Special Report

The Heart of Darkness; An interview with CaveofswordS

Photo by Adam Newsham St. Louis darkwave trio CaveofswordS produce synth and beat heavy music that is  influenced by forerunners of shoegaze, dream pop, new wave and post punk. Comprised of multi-instrumentalists and family members Sunyatta McDermott, Kvn McDermott and Eric Armbruster, the group started as a writing medium for Kvn who was becoming less and less enthusiastic about his DJ … Continue reading The Heart of Darkness; An interview with CaveofswordS

A Many Splendored Thing; An interview with Chris Slusarenko and John Moen of Eyelids

There is a trend in romantic comedies where the protagonist goes through the gauntlet of dating scenarious, soliciting advice from a best friend who is waiting in the wings along the way. Then some catalyst brings about an epiphany that causes the protagonist to realize they were in love with the best friend all along. That’s not exactly what happened to … Continue reading A Many Splendored Thing; An interview with Chris Slusarenko and John Moen of Eyelids

Show Review: Thursday/Touche Amore/Basement/Cities Aviv, Bogart’s, April 22, 2017

During the encore to Thursday’s set at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, singer Geoff Rickly admitted that their current tour was the first he’d ever done sober and encouraging those in the audience struggling with addiction that he was hopeful they could find healing and peace. With his powerful words resonating with the crowd, it also provided the perfect opportunity to reflect … Continue reading Show Review: Thursday/Touche Amore/Basement/Cities Aviv, Bogart’s, April 22, 2017

Record Store Day 2017 – CZARFACE “First Weapon Drawn”

Record store day 2017 is here!!! Whilst you set your plans to head out to your local indie vinyl provider you can expect to be treated to a bunch of exclusives that have been waiting for this date to be released. The creative folks at Get On Down have once again curated a few titles this year that will flip … Continue reading Record Store Day 2017 – CZARFACE “First Weapon Drawn”

More Than A Feeling; An interview with Shawn O’Connor and Chris Trull of Yowie

Photo by Mabel Suen, Art by Arnulf Rodler St. Louis Missouri trio Yowie is a complete and utter musical enigma. Less a band than a carefully orchestrated brain trust that examines every note, beat and nuance at the micro and macroscopic levels, they are the kind of unit that will spend hours upon hours pouring over a seven second piece … Continue reading More Than A Feeling; An interview with Shawn O’Connor and Chris Trull of Yowie

Giving Warm Fuzzies; An interview with Jeff and Katrina Snyder of Expert Timing

Expert Timing is a passion project that brings together the warmth and chemistry of husband/wife duo Jeff and Katrina Snyder. With Jeff on guitar and Katrina on bass they both share songwriting and vocal duties. With drummer Gibran Colbert behind the kit, the band proudly wears it’s emo and indie rock influences on their sleeves. The band recently released their … Continue reading Giving Warm Fuzzies; An interview with Jeff and Katrina Snyder of Expert Timing

Photos: Robyn Hitchcock/The Psychedelic Furs, Findlay, Ohio, April 10, 2017

“If you want to go on a vacation, the best place to go is to the past,” lamented Robyn Hitchcock to the polite, seated crowd at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay, Ohio, on April 10. The crowd, who didn’t stay seated for long, was treated to the songs of two legacy acts with 40 year careers whose influence … Continue reading Photos: Robyn Hitchcock/The Psychedelic Furs, Findlay, Ohio, April 10, 2017

A Haunting In Cleveland; An interview with Fred Gunn of HIRAM-MAXIM

HIRAM-MAXIM is expecting the worst, and who can blame them. Politically and socially things are getting dark and when the lights go out, that might just be when the nightmare begins. Ghosts, the second LP from the Cleveland band, is a torrent of punishing noise, dark textures, and bleak visions of pain that come in the wake of this darkness. … Continue reading A Haunting In Cleveland; An interview with Fred Gunn of HIRAM-MAXIM

When You Wish Upon A Star; An interview with William Matheny

Storyteller, songwriter–William Matheny, a West Virginia native and longtime keys player for Athens, Ohio, Southeast Engine, has broken out on his own with Strange Constellations, his debut 11-song solo collection of songwriter’s songwriter compositions. Released via Misra in February, Matheny’s songs don’t rest solely on the laurels of his everyman storytelling ability; Jackson Browne pop hooks alternate with alt-country tunes … Continue reading When You Wish Upon A Star; An interview with William Matheny

Mike Adams Talks Ten Bands From Bloomington, Indiana, To Know

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight is the flagship recording project of Mike Adams, a musician, writer, TV host, and humorist from Bloomington, Indiana. Most of his songs are written and recorded by Adams, alone before they are handed off to confidant, Adam Jessup, for further production and polishing. On Casino Drone, his third solo album (released by Joyful Noise … Continue reading Mike Adams Talks Ten Bands From Bloomington, Indiana, To Know