A conversation with St. Lucia’s Jean-Philip Grobler

Jean-Philip Grobler has been playing in rock bands since he was 10 years old, though that may not be clearly evident considering he's best known as the mastermind of [...]

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ESTA: Tying in the sound of tomorrow with the songs of past

I first stumbled upon ESTA's music while trying to venture out of my usual genres of interest and into a different sound.

It all seemed to fall together in a [...]

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    ‘Live From the Banana Stand’ video premiere: Social Studies, “Territories” (Part 1 of 4)

‘Live From the Banana Stand’ video premiere: Social Studies, “Territories” (Part 1 of 4)

We are very excited to announce a fun series that we're working on with Portland's Banana Stand Media. BSM is a live music outfit that hosts and records live [...]

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Noise Pop Q&A: Success buys pink suits, new bed for Joywave

There are four things fans of Joywave should know in order to understand the motivations of the Rochester, N.Y. indie rock quintet.

First is that Rochester is the home base [...]

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Into The Pit: Tvsk

Into the Pit is a new series dedicated to showcasing the Bay Area metal scene in its many forms, spanning artists, genres, venues, and locations. This week features stoner [...]

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    This Week In PR: English accents, an underdressed knight, lots of dogs

This Week In PR: English accents, an underdressed knight, lots of dogs

This Week In PR is a column curated by Victor Valle and Jody Amable, celebrating the press releases that caught our eye but we couldn't use. Here are some [...]

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The Thermals reappear to face ‘the end’ on new album

For Hutch Harris, the frontman of longstanding Portland indie rock trio The Thermals, it happened a little over a year ago. Standing onstage, looking into the curious crowd, he [...]

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    The Noise Populist: Carly Rae Jepsen’s underground universalism

The Noise Populist: Carly Rae Jepsen’s underground universalism

What do you call pop music that doesn’t reach the mainstream? As today’s Top 40 continues to be gentrified by esoteric personalities squeezing out populist idealism, chart success seems [...]

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    Q&A: Meet Oakland’s mermaid-loving garage punk duo Dark Beach

Q&A: Meet Oakland’s mermaid-loving garage punk duo Dark Beach

Dark Beach (Photo by Niki Pretti Photography)

Mermaids, monsters, and music: If there could ever be a tagline for Dark Beach, it would be that. But what's so amazing about the East [...]

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    Metric’s ‘last vestige of caring’ prompts ‘Pagans’

Metric’s ‘last vestige of caring’ prompts ‘Pagans’

Pros, cons, and hindsight — Toronto synthpop quartet Metric have never shied away from direction-shaping changes. In 2007, the band ditched a traditional label to start their own distribution [...]

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    Photos & Interview: The Knocks at the Independent, a story of fate, dance, and wild shows

Photos & Interview: The Knocks at the Independent, a story of fate, dance, and wild shows

The Knocks (photo: Ian Young)

Interview with The Knocks: Brittany O’Brien
Wordsmith/Writer: Melanie Mazza

Photos by Ian Young
Portraits by Brittany O'Brien

Many a love story has been set in New York City. This one, [...]

By |February 12, 2016|Comments Off on Photos & Interview: The Knocks at the Independent, a story of fate, dance, and wild shows
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    Bay pays tribute to Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ at 924 Gilman benefit

Bay pays tribute to Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ at 924 Gilman benefit

Since 1989, Jesse Townley has played in numerous East Bay punk bands, such as Blatz, The Gr'ups, The Criminals, and The Frisk. The first time that Townley — known [...]

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