The Fourth Wall

Song Premiere: The Fourth Wall, “Live Again”

Originally from Hawaii, the Fourth Wall members Stephen Agustin, Kasey Shun, and Paul Brittain, made their way east to the Pacific Northwest, planting their music roots in Portland, Oregon where they met new drummer Max Lilien, in 2012.  The band is set to release Lovely Violence, a fine shoegazing effort whose knack for melodies would fit well on a mix … More »


From The Horse’s Mouth: Janie Price (Bird) on Figments of Our Imagination

Janie Price, aka Bird, is a half English, half Irish London based singer/song writer and multi-instrumentalist and will release her third album, Figments of Our Imagination on August 14. Figments of Our Imagination showcases Bird’s musical prowess as she plays every recorded instrument on the album herself. The album was produced by legendary Rolling Stones board-man Chris Kimsey in London … More »

Sea Cycles

Picture Perfect; An interview with Josh Wessolowski of Sea Cycles

Jacksonville, Florida’s Sea Cycles create picturesque music that is elaborate and ornate; their goal is to create an atmosphere or feeling that stays in the mind’s eye in vivid color. Formed in late 2011 the band began releasing their brand of ambient synth pop via their self-released debut EP What We Came For. After catching the attention of Other People Records, … More »


Stomping Grounds: Taylor Iversen (Abrams) on Denver, Colorado

Denver trio Abrams released their debut album Lust. Love. Loss., on June 16. Described thusly “post-hardcore, filtered through big Melvins-esque guitar rigs… Abrams find the sweet spot on their independent debut, Lust. Love. Loss., about midway between Hot Snakes and Blood Mountain-era Mastodon, and toss in some great lyrics as well,” the Colorado band is simply a force to be … More »

Knotfest 2015 announces lineup

The lineup has been announced for Knotfest 2015, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Here’s the festival itinerary: Saturday, October 24th: Stage 001: Judas Priest Korn Mastodon Trivium Corrosion Of Conformity special guest TBA Stage 002: At The Gates Body Count Red Fang Battlecross Stage … More »

Eszter Balint (photo by Eric Schneider)

From The Horse’s Mouth: Eszter Balint on Airless Midnight

Singer/songwriter/actress extraordinaire Eszter Balint is set to release her long-overdue third album, Airless Midnight, on July 10. It was recorded in late 2014 and early 2015 in New York’s Brooklyn Recording and Richmond’s Montrose Recording, produced by JD Foster, and features masterful and provocative guitar work from Chris Cochrane, Marc Ribot, Dave Schramm, as well as distinctive vocal contributions from … More »

Ancient Warfare (photo by Ann Sydney Taylor)

From The Horse’s Mouth: Echo Wilcox (Ancient Warfare) on The Pale Horse

In the winter of 2010, Echo Wilcox approached Duane Lundy of Shangri-La Productions with a compilation of loosely established songs. At the time a student of photography and motion graphics at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Wilcox’s composition process was heavily informed by translating traditional visuals into conceptual soundscapes. Lundy, a long-time friend and collaborator, remained producer/engineer of … More »

Marmot vs. Mammoth

How Do You Define Survive?; An interview with Jon Kilian and Chris Pierson of Marmot vs. Mammoth

Marmot vs. Mammoth (MvsM) is a band that wears its influences proudly, though those influences are broad and expertly melded, and you may not initially recognize them. Imagine the rosters of stalwart ’90s labels Touch & Go, Dischord, and Swami. Toss in some post-metal and hardcore, followed by AC/DC and Black Sabbath. Oh, and The Meters, too. What results is … More »


Song Premiere: Nervosas, “The Well”

Hard-touring Ohio dark art-punks Nervosas will release their second self-titled LP on July 10 via Dirtnap Records. It marks an improvement on Nervosas’ (already awesome) first album in every way. The fast songs are meaner and more aggressive, the slower songs are more textured and atmospheric. Impeccable recording, truly impressive musicianship and songwriting inspiration to burn. This goes way, way … More »

Hawking (photo by Brett Alexander)

Making A Scene; An interview with Tom Vanderkam of Hawking

Vancouver-based progressive indie rock band Hawking is an enigmatic and sophisticated band that admittedly still struggles to find its “scene.” Too musically academic for punk rock, but a little too punk for indie sets, the band crafts atmospheric guitar rock that is just different enough to distinguish it from any crowd, but familiar enough to satisfy a variety of audiences. … More »