The Foxery

From The Horse’s Mouth: Travis Beck (The Foxery) on Unless

When asked to describe The Foxery, each band member contributed one word: Passionate. Intense. Cathartic. Heavy. Genuine. Fun. In a sense, there could be no better way to characterize both the music and the poetically thrashing spirit of the Louisville sextet. Coming on the heels of several independent releases, incessant D.I.Y. touring, and months and months of persistent writing, The … More »

Jonathan Richman

Infested: Review of Pickathon 2014

by Christopher Altenburg Just after the sun went down, The War On Drugs set up on an immaculately handcrafted dome-covered stage constructed of arching, intertwining branches and resembling some form of Endorian gazebo.  Down a trail lit by giant, hanging, circus-like, lanterns, penetrating the forested territory allocated for camping on the 80-acre Pendarvis Family farm, The Woods Stage rests in a clearing equipped with row after ascending row of hay … More »

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) (photo by Derek McNelly)

Sound Check Chat podcast interviews Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)

The Sound Check Chat podcast with Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) was released this week. The podcast is sponsored by Earthquaker Devices ( and Latest Flame ( Access the podcast here: During Gaelic and Medieval times, professional poets and musicians were employed by patrons monarchs and members of high society to tell the stories of their activities and commemorate … More »

From The Horse’s Mouth: Karen Haglof on Western Holiday

Before embarking on her current career as a hematologist/oncologist affiliated with New York University Hospital, Karen Haglof paid years of dues on the rock scenes of her Minneapolis hometown and her beloved New York City. Throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s, she was an active partici­pant in the fervid musical underground of downtown Manhattan. As a guitarist and vocalist, Karen … More »

Homemade Crazy

The Shape Of Rock To Come: Breezy Ortega (Homemade Crazy)

Hailing from a small town in southwest Nebraska, Homemade Crazy is set to release their debut album Synergy on August 19. The band has premiered advance singles on ARTISTdirect (, Guitar World ( and Hear Nebraska (! The 11 dynamic tracks are a mix of indie, punk, pop, and blues elements–with a twist of synth. Homemade Crazy is Breezy Ortega (keyboard synthesis, vocals), Max Kugler (percussion), Aaron … More »

Song Premiere: Pretty & Nice, “Money Music” (Halicon remix)

The dudes in Pretty & Nice recently announced an indefinite hiatus following the release of Infinitely Forever and their shows 8/14 at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY and 8/16 at Great Scott in Allston, MA. If you know anything about this band, or have ever heard or seen them, you know what a monumental bummer this is. Dayton’s halicon (aka. Tim … More »

Paul Collins (photo by Derek Davidson)

Video Premiere: Paul Collins, “I Need My Rock ‘n Roll”

Paul Collins (The Nerves, The Beat) has a new studio album Feel The Noise coming out September 9 via Alive Naturalsound Records. And he’s a guy who’s been around the block. He was one of the progenitors of the early power-pop movement in the ’70s in not one, but three influential bands of that era – The Nerves, The Breakaways and The Beat … More »

Prior (photo by Nick Walker)

From The Horse’s Mouth: Brandon Rush, Kyle Sears (Priory) on their forthcoming album

Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears of Priory met while living in a flophouse, sold everything they had (including their own blood), built out a studio in an old cement factory and made a record that sounds like it was done in a million dollar studio. The guys dealt with family illness, friends dying of drug overdoses, and other hardships, but … More »