were Sleeping’. Known for merging the old with the new via the blending of neo-soul, electronic, hip-hop and classic jazz influences on previous efforts, José boldly brings touches of punk and folk into the foray this time around. On the experimental tip, he puts a trademark Generation X/Y blurred stamp on your definition of genre.

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Festivals: Rocklahoma Sights, Sounds (Day One)

posted May 30, 2014, 7:45 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Festivals | comment Leave a Comment

Last week, Pryor, Oklahoma played host to the eighth annual Rocklahoma. Whether you made the trip or just stayed at home and barbecued for Memorial Day weekend, chances are you’re still recovering. Although some logistical problems immediately came into play over the weekend, such as check-in traffic and cell phone signal and the overwhelming choice of terrific bands, we were there to get in close for a look at most of the action. Here we go…

Blackstone Cherry- We missed their show, but from everything we’re told (including their peers) Blackstone Cherry is not a show to be missed. Check out their youtube video for “Blame it on the Boom Boom”
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Interview: Mark de Clive-Lowe

posted February 20, 2014, 10:39 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


In the world where we live or die on the hot single, as a music fan nowadays, it’s rare to find cohesive albums that hold your attention with intricate production from start to finish. E-digging in the crates yet again, I came across such a gem called “Renegades” by New Zealand born, LA based producer, musician and orchestra bandleader Mark de Clive-Lowe. I immediately explored more of his diverse discography and found fiery music cutting across at least five genres (latin and classic jazz, soul, electronic, broken beat) from someone drawing comparisons to other avant-garde producers like Quincy Jones. Fortuitously, as is the case in LA, that same week, I attended Mark’s live “CHURCH” show which brought the music (which will be on his upcoming album dropping in June) to life and had the whole crowd dancing with some spirit-filled tambourine shaking.

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Interview: Twiztid

posted January 16, 2014, 10:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


Peeping Juggalo fan favs Twiztid’s first independently released mixtape , “A New Nightmare” (I, still a horrorcore newbie) frightened, impressed and intrigued me. Putting the break with Psychopathic Records (Insane Clown Posse’s label) behind them, they ventured out on their own and had a very successful 2013, punctuated by their Abominationz Tour and headlining Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. In their 16 year career, this Detroit duo’s (Madrox and Monoxide) done a lot, working with the likes of Tech N9ne, Swollen Members and Royce Da 5’9, to name a few.

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Best Of: Staff Picks for Best Albums of 2013

posted December 31, 2013, 3:38 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Best Of, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

It’s that time, minus one or two, our staff picks are in. Below, find the best indie music had to offer our beloved staff. Some in lists of albums, others in songs and some with both. Thanks for reading in 2013, and join us as we spend the next few weeks exploring what’s to come in 2014. Read more

The Best Music of 2013 – At Least According to G.W. Hill

posted December 31, 2013, 12:11 pm by GWHill | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Early in the year I thought this was going to be a pretty mediocre year from music. I wasn’t hearing a lot of stuff that was really exceptional. The thing is, as the year progressed, that really changed. In fact, it wound up quite difficult to get this list to any kind of decent length. I had to make some tough cuts to get it into a small enough format to work.

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Live Review and Interviews: Red Bull Sound Select with El-P and special guest Killer Mike, Thurz, Warm Brew and Azizi Gibson

posted December 20, 2013, 10:59 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


‘Tis the season to wrap up 2013 and if you were looking to turn up one last time before putting on ugly reindeer sweaters, jingling some bells and shutting it down until 2014, Red Bull Sound Select’s LA show provided the perfect opportunity to do so. Mixing LA-based rising talent (Thurz, Azizi Gibson and the group Warm Brew) with an East Coast producer/artist on top of his game right now (El-P who brought along his Run the Jewels partner Killer Mike), you’d have to search far and wide to find a line-up like that for $3. On a cold (ok, it was 50) night, I ventured to the historic Troubadour to peep these acts. Read more

Interview: Johnny Richter

posted December 17, 2013, 1:02 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Johnny richter

After an intense start to 2013, MC Johnny Richter wraps up his year on a high note with the release of FreeKING Out, dropping today. Obviously, you might recognize him as a former member of platinum selling Orange County based group, Kottonmouth Kings. Breaking ties, channeling storied pasts, potential accusations and personal strife, Johnny focused his energy positively in response and connected with Souls Assassins producer G-Rocka to create his first solo EP in Cypress Hill member DJ Muggs’ studio. Approaching almost 20 years in the business, he faces this next phase of his career with a significant supportive fanbase and a larger than life persona and image that’s unforgettable. Read more

“Waking Up In Vegas”- 2013’s Life Is Beautiful Fest Review and Artist Interviews

posted October 28, 2013, 11:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Interviews, Live Show Reviews, Music News, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment


To say that I had a great time this weekend in Vegas at the first annual Life Is Beautiful music, art and food Fest would be an understatement. The Killers, Imagine Dragons ( whose set featured Cirque Du Soleil Mystere performers) Childish Gambino (who did a dope cover of “Rolling in the Deep”),Janelle Monae (who flew in from NYC after performing on SNL on Saturday),Alabama Shakes (love them), Danny Brown, Allen Stone (always fun live), Wallpaper and a slew of great rising Nevada reppers (including Red Bull Sound Select Tour Bus performers American Cream, Moondog Matinee and Ekoh and Homegrown Stager Sabriel ) and other talents from around the U.S.(The Kingston Springs, Tink, Cosmic Suckerpunch to name a few) all made the traffic I faced driving from Los Angeles worth it.

Everywhere you turned on each block of the downtown Fremont St. vicinity stimulated the senses. Whether it be the 3-D art painted on sides of buildings, the fire-shooting ant, the various indoor and outdoor music stages, the culinary village that featured air-conditioned tent chef demonstrations (came in handy to get a break from the sun) and the ridiculously tasty gourmet food under $10 (how often do you find that at a festival?), it all definitely outweighed the serious walking concertgoers did, traveling around from place to place (in hindsight, it was good calorie burning).

Allen Stone and Wallpaper:

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Interview: DJ Colette

posted September 19, 2013, 7:42 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


Growing up in my house, hours of booming, “ass-shaking” music filled my ears. Disco, dance and house music, in particular, made my little feet want to move constantly. Arriving in LA years later, a friend put me onto DJ Colette who not only brought those great memories flooding back but made it modern-day relevant. Repping Chicago and DJ collective Superjane, Colette released her first independent album on her own label, Candy Talk, When The Music’s Loud a few weeks ago. Featuring the blazing electronica title single and 80’s Adonis inspired “Hotwire”, DJ Colette’s clearly dropped another album full of club bangers. Read more

Exposed in the Grid – Adventures in Music & Mischief

posted September 4, 2013, 10:30 am by Danielle Martin | Filed Under Editorial, Exposed in the Grid, Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, On The Verge, Worldly Venues | comment Leave a Comment

In an ever-changing global music and arts culture, one certainty still remains. The city that never sleeps, New York City, continues to wear the crown of trend-setting tastes. In a column every-so-often, special reporter to Music Emissions, Danielle Martin will take on the beast known as the five boroughs and all it has to offer…

Aly Tadros live at Joe’s Pub*

Folk music… This is definitely NOT your parent’s folk music. For the longest time, I had a slight aversion to folk music based on my experiences as a child listening to my Grandfather’s folk and country songs on the 8-track (hokey, etc. did not fit in with my rock/alternative mindset)…

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Interview: Madchild from Swollen Members

posted July 24, 2013, 9:01 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


A legend and crucial character in Canadian hip-hop, Madchild’s reputation precedes him. An undeniably skilled lyricist and potential loose cannon fiery personality, he’s dropped several unforgettable verses over his 14-year career. As a critical member of four-time Juno Award-winning Swollen Members (along with Rob the Viking and Prevail, who I spoke to earlier this year ), his talent speaks for itself. Achieving mainstream success, the bumpy road’s been filled with addiction detours and legal bans that prevented this brilliant artist from reaching his full potential. Back and better than ever, Madchild’s recently returned to the Canadian and U.S. stage (now allowed to return), rocking the Vans Warped Tour and is poised to drop his latest solo album, “Lawn Mower Man” in August. Read more

Contest: F.Y.E. Presents The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Flyaway!

posted July 9, 2013, 1:11 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment



Interview: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from Bosnian Rainbows

posted June 21, 2013, 11:02 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


As a music fan, there are few things better than when members of great bands get together and create a new great band. New alt rock band Bosnian Rainbows (comprised of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Deantoni Parks from Grammy-winning The Mars Volta, Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes and Nicci Kasper who’s worked with Kudu and KRS-One) have joined forces to create said type of band and will release their self-titled debut on June 25. Combining left-field creativity and performance art sensibilities, this group has melded to form its own attention-grabbing entity. Read more

Episode 122: Unsigned and Wound Up 10

posted April 30, 2013, 5:27 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Music News, On The Verge, Podcast, Releases | comment 6 Comments

Welcome to another edition of Unsigned and Wound Up, volume 10 ladies and gents. The top three vote-getters will receive a professional review from a staff writer. The top vote-getter receives an interview feature.
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Tour Review: Cold War Kids

posted April 9, 2013, 9:37 pm by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

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Cold War Kids shared a special moment with a sold-out crowd at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio April 9.It’s not a band, which interacts much with the audience. But the crowd was prepared to be wowed by their heroes. And the fans were rewarded for their devotion. Cold War Kids rock hard. “Mexican Dogs,” the second song, was where the they started to cut loose.

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Nathan Willett put on a good show whether he was singing vocals sans instrument, playing guitar, sitting at the piano or shaking the maracas. The new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, was well represented in the set, which took a little more than an hour. Among the new songs, “Miracle Mile” was the biggest hit with the crowd. The band was entertaining throughout the night, moving about the stage effortlessly. Read more

Interview: Rival Sons’ Jay Buchanan

posted March 26, 2013, 9:09 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

Paris shoot venue pic

As a kid on the 70’s/80’s cusp, classic rock played an integral part of my childhood. Artists like Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Free rattled from our car’s speakers crisscrossing the country on frequent road trips and their songs remain imprinted on my cerebellum permanently. Nerdily scoping the regular late night show music schedule in Los Angeles (like I am prone to do) to see who’d be coming soon, I stumbled upon Rival Sons playing Jimmy Kimmel and gravitated to their latest album Head Down along with their previous one, Pressure and Time with songs like pointed “Burn Down Los Angeles” and sorrowful “Jordan” that now stay on repeat automatically. They took me right back to my favorite period of time blending modern and classic folk, rock, blues and funk, making me want to dance immediately. Live clips of these Long Beach, CA natives (who’ve opened for AC/DC, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper) playing live sealed the deal that this band was f-in dope.

jay buchanan

I chatted with Rival Sons’ frontman and lead singer Jay Buchanan right before he left for their latest European tour about “standing on the shoulders of giants”, the band’s secret name for him, working with noted producer Dave Cobb, his love of books and hidden wealth of knowledge that could possibly keep us alive on a stranded island and more. Check out the videos and interview clips below!

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Interview: Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

posted March 4, 2013, 9:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: DJ Toure, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

Interviewing DJ Toure of the Bay Area Hieroglyphics crew a few weeks ago, I luckily connected with another member of the crew, the ringleader, legend and most colorful member, Del Tha Funkee (or The Funky) Homosapien during a tour stop through Southern California recently. One of the best freestylers in the game, which he proved, making the crowd go nuts during his packed show at the Constellation Room, his albums I Wish My Brother George Was Here and No Need for Alarm were two of the my favorite albums of the 90’s. As a member of futuristic Deltron 3030 and Gorillaz multi-platinum “Clint Eastwood” collaborator, his musical history has been varied and full of influential tracks. Watching his documentary , “The 11th Hour”, before the show, a portrait of a gaming, funny creative genius (peep the scene when he talks about porn) emerges.

Taking the stage that night with A-Plus from the Souls of Mischief, they rocked for 90 minutes before I got to catch up with Del after the show. Check the videos and interview clips below and follow Del on Twitter for more deets on his new album!

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Interview: Daru Jones

posted February 17, 2013, 5:23 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Blunderbuss, Jack White

I don’t think anyone could have predicted the kind of year Jack White had in 2012. From a Grammy-nominated album to touring the world over with two backing bands to putting vinyl records in balloons, White sure knows how to keep busy. He also knows it takes special people to want to come along for the rock ’n’ roll ride. Fortunately for White, Buzzards drummer Daru Jones is just that type of person – Grateful. Humble. And talented as all heck.

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Press Release Roundup: January 29

posted January 29, 2016, 1:47 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Festivals, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



Once upon a time…(and that time was Tuesday) we announced amazingly talented producer extraordinaire Tony Visconti as one of our 2016 Keynote Speakers! Most recently recognized for producing David Bowie’s latest and final album, Blackstar, Visconti was a long time producer, collaborator and friend to the Thin White Duke. And he has numerous equally impressive credits and collaborations beyond that. Seriously this guy’s contact list, it must be bananas.

Since we’re such excitement junkies, we also revealed that my main stooge, Mr. Iggy Pop himself, is going to play for us – I mean for you, he’s totally playing for you. Just before giving birth to Post Pop Depression on March 18, he will play at SXSW with his newest band featuring this really tall guy who has been in a bunch of other bands. You might recognize him…

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. We threw up only another 140+ artist confirmations today. We got Car Seat Headrest. Boogie. Leon Russell. Got some Baby Shakes. Little Hurricane. Beach Slang. Remember Haddaway? Of course you do. We’ve got him, too.


5 Miles to Midnight (Port of Spain TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
El David Aguilar (Ciudad De México MEXICO)
Ancient Warfare (Lexington KY)
Apache (San Francisco CA)
Applejaxx (Fayetteville NC)
Azure Hiptronics (The Hague NETHERLANDS)
Baby Shakes (New York NY)
Bad Luck Jonathan (Chicago IL)
Ben Ballinger (Austin TX)
The Bambir (Yerevan ARMENIA)
Rayland Baxter (Nashville TN)
Beach Slang (Philadelphia PA)
Dru Bex (Toronto CANADA)
Big Rob (Oklahoma city OK)
Bonnie Bishop (Nashville TN)
Bjarki (Live) (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Black Motion (Soshanguve SOUTH AFRICA)
BLANG (Orange County TX)
Blondfire (Los Angeles CA)
Boogie (Compton CA)
Edwin Briscoe (New York NY)
Broken Gold (Austin TX)
Bronze Radio Return (Hartford CT)
Tracy Bryant (Los Angeles CA)
C-Micah (St Louis MO)
Calliope Musicals (Austin TX)
Car Seat Headrest (Seattle WA)
Chunk! No Captain Chunk! (Paris FRANCE)
Cicada Rhythm (Athens GA)
Chris Colepaugh and the Crew (Moncton CANADA)
Coral Bones (Provo UT)
Cozz (Los Angeles CA)
Cramp In Leg [Ногу свело!] (Moscow RUSSIA)
Cuentos Borgeanos (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Cumstain (Oakland CA)
Davido (Lagos NIGERIA)
Dega (Joshua Tree CA)
Dengue Dengue Dengue (Lima PERU)
Drawing North (Nashville/Canberra, Australia TN)
DZ (Brooklyn NY)
E.L. (Accra GHANA)
El Dusty (Corpus Christi TX)
Robert Ellis (Houston TX)
Javier Escovedo (San Diego CA)
Chad Evans (Dallas TX)
Evefest featuring Lisa Goe, Mandy Allyn, Emily Faulk and Jessica Cayne (Nashville TN)
Expander (Austin TX)
Jad Fair (Austin TX)
The FAM (Dallas TX)
Farao (Oslo NORWAY)
Feels (Los Angeles CA)
Five 2 Oh (Corpus Christi TX)
Gallant (Los Angeles CA)
Ron Gallo (Philadelphia PA)
Geographer (San Francisco CA)
Get Inuit (Sittingbourne UK-ENGLAND)
Isaac Gracie (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Great Discord (Linköping SWEDEN)
Grenda (Tijuana MEXICO)
Guts Club (New Orleans LA)
Haddaway (Port of Spain MONACO)
Hashback Hashish (New Delhi INDIA)
Cory Henry (Brooklyn NY)
Hospital Ships (Carrboro NC)
Jack Ingram (Austin TX)
Wande Isola (Austin TX)
Iyanya (Calabar NIGERIA)
J’son (Saint Louis MO)
Jarrell (San Antonio TX)
J-Nice the Kingdom Builder (Austin TX)
Larry June (San Francisco CA)
Kadence (Oklahoma City OK)
Eryn Allen Kane (Chicago IL)
Keeps (Nashville TN)
Kif (Montevideo URUGUAY)
KRNE (Oakland CA)
Chelsea Lankes (Los Angeles CA)
Bill Laurance (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Lemons (Chicago IL)
Lil Dicky (Philadelphia PA)
Little Hurricane (San Diego CA)
Locos Por Juana (Miami FL)
Los Outsaiders (Lima PERU)
Los Viernes Swing Band (Mexico City MEXICO)
Anita Magenta (New York NY)
Calvin Martyr (Austin TX)
Dontae McFarland (San Diego CA)
Mikey And The Drags (Houston TX)
Milk Teeth (Stroud UK-ENGLAND)
Chris Mitchell (Houston TX)
J. Monty (Jonesboro GA)
Moonlight Towers (Austin TX)
The Mullens (Dallas TX)
Sarah Bethe Nelson (San Francisco CA)
New Myths (Brooklyn NY)
NOFX (San Francisco CA)
Florencia Núñez (Montevideo URUGUAY)
Dave Owen (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Peelander-Z (New York NY)
Iggy Pop (Muskegon MI)
PyRexx (Houston TX)
RAW (New Orleans/Houston TX)

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Review: 2016’s NAMM Show and She Rocks Awards

posted January 27, 2016, 12:22 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

21As Blizzard Jonas battered the East Coast, music vendors, DJs, producers, musicians, enthusiasts and fans alike descended in droves upon Anaheim from all over the world for the 2016 Annual Winter NAMM Show. A hybrid of music geek camp, your family reunion, part people/celeb watching (i.e. Stevie Wonder, Miss America etc) and convention, folks who hadn’t seen each other in a while frequently greeted each other everywhere I turned which goes to show, even among a large crowd, the music community is tight-knit. Many attendees split their time between visiting the halls filled with booths (over 1,700 exhibitors showcasing 6,000 brands) boasting the latest technology for live concert playing, production, leisure and intensive musical instrument study.

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Press Release Roundup: January 22

posted January 22, 2016, 12:20 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Festivals, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



Tickets for the 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival are on sale now exclusively via the Bonnaroo site here! This year’s lineup features a deep roster of talent that includes Pearl Jam, Dead & Company (2 sets), LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tame Impala (late night), Death Cab For Cutie, M83, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Tyler the Creator, Lamb of God, Blood Orange, Kamasi Washington, Waxahatchee, Vince Staples and many more.

To celebrate, Live Nation TV has just released Bonnaroo at 15 , a brand-new documentary that looks behind the scenes at one of America’s most important festivals. Filmed at the 2015 installment of the festival, the film explores Bonnaroo’s long and storied history, featuring interviews with the artists and comedians that make Bonnaroo what it is. Throughout the documentary, Bonnaroo vets like Wayne Coyne, Sharon Jones, Reggie Watts, and Mumford and Sons recount their favorite moments from Bonnaroos past and talk about what fans can look forward to in the future.

The 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival marks the event’s 15th anniversary and as such, is being celebrated with more than 150 musicians, bands, and comedians performing across its 12 unique stages. Additional lineup announcements will be made in the coming weeks. For complete details and regular news updates, please visit www.bonnaroo.com.

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Introducing: Jokatech

posted January 21, 2016, 9:29 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Introducing | comment Leave a Comment

IMG_6917 There’s no doubt being born and raised in The Bronx and its Westchester suburb Mount Vernon in a blended British and Ghanaian household during the 80’s and 90’s shaped Jokatech aka Jason K. Addae, the artist and the man. Reared in these East Coast music meccas provided invaluable exposure to the diverse styles of music (i.e. golden era hip-hop, classical, club music, Broadway musicals) and this metropolitan upbringing definitely left its mark. Early on, musical education played a critical role in his life as crucial individuals along the way molded and guided the young visionary. Jokatech fondly remembers his first piano teacher and recital at the tender age of seven, which led to him to write his first song at eight. Appreciating his music teacher’s strict demeanor, he stated “she was stern but I always cherished the gift she gave me. Teachers especially those of the arts were super heroes to me.” Reminiscing about another educator who significantly impacted him, he recalls: “My favorite teacher in school was so passionate about listening to the every “how” and “why” of a literary piece, or musical composition, and I remember how his discussions would open whole new worlds to works of art we looked at. He inspired me to take my ideas and writings, and do more with them. He really loved art, and his son was a good author. The course he taught was called Great Works. The series, “Magnum Opus” translates to that phrase, and was a huge part of its inspiration. If it weren’t for him, most of my work probably wouldn’t exist. It’s like you could say, we wrote it together. That’s why I dedicated it to him.”

Moving into his teen years, unfortunately opportunities to remain in the school orchestra and band were taken away but it fueled a different fire. He recalls from “12 to 17, I had to keep it (the passion for music) alive myself.” This formative period propelled Jokatech’s future path forward and encouraged his desire to teach, promote music and remain immersed in the arts, eventually spending time studying and further building his musical foundation at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. In terms of his other artistic influences, when asked the random question of which five albums Jokatech would take with him on a deserted island, he selected a myriad of diverse genres. His picks included spectrum-ranging “Coin Coin” by Matana Roberts, “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione, “Morning Dance” by Spyro Gyra, “The Black Album” by Jay-Z and “Make Yourself” by Incubus. Pondering dream collaborations, he would have loved to connect with the beloved and recently deceased no holds-barred visual and music artist David Bowie as Jokatech is inspired by “creating transcendent sounds and music, and by artists who feel the same.”

When hypothetically considering which decade he’d like to transport himself to create music, he’d choose the turbulent and classic 1970’s. He further explains “It was a transitional period for not only jazz, but popular music, and rock. I would love to make music then, not because of what was out, but because of how open the ears were back then. At that time, the feedback you would get was so in-depth and insightful, that it inspired even greater music, because the fans were like artists themselves. Listening is an art in itself, and it’s somewhat lost today.” Fast forward to his current discography and the aforementioned ‘Magnum Opus’ trilogy (comprised of “Magnum Opus Res Ipsa Disc 1 and 2” and “Magnum Opus Book 3: Coming of Age”) which gives your ears and mind plenty as they amalgamate metaphor-filled rhymes, experimental jazz fusion, electronic music and spoken word into an existential whirlwind exploring life’s obstacles. Rife with mentions of his love of sparring and pugilism (who’s mother says he was born “with his hands in a fist”) and lingering trumpet riffs through each project, Jokatech carves a unique lane unto himself. The “ink in him” drops knowledge.

Best Of: Nat Lathy’s Top Albums Of 2015

posted January 20, 2016, 12:41 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Best Of, Staff Editorial | comment Leave a Comment

1. James McMurtry-Complicated Game
McMurtry ComplicatedThis album has a great folk sound. It’s got some of the best melodies I’ve heard on an album in a long time, and the lyrics are worth revisiting.

2. Nellie McKay-My Weekly Reader
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In the mood for old school? McKay handles the classics with her own interpretations. You don’t have to lose your allegiance to the originals to enjoy what she offers.
3. Laurie Anderson-Heart of A Dog
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This was the most unique album of the year by far. This soundtrack to a film about the death of Laurie’s dog, covered so many topics it’s amazing how it all tied together so well.

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Press Release Roundup: January 11

posted January 15, 2016, 7:36 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



The South by Southwest® Music Conference and Festival (SXSW®) is pleased to announce the third round of artists invited to perform. This is a small sample of the wide array of artists performing for the attending global music community. SXSW Music’s 30th annual event takes place Tuesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

The SXSW Music Festival staff continues curating a not-to-be-missed music festival experience. The third round of artists invited to perform include:

1001 Nights Orchestra (Austin TX)
5ive (Earth TX)
8 Ball Aitken (Nashville TN)
Steve Adamyk Band (Ottawa CANADA)
Advance Base (Chicago IL)
Aero Flynn (Minneapolis MN)
Agoraphobia (Boiro SPAIN)
Kita Alexander (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
[Alexandros] (Tokyo JAPAN)
Algodón Egipcio (Mexico City MEXICO)
All Dogs (Columbus OH)
Elida Almeida (Praia CAPE VERDE)
Tiffany Alvord (Los Angeles CA)
Ruby Amanfu (Nashville TN)
Amasa Hines (Little Rock AR)
Carl Anderson (Nashville TN)
Andy Clockwise (Los Angeles CA)
Andy The Doorbum & Justin Aswell (Charlotte NC)
Daniel Antopolsky (Bordeaux FRANCE)
Arbor Labor Union (Athens GA)
Aries (Bilbao SPAIN)
ARO (Los Angeles CA)
ASTR (New York NY)
Astronauts, etc. (Oakland CA)
Atash (Austin TX)
Atomic Stooges (Ōsaka JAPAN)
Awol One & Factor (Los Angeles CA)
Baby Strange (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Bad Sports (Denton TX)
Julien Baker (Memphis TN)
Band Aparte (San Pedro CA)
Banditos (Birmingham AL)
Bobby Bare Jr. (Nashville TN)
Bayonne (Austin TX)
Beach Beach (Barcelona SPAIN)
Bee Caves (Austin TX)
Bel Heir (Philadelphia PA)
Charlie Belle (Austin TX)
The Big Pink (London UK-ENGLAND)
Big White (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Birthday Boy (Toronto CANADA)
Black Crown Initiate (Reading PA)
Blaenavon (Liphook UK-ENGLAND)
Bleubird (Ft Lauderdale FL)
Bloc Party (London UK-ENGLAND)
Blue Healer (Austin TX)
BOAN (Austin TX)
Booher (Austin TX)
Jackson Boone (Portland OR)
Boraj (Santiago CHILE)
Boreals (Barcelona SPAIN)
Broncho (Tulsa OK)
Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls (Orange County CA)
Built By Snow (Austin TX)
Burnt Palms (Santa Cruz CA)
Cala Vento (Barcelona SPAIN)
CALLmeKAT (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Dylan Cameron (Austin TX)
Capsula (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Cardiknox (Los Angeles CA)
Charlotte Cardin (Montréal CANADA)
Carey (Nashville TN)
Loyle Carner (London UK-ENGLAND)
Cellars (Los Angeles CA)
Ceschi (New Haven CT)
The Chainsmokers (New York NY)
Chanti Darling (Portland OR)
Pearl Charles (Los Angeles CA)
Gina Chavez (Austin TX)
Chicano Batman (Los Angeles CA)
Chocolat (Montreal CANADA)
Maureen Choi Quartet (Madrid SPAIN)
CLARA-NOVA (Los Angeles CA)
Clarence Clarity (London UK-ENGLAND)
Clean Cut Kid (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
David C Clements (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
Coast Modern (Los Angeles CA)
Coldair (Warsaw POLAND)
Judy Collins and Ari Hest (Denver CO)
Wendy Colonna (Austin TX)
The Compozers (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Contortionist (Indianapolis IN)
Bill Converse (Austin TX)
Will Joseph Cook (Royal Tunbridge Wells UK-ENGLAND)
JP Cooper (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Corb Lund (South Alberta CANADA)
Cosmo’s Midnight (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Frankie Cosmos (New York NY)
Barns Courtney (Ipswich UK-ENGLAND)
The Cult (Los Angeles CA)
Denzel Curry (Miami FL)
D.D Dumbo (Castlemaine AUSTRALIA)
D∆WN (New Orleans LA)
Daddy Issues (Nashville TN)
Kat Dahlia (Miami FL)
Benjamin Damage (Swansea UK-WALES)
The Dandy Warhols (Portland OR)
Dead! (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dead Leaf Echo (New York NY)
The Dead Ships (Los Angeles CA)
Dead Soft (Vancouver CANADA)
The Dead South (Regina CANADA)
Death by Unga Bunga (Oslo NORWAY)
Decorations (Los Angeles CA)
De De Mouse (Tokyo JAPAN)
Deepflow (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Deffie (Lake Forest CA)
De Mónaco (Santiago CHILE)
Des Ark (Durham NC)
Alvaro Diaz (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
Luther Dickinson (Nashville TN)
Sonny Digital (Atlanta GA)
The Digital Wild (Austin TX)
Dilly Dally (Toronto CANADA)
The Dirty Nil (Dundas CANADA)
Division Minuscula (Matamoros MEXICO)
DJ HALO (Oakland CA)
DJ Sermon (San Antonio TX)
DJ Spinn (Chicago IL)
DJ Taye (Chicago IL)
Domo Genesis (Los Angeles CA)
Draper (London UK-ENGLAND)
Drinking Flowers (Los Angeles CA)
Dual Core (Austin TX)
The Dumplings (Zabrze POLAND)
Duran (Colombia) (Bogota COLOMBIA)
Dynoman (Karachi PAKISTAN)
DZ Deathrays (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
DZZ (Stephens City VA)
East of My Youth (Reykjavík ICELAND)
Eerie Wanda (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Ela Minus (New York NY)
El B (Miami FL)
El Conjunto Nueva Ola (Los Angeles CA)
Electric Eye (Oslo NORWAY)
ELEL (Nashville TN)
El Freaky (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes (Nashville TN)
Elohim (Los Angeles CA)
Jota Erre (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Escondido (Nashville TN)
EVDW (Edgar Van de Wingard) (Santiago CHILE)
The Excitements (Barcelona SPAIN)
Extraperlo (Barcelona SPAIN)
Faith Healer (Edmonton CANADA)
BP Fallon (Dublin IRELAND)
The Family Rain (Bath UK-ENGLAND)
Far From Alaska (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Mark Farina (San Francisco CA)
Fast Romantics (Toronto CANADA)
Fat White Family (London UK-ENGLAND)
Charlie Faye & The Fayettes (Austin TX)
Fedel (Tulsa OK)
Field Division (Des Moines IA)
Field Trip (Los Angeles CA)
Fine Times (Vancouver CANADA)
Flying Ipis (Manila PHILIPPINES)
Foex (Santiago CHILE)
Formation (London UK-ENGLAND)
Fotogramas (Valparaíso CHILE)
Frances (Newbury UK-ENGLAND)
Franky Flowers (Los Angeles CA)
Eleanor Friedberger (New York NY)
Robbie Fulks (Chicago IL)
Fuse ODG (London UK-ENGLAND)
Gabylonia (Guatire VENEZUELA)
Janice Gaines (Nashville TN)
Gang Of Youths (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Destra Garcia (Port Of Spain TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
The Garden (Orange County CA)
Kevin Garrett (Brooklyn NY)
Kevin Gates (New Orleans LA)
Gateway Drugs (Los Angeles CA)
GGOOLLDD (Milwaukee WI)
The Giving Tree Band (Yorkville IL)
Margaret Glaspy (New York NY)
Samantha Glass (Madison WI)
Jody Glenham (Vancouver CANADA)
Glenn Rexach Group (Austin TX)
Great American Canyon Band (Baltimore MD)
Gregory Pepper and His Problems (Guelph CANADA)
Matt Gresham (Fremantle WA)
Diaz Grimm (Cambridge NEW ZEALAND)
GRRL (Durham NC)
Guten Birds (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
GYMSHORTS (Providence RI)
Gerald and Tammi Haddon (Los Angeles CA)
Cas Haley (Paris TX)
Hanba! – The Rebellious Street Band (Kraków POLAND)
The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer (Vancouver CANADA)
Harts (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Hawai (Orange County CA)
Ronnie Heart (Fort Worth TX)
Heaters (Grand Rapids MI)
Zyna Hel (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Ari Hest (New York NY)
Hey Marseilles (Seattle WA)
The High Strung (Detroit MI)
Hodgy Beats (Los Angeles CA)
Holy Esque (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Holy Fuck (Toronto CANADA)
Holy Nothing (Porto PORTUGAL)
Honduras (Brooklyn NY)
Horse Thief (Oklahoma City OK)
House Of KENZO (San Antonio TX)
Hundred Visions (Austin TX)
Hunny (Los Angeles CA)
IAN (Boston MA)
Iglooghost (Bath UK-ENGLAND)
INHALT (San Francisco CA)
I See Stars (Detroit MI)
Julia Jacklin (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
The Jacques (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
James Supercave (Los Angeles CA)

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Jazz Street: Dave Brubeck

posted January 14, 2016, 8:29 am by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under Jazz Street, Throwback Thursday | comment Leave a Comment

Dave BrubeckAnd the consensus was the best version belonged to Dave Brubeck. His is the  only version of the song I’ve heard. There’s been plenty of writing about Brubeck and his work with time signatures. The main interest level for me in Brubeck’s recordings is they just sound so good.He put out a classic album with Jazz Goes To College. I became a fan, listening to cuts from this album. My interest level increased, downloading Dave Brubeck’s Greatest Hits ( a great 43:00 of music.) Read more

Introducing: Molly Brulé

posted January 11, 2016, 8:00 am by madelainej | Filed Under Introducing | comment Leave a Comment


Imagine a pastoral mountainside, sprawling open spaces, snow-capped towering mountains and green fields. Now listen to Molly Brulé’s debut album, “Seasons,” and you’ll have an idea of where this innocent voice crooning of heart break originated. Molly Brulé grew up in Vermont before moving to the bustling city of Boston. Her strong ties to the American landscape and people attest to her folk/pop and Americana sound. With a family of musicians to inspire, encourage and back her up, Molly is following her passion for music.

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Introducing: Apollo Architect

posted January 8, 2016, 8:00 am by Kevin Sellers | Filed Under Introducing | comment Leave a Comment

Started in 2014, Apollo Architect is the visionary project of Ontario native Bipin Bobby Kumar. In 2015 the band, which features session musicians performing the material Kumar writes and orchestrates but is unable to perform directly due to a neurological condition, released two fantastic atmospheric EP’s, The Wanderer and The Cutting-Room Floor. The former was one of my 10 favorite albums of 2015, and the latter is almost as good. Dabbling in soundscapes that reflect the post-rock mentality of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and MONO , along with a host of other inspirations, Apollo Architect creates immersive and imaginative aural experiences. With his first two EPs finished, I had the opportunity to ask Kumar about his music, his condition and how it affects said music, digging further into the inspirations and aspirations of the talented young man.
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Press Release Roundup: January 4

posted January 8, 2016, 1:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



2015 was a great year. TRDMRK has been busy. Aside from their tour tour in Europe, Nu has been out doing festivals all over the world with Jurassic 5 and Tre touring North America and Europe with Bizarre Ride. End of the year saw the guys getting back to work on a new TRDMRK album. Hearing the new stuff was amazing and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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