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Blankenberge: Shoegaze Is Everything

7 February 2022

“I believe that all these atmospheric genres like shoegaze and post-rock are like classical music in the world of rock music. When we are listening to it the music brings us some philosophical mood and we are more open to see the beauty of nature and think of some things that are somewhere above our daily life.” – Yana Guselnikova

“I am inspired by Wes Anderson’s films and modern architecture. I like simple forms and bright color combinations.” Daniil Levshin on Blankenberge’s cover art

A Short Conversation with Ash & Eric

7 February 2022

With the gorgeous “Autumn Hymn” video soon to be released and a new album, A Song For Every Sadness following no far behind, I sat down with Ash & Eric to ask them about their musical journey to date, their songwriting process, musical evolution and what the future holds for them.

Interview: Isaac Flynn (Hembree)

4 February 2022

Isaac Flynn’s talent of writing memorable hooks is on full display on Hembree’s new album, It’s a Dream! Flynn shares how he’s spent the last two years honing his craft not only in his new band but when collaborating with other songwriters.

Curt Weiss' Top 5 Favorite New York Dolls Songs

2 February 2022

Curt Weiss, author of ‘Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride,’ shares his five favorite New York Dolls songs.

A Short Conversation with Debra DeMuth of Opal Canyon

2 February 2022

Having made a name for themselves with their excellent debut album Beauty and Loss, and with a new record entitled Tomorrow To The Sea due soon, it was the perfect time to sit down with Debra DeMuth of Opal Canyon to talk about the band’s journey to this point, what it ll means and where it goes next.

Interview: Steve Stevens

1 February 2022

Legendary guitarist Steve Stevens joined The String Revolution on a special cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” to honor guitar hero Randy Rhoads’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stevens talks about his involvement with the project, his early days in NYC, touring with Journey and more.

Interview: Bobby Markos (Cloakroom)

28 January 2022

When he’s not palling around with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Bobby Markos is playing bass with the shoegazing power trio Cloakroom. A decade into their existence, Cloakroom has just released the stunning Dissolution Wave which will undoubtedly appeal to Hum, Failure, Swervedriver and Nothing fans.

Carolina Hidalgo's Top 5 Favorite Funny Punk Musicians

27 January 2022

Carolina Hidalgo, co-host of the No Dogs in Space music history podcast, shares her five favorite funny punk musicians.

A short conversation with Douglas Wayne

26 January 2022

With the new album Coyote along in a few month and a flurry of singles, including the current “HEY YA’LL,” scheduled to prepare the way, it felt like the perfect time to sit down and talk with Douglas Wayne about his musical journey, the way that he comments on the world around him through his music, environmentalism, recording an album in a locked down world and everything in between.

Interview: The Dollyrots

21 January 2022

The Dollyrots have cleared out their closet with the release of Down the Rabbit Hole featuring 20 years worth of unreleased tracks, demos, B-sides and covers. Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas share how the pandemic had some silver linings as they balance being in a punk-rock band with being parents.

Mo Troper's Top 5 Favorite Portland Albums

20 January 2022

Singer/songwriter and writer Mo Troper shares his five favorite albums from Portland, Oregon.

Eli Young Band

Interview: Jon Jones of Eli Young Band

19 January 2022

Eli Young Band bassist Jon Jones discusses the band’s unique, uplifting sound, their latest music – and why everyone should give country music a chance

Interview: Jan Lüftner (There's A Light)

18 January 2022

Despite the ongoing global pandemic, German post-rock band There’s A Light managed to not only record a new album in 2021 but signed a deal with Napalm Records for worldwide distribution. Drummer Jan Lüftner talks about the album’s theme, shooting videos and the music that inspired him in 2021.

Ken Layne's Top 5 Favorite Mood-Setting Records for the American Desert

13 January 2022

Ken Layne, host of ‘Desert Oracle’ radio, shares five of his favorite desert albums.

Melanie Makaiwi's Top 5 Favorite Black Sabbath Songs

7 January 2022

Black Sabbitch bassist Melanie Makaiwi shares her five favorite Black Sabbath songs to perform live.

Best In Metal 2021 Interview: Der Weg Einer Freiheit

29 December 2021

In touching base with Nikita Kamprad, mastermind of black-metal phenoms Der Weg Einer Freiheit, we found rays of hope amid the never-ending COVID pandemic.

John M. Borack's Top 5 Favorite 'Get Back' Moments

29 December 2021

‘Beatles 100’ author John M. Borack shares his Top 5 favorite moments from ‘The Beatles: Get Back’

Interview: Ricky Young (The Wild Feathers)

26 December 2021

With the Spirit of the South tour, originally scheduled for 2020, postponed until 2021, The Wild Feathers used the down time to record it’s fourth full-length, Alvarado, and score a deal with New West Records. Singer/guitarist Ricky Young talks about recording the album and touring with big names.

Peter Gill's Top 5 Favorite Power Pop Albums

22 December 2021

Peter Gill, front man for Philadelphia’s 2nd Grade, shares his Top 5 favorite power pop albums.

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Interview: Pia Fraus

17 December 2021

Acclaimed Estonian dreampop/indie pop outfit Pia Fraus recently released a freshly re-recorded compilation album that celebrates their debut LP.

Parry Gripp's Top 5 Favorite Weird Al Songs

17 December 2021

Parry Gripp shares his Top 5 Favorite Weird Al Yankovic songs.

Interview: Kevin Whelan (Aeon Station)

10 December 2021

While we all wish for new music from The Wrens, things are a bit complicated these days. But, half of the songs on Aeon Station’s new album, Observatory, were written by Kevin Whelan for The Wrens so fans should savor the moment that has been 18 years in the making.

Jesse Malin & Friends

Jesse Malin & Friends Discuss Their Holiday Shows Benefitting Howie Pyro

9 December 2021

Jesse Malin and a slew of other stars talk about their upcoming holiday shows in New York and L.A. to benefit musician and DJ Howie Pyro

Brian Walsby's Top 5 Favorite Punk Drummers

7 December 2021

Artist, cartoonist and drummer Brian Walsby shares his Top 5 favorite punk drummers.

Interview: Kellii Scott (Failure)

2 December 2021

After taking a 17-year-break, Failure returned in 2014 and with the release of Wild Type Droid, the third album since reuniting, the band has now equaled the output from the first part of their career. Drummer Kellii Scott checks in to talk about the new album, the songwriting process, and why saying “yes” is his guiding force in life.

Spike Slawson's Top 5 Favorite Panettone/Pandoro

2 December 2021

‘Tis The Season: Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) shares his Top 5 Favorite Panettone/Pandoro

Interview: Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

29 November 2021

Zakk Wylde talks about the ballads on the Black Label Society’s eleventh album, Doom Crew Inc., the artists that influenced his songwriting, having fun while shooting videos and who he wants to induct him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Alison Braun's Top 5 Punk Bands To Photograph

Alison Braun's Top 5 Favorite Punk Bands To Photograph

24 November 2021

If a legendary punk band played a gig in Hollywood during the early ‘80s, a teenaged Alison Braun was probably there with her camera.

Palm Ghosts

Interview: Joseph Lekkas (Palm Ghosts)

23 November 2021

Earlier this month, Palm Ghosts released it’s second album of 2021, The Lost Frequency. Joseph Lekkas shares the story behind both albums, discusses the ’80s influence found in the band’s music, and reveals what it will take to feel like the band has “made it”.

Jim Ruland—Top 5 Punk Books

Jim Ruland's Top 5 Favorite Punk Books

18 November 2021

Jim Ruland, author of Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records, tells us about his Top 5 favorite punk books.

Interview: Dan Hawkins (The Darkness)

17 November 2021

Fresh off a late 2019 release, The Darkness return with more stadium-ready hard rock on Motorheart. Guitarist Dan Hawkins discusses what it’s like to return to playing shows, how the band has stayed relevant for 20 years, ’80s references that can be found throughout the album and 2022 tour plans.

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Interview: Chip Z’Nuff of Enuff Z’Nuff

12 November 2021

Enuff Z’Nuff bassist/vocalist Chip Z’Nuff discusses the band’s latest release, Enuff Z’Nuff’s Hardrock Nite, covering songs by *The Beatles and their related projects

Frank Turner—Top 5 Venues

Frank Turner's Top 5 Favorite Venues

11 November 2021

English folk-punk troubadour, Frank Turner, tells us his Top 5 favorite venues from around the world.

Interview: Christian Glakas (Merciful Heavens)

9 November 2021

Christian Glakas shares the journey he’s been on, with many regenerations, that ultimately resulted in his new EP, For Now, released under the Merciful Heavens name.

Hanson

Interview: Taylor Hanson

5 November 2021

Hanson singer/keyboardist Taylor Hanson discusses the band’s seventh studio album, Against the World, and the importance of determination and a positive attitude

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Jenn Alva's Top 5 Favorite Punk Singers

4 November 2021

Fea bassist and co-founder, Jenn Alva, shares her Top 5 favorite punk singers.

Joey Cape—Top 5 Tour Restaurants

Joey Cape's Top 5 Favorite Tour Restaurants

2 November 2021

Lagwagon frontman, Joey Cape, shares five favorite restaurants to visit while on the road.

Interview: Justin Osborne (SUSTO)

29 October 2021

Justin Osborne of SUSTO believes that his band’s newest release, Time in the Sun, finds the band at the point that he always dreamed of in the early days. Though often lumped into the Americana category, SUSTO’s music is a reflection of Osborne’s upbringing in the coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina.

Interview: Monolord

29 October 2021

“If you reflect on the world and see what we’ve done to it, we’ve already burned it to the ground, so it’s better to leave it to the next generation to really do something good to it. It’s their time to shine because we couldn’t save it.”

Cutthroat Brothers - Like a Zombie

Jason Cutthroat's Top 5 Favorite Zombie Movies

28 October 2021

Jason Cutthroat, half of the diabolical blues punk duo known as The Cutthroat Brothers, tells us all about his Top 5 favorite zombie movies.

Interview: Lilly Hiatt

25 October 2021

A year after releasing her fourth album, the critically-acclaimed Walking Proof, Lilly Hiatt is back with an all-new collection of songs for New West Records. Lately was released in October and Lilly’s finally able to get back on the road, something she really missed during the pandemic.

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Interview: Singer-Songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan

20 October 2021

Aaron Lee Tasjan discusses his fall solo acoustic tour, his remarkably eclectic and wide-ranging approach to songwriting, and connecting with listeners through positivity

Royston Langdon

Interview: Royston Langdon

18 October 2021

Royston Langdon discusses his new six-song EP, Chains, as well as his career overall

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Interview: The Verve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark

15 October 2021

The Verve Pipe frontman *Brian Vander Ark” discusses the band’s new studio album, Threads, and looks back on their hit “The Freshman” and other career highlightsVerve Pipe photo 2

Interview: Pokey LaFarge

14 October 2021

Always writing for the next album, Pokey LaFarge was ready to record once touring came to a halt in 2020. Incorporating worldly influences (rocksteady, Caribbean, etc), LaFarge’s 7th album, In the Blossom of Their Shade is a silver lining born out of the pandemic.

SWIMM

Interview: SWIMM frontman Chris Hess

10 October 2021

Chris Hess of dream rock band SWIMM discusses making it through pandemic isolation and getting back to shows, their upcoming new album, and the group’s origin story

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Interview: Jude Cole

9 October 2021

Singer-songwriter Jude Cole discusses the two albums he’s released this year – his first new releases in more than twenty years – as well as his successful career managing Lifehouse and others

Interview: Ethan Miller (Howlin Rain)

8 October 2021

As has been the case with every Howlin Rain release, The Dharma Wheel is filled with groovy psychedelic jams that evoke everything from the Allman Brothers to ’70s conversion vans with shag carpeting to James Bond theme songs. Ethan Miller talks about how his musical upbringing brought him to where he is today.

Interview: Emily Wolfe

6 October 2021

After wowing the blues-rock world with her self-titled debut, Emily Wolfe sets to broaden her appeal by bringing elements of pop-rock to her latest album, Outlier.