Special Report

Austin City Limits Festival 2012 — Day One Recap

(Editor’s Note: The lovely Nora Spitznogle visited the Austin City Limits Festival 2012 and has provided recaps of all the action.  Here’s what she saw/heard on day one…) Austin City Limits Fest 2012 – Day One It was a hot and muggy day in Zilker Park but the crowd of 70,000-ish music fans didn’t seem to mind, crowding close to … Continue reading Austin City Limits Festival 2012 — Day One Recap

Interview: Elliott Frazier of Ringo Deathstarr

    When some musicians grow up, they abandon teen angst and volume picking up those dusty acoustic guitars, trying desperately to channel Neil Young and Springsteen.  Others remain comfortable in their well worn Nirvana shirts, channeling age and experience into faster and louder mind-melting exploits.  The phenomenon that fits Ringo Deathstarr, a trio whose output nods to the fuzzy … Continue reading Interview: Elliott Frazier of Ringo Deathstarr

Interview: Kevin Byers of Morning Again

When 1981 Clothing announced the lineup for this year’s Bringin’ It Back For The Kids Fest 2, my eyes went immediately to one listing on the lineup: Morning Again.  Not only because of the significant impact the band had on the ‘90s hardcore scene, but because I know those dudes (my brother was briefly a vocalist in a band with … Continue reading Interview: Kevin Byers of Morning Again

Interview: Max Bemis of Say Anything

When I first received Say Anything’s Is A Real Boy from Doghouse Records almost ten years ago, it was perhaps one of the most unexpected surprises of career as a music writer.  Say Anything brainchild Max Bemis possessed a sound that put him immediately in league with legendary and heroic bands like Queen and distanced him from 99 percent of … Continue reading Interview: Max Bemis of Say Anything

Interview: Evan Cranley of Stars

  Stars are lovers not fighters.  And operating under the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid) when it comes to the ingredients of a compelling pop song, Stars’ narratives have long told stories of love, beauty, relationships while the music soars with sweeping bombast.  Remarkably, the band manages to sound fresh despite the fact that their sound has rarely veered … Continue reading Interview: Evan Cranley of Stars

Interview: COMP-B of Grey Market

Grey Market, the Ohio-based rapper/DJ trio consisting of Dialogue, Wes (Dub) Hunter, and COMP-B, have been gaining momentum in the Buckeye State since their formation in January 2012.  While their current stomping grounds of Athens, Ohio, a college town in Appalachia, is certainly no Compton, Brooklyn or Orange County, these dudes realize it and use it to their advantage.  In … Continue reading Interview: COMP-B of Grey Market

Interview: Fatoumata Diawara

Some artists are a Jack of many trades, but clearly excel at one.  In comparison, charismatic and versatile talent like Fatoumata Diawara, who at 28-years-old has already had wildly successful careers as a dancer and actress, and who is a rising star in African music is the kind of sparkling phenomenon that is enviable, if not nearly completely unheard of.  … Continue reading Interview: Fatoumata Diawara

Interview: Jenn Alva of Girl In A Coma

San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma began their journey when vocalist Nina Diaz joined the band at age 13.  Best friends Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz met in junior high school art class, bonding over a mutual love of the Smiths, Nirvana, and skipping school. All they needed was a singer. Enter Nina, Phanie’s little sister. Nina blew them away … Continue reading Interview: Jenn Alva of Girl In A Coma

Interview: COMP-B of Grey Market

Athens, Ohio, a rural college town in Southeast, Ohio overrun with beer guzzling liberal arts students may not seem like the ideal breading grounds for a hip-hop trio…or maybe it is.  Athens’ Grey Market, a crew named after the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are unofficial, unauthorized, or unintended by the original manufacturer, emerged from … Continue reading Interview: COMP-B of Grey Market

Downtown Revival – Saturday & Sunday, September 8-9 in Dayton, Ohio

Downtown Revival – Saturday & Sunday, September 8-9 in Dayton, OH By David C. Obenour As Ghettoblaster’s editor, I am proud to choose to be based out of Dayton, Ohio. Not New York City, not Los Angeles, not Chicago and not even Cleveland – no disrespect to any of those places, two of which I’ve lived in – but I’m happy … Continue reading Downtown Revival – Saturday & Sunday, September 8-9 in Dayton, Ohio