The Estranged

From The Horse’s Mouth: Mark Herman and Keith Testerman (The Estranged) on The Estranged

The Estranged formed in Portland, Oregeon back in the summer of ’06 by Mark Herman (vocals, guitar), Derek Willman (bass) and Keith Testerman (drums). All three were in legendary Portland band Remains Of The Day, and various members are/were in notable Portland bands such as From Ashes Rise, Hellshock, Lebenden Toten, and more. Continuing in The Estranged’s tradition of mutating … More »

Alexz Johnson

From The Horse’s Mouth: Alexz Johnson on Heart EP

After a child-star career acting and singing Alexz Johnson (So Weird, Final Destination 3) was bound for success early on and the momentum continued into her early 20s –  signing major labels deals with Sony, then Epic. A few years older and a few major label-year’s wiser, the soulful/folky songstress is proudly independent. Last Fall she decided to take advantage of … More »

The Honey Trees

From The Horse’s Mouth: Becky Filip and Jacob Wick (The Honey Trees) on Bright Fire

Four years. That’s how long California dreamy pop duo The Honey Trees’ debut LP has been in the making. Such a careful, diligent, even leisurely pace is virtually unheard of in today’s music landscape, where the hype machine churns ever faster. But The Honey Trees weren’t looking for hype; they were looking for magic. And magic takes time. Building on the … More »


From The Horse’s Mouth: Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer (Overlake) on Sighs

  Jersey City, NJ residents Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer bonded over a shared love of ’80s and ’90s indie and alt bands like My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth. This friendship soon led to a musical collaboration and Overlake were born. The duo’s debut album, Sighs, is out April 15 via Killing Horse Records. With the … More »

Emma Ruth Rundle

From The Horse’s Mouth: Emma Ruth Rundle on Some Heavy Ocean

Known for her work in Red Sparowes, Marriages, and The Nocturnes, Emma Ruth Rundle’s first official solo album Some Heavy Ocean presents a collection of impassioned, cathartic songs exorcising the ghosts of one of life’s dark detours.  Melancholic, but equally hopeful and accessible, the album wears its emotions on its sleeve.  One critic described Rundle’s voice as “bone-chilling texture filled … More »

Tiny Empires

From The Horse’s Mouth: Eric Solomon (Tiny Empires) on Weird Headspace

Tiny Empires, a new outfit from O Pioneers!!! founder/vocalist Eric Solomon and New Bruises’ guitarist and Kiss of Death label owner Bryon Lippincott, release their debut album, Weird Headspace, on April 15. Alternative Press, in review of a split EP with Tigers Jaw and what would serve as Tiny Empire’s recording debut, described the young quintet’s music as “brash, dynamic … More »

Sound Check Chat podcast features The 1984 Draft

The Sound Check Chat podcast with The 1984 Draft, went live on April 1 via iTunes and Stitcher.  This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Ghettoblaster Magazine, and Frame Jump Music Videos. Access the podcast here: or Dayton-based rock band The 1984 Draft released their latest EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action … More »

King of Prussia

From The Horse’s Mouth: Brandon Hanick (King Of Prussia) on Zonian Girls…

After a trip to Barcelona, King Of Prussia’s Brandon Hanick returned as a new man of sorts. The time he spent there resulted in 20 songs that the band turned into a double album that is titled Zonian Girls…And The Echoes That Surround Us All. The album comes out April 8 and will be the band’s first release on Minty … More »

Iron Chic (photo by Paul Silver)

Trying To Make It Happen; an interview with Jason Lubrano of Iron Chic

Iron Chic’s long-awaited sophomore full-length, The Constant One, ups the band’s ante, boasting nearly 40 minutes of their heartfelt, signature melodic punk with big buildups, warm harmonies, and gripping climaxes. The band tackles somewhat similar subject matter to 2010?s Not Like This with deeply embedded metaphors hinting at themes of communication, perseverance, and self-worth, This makes their Bridge Nine Records … More »

The 1984 Draft

Video Premiere: The 1984 Draft, “Clear Heads Full Hearts”

On April 1, Dayton-based rock band The 1984 Draft released their latest EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action (84 Nash, She Bears, Tiara).  The EP was recorded at Popside Studio with Micah Carli (guitarist for Hawthorne Heights) in mid-January, 2014. The EP is available via iTunes (, Spotify, eMusic, Rhapsody, and Amazon. The EP sees the … More »