Jenny Hval & Briana Marela: United Nations

Norwegian native Jenny Hval and Washington state’s own Briana Marela both offer elegant singer-songwriter samplings. There are many common threads between the two—a poignant depth of content, rightfully unashamed femininity and new records released this summer. Hval’s delicate style of rock has brought her great success through all five of …

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Sharkmuffin: Fish Are Friends Not Food

CBGB may be gone, but New York City punk’s spirit remains alive and well in Sharkmuffin’s latest release, Chartreuse. Constantly shifting between straightforward rock tones, lo-fi vocals and even a bit of surf punk, the trio’s first full-length keeps the pedal to the metal with electrifying speed. A …

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An Interview with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die: Complexity Breeds Confidence

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die may be a mouthful of a band name, but the cathartic style of genre-spanning emotional rock.

Their upcoming record, Harmlessness, which drops on Sept. 25, will be the first full-length from the group in two …

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An Interview with Fat Mike of NOFX: Punks In Punks’ Clothing

Over 30 years after the beginning of legendary NOFX and 25 years since the launch of his wildly successful label Fat Wreck Chords, Fat Mike still shows no signs of watering down his no-apologies punk demeanor. In honor of Fat Wreck’s quarter-century of business, NOFX, alongside multiple labelmates such as …

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Lucifer: Dance With The Devil

The European outfit Lucifer proclaim themselves to be “heavy magic rock” on their Facebook page, and their musical style clearly reflects this ambitious concept. Started only last year, Lucifer have already released their debut album, Lucifer I. Johanna Sadonis’ hypnotic vocals accompany robust guitar sounds and obvious Led Zeppelin …

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Chris Botti: The Shape Of Jazz To Come

One of the most accomplished modern jazz musicians will be 3,000 miles away from home when he takes the stage in New Jersey. Portland, Oregon’s own trumpeter Chris Botti has seen great success in his 20-year career, but the last five years have been exceptional to Botti. Since 2010, he …

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Rob Thomas: This Is How A Heart Break

Formerly of Matchbox 20 fame, Rob Thomas has made a name for himself as an incredibly consistent singer/songwriter with a penchant for writing superb radio hits. Songs such as “Streetcorner Symphony” and “Smooth” earned Thomas credibility as a pop-rock artist for their catchy hooks and slick vocals. The singer has …

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Preserving Jazz’s Bright Future

One of the most storied traveling jazz acts in America will be performing on the East Coast throughout August. After celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2012, Preservation Hall Jazz Band released their latest album That’s It! in 2013. Named for a venue in their home city of New Orleans, the …

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Cayucas: Creatures From The Blue Lagoon

Los Angeles-based Cayucas clearly draw inspiration from their endless summer reality on their newest album, Dancing At The Blue Lagoon. The title track smoothly blends a smooth reggae rhythm with warm, beachy percussion and a totally satisfactory use of pop ooo’s. If relaxation is the chief goal of this …

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Interview with Beach Slang: A Very Happy Birthday

2015-3-10 New York City. Bowery Ballroom. Beach Slang and CUrsive. Photo: Greg Pallante

Just over a year ago, a group of veteran Philadelphia musicians came together to start one of today’s most impressive up-and-coming punk groups, Beach Slang. The supergroup began as a trio James Alex, JP Flexner and Ed …

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