New Music From Melpo Mene

Posted on Jan 27, 2021
New Music From Melpo Mene

Swedish-born, Los Angeles-based Melpo Mene (pronounced men-ay) brings an unparalleled authenticity and self-awareness to his music. His music offers warm synths, atmospheric guitars, sensitive vocals, and generous words for a sort of humble yet authoritative therapy. Mene has seen numerous successes over the past years; he wrote the original theme song for the second season of […]

Wayne Coyne Tells Popmatters About Worry, Freetime, and American Head

Posted on Jan 27, 2021
Wayne Coyne Tells Popmatters About Worry, Freetime, and American Head

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips is often very generous during interviews, and a recent one with Popmatters is no exception. The conversation took place last year, as the band was beginning to promote new LP American Head. “Like the best work the band have done, there is an honest quality to it, a sense […]

Under The Radar Premieres The New Video From James Yorkston And The Second Hand Orchestra

Posted on Jan 27, 2021
Under The Radar Premieres The New Video From James Yorkston And The Second Hand Orchestra

As Under The Radar reports, “There Is No Upside” was the first song James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra recorded when they got together to play in Sweden for the sessions that would become new LP The Wide, Wide River. “I simply asked the band to react to what I was singing,” Yorkston says, […]

Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston Talks with NZCA Lines On Talkhouse

Posted on Jan 27, 2021
Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston Talks with NZCA Lines On Talkhouse

If you like Braids‘ frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston, then you’ll want to check out her conversation with producer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Lovett (aka NZCA Lines) on a recent Talkhouse podcast. Braids’ album Shadow Offering, which they worked on for a long time, came out near the beginning of the global pandemic. “It was this interesting place that we […]

New Music From James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra

Posted on Jan 26, 2021
New Music From James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra

James Yorkston is a prolific writer who has worked with a wealth of talent over his two-decade career including Four Tet, Alexis Taylor, KT Tunstall, Rustin Man, Simon Raymonde, Norma and Mike Waterson, Martin Carthy, Max Cooper, David Wrench and others; and James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra’s The Wide, Wide River is the result […]

Mxdwn and New Noise Enjoy L.A. Witch’s “Motorcycle Boy”

Posted on Jan 26, 2021
Mxdwn and New Noise Enjoy L.A. Witch’s “Motorcycle Boy”

Mxdwn digs “Motorcycle Boy,” the new music video from L.A. Witch that was released just yesterday. “Sade Sanchez’s vocals slink across the track, helping to create a wicked feel to the track. The girls dance in a ’50s rock ‘n roll aesthetic during portions of the video, heavy guitar riffs and clanging drums amplifying the track’s […]

Pluralone Speaks With The Vinyl Guide

Posted on Jan 26, 2021
Pluralone Speaks With The Vinyl Guide

Josh Klinghoffer, the brains, hands, and voice behind Pluralone, is a veteran musician who has spent time in the LA underground with Dot Hacker, on stage at festivals and arenas with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and in the studio with the likes of Warpaint, PJ Harvey, and Butthole Surfers. It’s no surprise, then, that […]

Secret Meeting Shares Leif Vollebekk’s “Long Blue Light”

Posted on Jan 26, 2021
Secret Meeting Shares Leif Vollebekk’s “Long Blue Light”

“Canadian songwriter Leif Vollebekk has been quietly prolific since the release of his last long player – the acclaimed New Ways – in November of [2019],” Secret Meeting notes. “Inspired by a willingness to document the inspirations of sex, violence, tenderness and rebirth, Vollebekk has used the time afforded him in 2020 to revisit some […]

New Music From The Smoking Flowers

Posted on Jan 25, 2021
New Music From The Smoking Flowers

There are not enough words to describe the intrinsic chemistry Kim and Scott Collins possess. As The Smoking Flowers, the East Nashville-based couple has discovered what some duos spend their entire careers trying to find: a fascinating marriage between artistic talent and subtle sensuality that pierces the attention of anyone in the same room as […]

BBC Covers Flaming Lips’ Bubble Shows

Posted on Jan 25, 2021
BBC Covers Flaming Lips’ Bubble Shows

The BBC has an overview of Flaming Lips‘ first full-sized, full-length bubble shows. They took place last week in Oklahoma City, with the show’s attendees stuffing themselves into human-sized plastic bubbles like the ones originally used by Wayne Coyne to crowd-surf at ‘normal’ Flaming Lips concerts before the pandemic. Check out the report, which includes […]

CLASH Shares L.A. Witch’s Roaring New Vid

Posted on Jan 25, 2021
CLASH Shares L.A. Witch’s Roaring New Vid

CLASH Music has the new video from L.A. Witch, from their 2020 LP Play With Fire. According to the site, “album highlight ‘Motorcycle Boy’ is a dreamy offering, a succinct three minute diorama of the band’s illicit thrills.The three-piece charge head-long towards the horizon, somehow keeping their cool amid the sonic bedlam.” According to the […]

The Big Takeover Finds Familiar Fire In Thee Mighty Angels’ New LP

Posted on Jan 25, 2021
The Big Takeover Finds Familiar Fire In Thee Mighty Angels’ New LP

David Newton and Thee Mighty Angels have a sweet review in the new print edition of The Big Takeover, pictured here on @theemightyangels Instagram account. “As a lapsed Mighty Lemon Drops fan,” the reviewer writes, “I was thrilled to find familiar fire in [these] songs… even while hearing how Newton’s approach has evolved from ’80s post […]

The Flaming Lips, Playing Bubble Shows This Week, Talk To American Songwriter

Posted on Jan 20, 2021
The Flaming Lips, Playing Bubble Shows This Week, Talk To American Songwriter

Last year, we told you about The Flaming Lips‘ bubble concerts, which they tested to stunning success on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This week, the band is set to perform two full bubble shows in Oklahoma, and Wayne Coyne recently spoke to American Songwriter to mark the occasion. In the interview, Coyne explained that […]

Fred Sprinkle Shares His Experience With The Microphones

Posted on Jan 20, 2021
Fred Sprinkle Shares His Experience With The Microphones

Phil Elverum‘s music has always been deeply personal, which helps to explain why it inspires such personal responses. We’ve shared many long essays by fans of his work, from the achingly painful Mount Eerie albums A Crow Looked At Me and Now Only to last year’s epic, ruminative The Microphones in 2020. Here‘s an interesting […]

Sweet Relief Thanks The Road Angel Project

Posted on Jan 20, 2021
Sweet Relief Thanks The Road Angel Project

“It’s been incredible to see the music community come together during this pandemic, and [The Road Angel Project] is another example of good people doing good things,” says Aric Steinberg of The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Founded in 1993 to assist Victoria Williams with medical bills after an MS diagnosis, the fund has grown to […]

Dagger Zine Loves David Newton

Posted on Jan 18, 2021
Dagger Zine Loves David Newton

“Despite the title,” A Gateway To A Lifetime of Disappointment, which is admittedly a bit maudlin, Dagger Zine writes that the new album from David Newton and The Mighty Angels is “the furthest thing from a disappointment and let’s hope he keeps the project going.” The record, the first full length from the former Mighty […]

Westword Chats With Wayne Coyne About American Head

Posted on Jan 18, 2021
Westword Chats With Wayne Coyne About American Head

Denver’s alt-weekly, Westword, caught up with Wayne Coyne around the time his Flaming Lips released American Head last fall. The record is a bit more autobiographical than previous Lips offerings, as its impressionistic lyrics are rooted in Coyne’s upbringing in Oklahoma, including a near-death experience he had as a teenage Long John Silver’s employee. Get […]

Sol y Canto Plans To Play Online Fundraiser Next Month

Posted on Jan 18, 2021
Sol y Canto Plans To Play Online Fundraiser Next Month

Sol y Canto is set to perform on Friday, Feb 12 at a virtual fundraiser concert to benefit Cambridge Local First. According to its website, CLF is “a non-profit network of locally owned and independent businesses formed in October 2005 to build a strong local economy and a vibrant community.” Of course Sol y Canto, […]

La Vague Parallèle Interviews Pluralone’s Josh Klinghoffer

Posted on Jan 18, 2021
La Vague Parallèle Interviews Pluralone’s Josh Klinghoffer

La Vague Parallèle has been championing Josh Klinghoffer‘s Pluralone project since the beginning, raving about his 2019 debut LP To Be One With You and the follow-up, 2020’s I Don’t Feel Well. At the end of last year, the site had a Zoom meeting with Klinghoffer. They had a great conversation, and Klinghoffer’s humility and […]

Wayne Coyne Goes Deep With Atwood Magazine

Posted on Jan 11, 2021
Wayne Coyne Goes Deep With Atwood Magazine

Atwood Magazine has a long interview with Wayne Coyne, whose Flaming Lips released American Head last year. “Speaking with Coyne,” writes interviewer Jordan Catagnus, “revealed his most vital quality, that which I believe has contributed greatly to his band’s music becoming so beloved through the years; he is truly a sensitive person with a keen […]

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