Music

Loveskills (photo by Lizzy Snaps Sullivan)

From The Horse’s Mouth: Richard Spitzer (Loveskills) on Pure EP

Brooklyn-based producer Loveskills creates a unique style of music that has proven to be quite difficult to pin down, blending together elements of electronica infused R&B with pop sensibilities and occasional hints of hip hop. His 2013 release, the aptly titled Multiplicity, was described as everything from “a modern day pop furore” to “a diverse extra-sensory experience” to “a fusion … More »

Black Light White Light

From The Horse’s Mouth: Martin Ejlersten (Black Light White Light) on Gold Into Dreams

Black Light White Light excels at blending distorted ‘90s shoegaze rock with jangly West Coast ‘60s-inspired pop. Such a bohemian blend of musical influences is heard throughout the Danish trio’s latest effort, Gold Into Dreams, which dropped in the U.S. on October 14. At the core of Black Light White Light is singer/guitarist Martin Ejlersten, currently rounded out by brothers … More »

Grammar

From The Horse’s Mouth: Barrie Lindsay (Grammar) on Grammar EP

Grammar is the project of 24-year-old Barrie Lindsay. Lindsay grew up outside of Boston and studied music theory and composition at Wesleyan in Connecticut. She formed Grammar her senior year as part of her thesis, where it took the shape of a 15-piece orchestral chamber pop group. After graduating, Lindsay worked as a studio assistant for the sculptor George Sherwood … More »

Brian Lopez

From The Horse’s Mouth: Brian Lopez on Static Noise

  Brian Lopez returns from his eclectic debut record Ultra with a more focused sense of songwriting and a direct, potent rock ‘n’ roll sound. Lopez wrote Static Noise over more than two years, producing dozens of songs before choosing the best compositions, narrowing the album’s focus and capitalizing on his guitar and vocal talents. Lopez, whose voice recalls the … More »

The New Old-Fashioned

That’s Home For Me: An interview with David Payne of The New Old-Fashioned

The New Old-Fashioned is a rock and roll and alt-country band from Dayton, Ohio. Led by vocalist and songwriter David Payne, the voices and instruments of Kent Montgomery (guitar), Tom Blackbern (bass) and Matt Oliver (drums) are very present in the New Old-Fashioned’s signature sound: big, choral vocal harmonies atop a thick Americana backdrop. Upon first listen, TNOF’s primary influences … More »

The Burgeoning

From The Horse’s Mouth: Logan Thierjung (The Burgeoning) on Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm

The Burgeoning’s name represents their musical M.O.; they are a fresh take on what rock means in this generation’s musical landscape. The Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based band’s never-ending pursuit of adventure and self-discovery drives their signature brand of poppy yet inventive indie rock. The four-piece is made up of brothers Logan and Alex Thierjung on vocals and bass respectively, lead guitarist Mark … More »

Ugly Kids Club

The Song Is King; An interview with Steve Wilson and Aliegh Shields of Ugly Kids Club

Ugly Kids Club is made up of bright, yet haunting vocalist, Aliegh Shields, and Grammy-nominated rock producer, Steve Wilson. Experimenting with all the little sounds they love, from whimsical soundscapes to lush ’80s synths, the Nashville-based duo crafts electro-pop driven tunes for ultimate enjoyment. Think pop-grunge band formed by Madonna, Andy Warhol and M83. The pair formed in 2011 over … More »

Sunbears

From The Horse’s Mouth: Jonathan Berlin (Sunbears) on Future Sounds

Joyous, uplifting, almost (dare we say) spiritual. All words to describe Jacksonville, FL’s psych-pop outfit Sunbears… The band has amassed a devoted national following after years of touring, critically lauded releases, and of course, their sensory stimulating live shows. 2014 continues to be a banner year for the band; they hit the Spring festival circuit, celebrating a five-year anniversary with … More »

Frameworks

Making Connections; An interview with Luke Pate of Frameworks

(This feature originally ran in Ghettoblaster print, issue 38.  Issue 39 hits shelves very soon.) Long recognized as a punk and hardcore mecca, a legacy strengthened by a yearly punk pilgrimage to the area (The Fest), Gainesville, Florida isn’t an unlikely locale for a post hardcore quintet like Frameworks. Being born and bred of that environment, and with the reputation … More »