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Gavin Rossdale
Gavin Rossdale

Bush   Throughout the ‘90s—and even today—there are only a handful of bands who actually communicate on a deeper level with their audience through a combination of musical and lyrical content. With six studio albums and a multitude of top ten singles, the multi-platinum and highly successful band, Bush, continues to do just that. The […]

Tove Styrke
Tove Styrke

It’s a packed house at the downtown San Francisco venue Rickshaw Stop. Red curtains line the walls and the psychedelic screened backdrops with intriguing scenes from London’s swinging sixties set the tone for the room and the acts in between each set. The audience waits in anticipation for the Swedish electropop cosmopolitan Tove Styrke. Photographer […]

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

It’s been two years since Zola Jesus (real name Nika Roza Danilova) has taken the stage, and a tangible evolution has since occurred. Emerging from a writing hiatus, nine months of which were spent on the isolated and ethereal Vashon Island in the Puget Sound (Washington state), Danilova spent that time cultivating a new sound: […]

Little Dragon
Little Dragon

Dreaming Under the Northern Lights The three founding members of Little Dragon—drummer Erik Bodin, keyboard and bass player Fred Källgren Wallin and front woman Yukimi Nagano—have been making music together since they met in high school in 1996. Despite growing up in Gothenburg, Sweden, they were drawn together by their love of De La Soul […]

Damien Rice
Damien Rice

At times, one is compelled to examine the working qualities in poetry: beauty, shape, vision and subtlety. Damien Rice’s long awaited album,My Favourite Faded Fantasy, embodies all of the elements of a personal keepsake, allowing the listener to couple with the steady stream of melodic vulnerability. The album’s opening track broods with sincerity, producing a […]

Chic Beats—Fall Fashion Issue
Chic Beats—Fall Fashion Issue

Dark Hawks Dark Hawks bleed “sweet rock ‘n’ roll sensation!” Their explosive sound is backed by vocalist Angelina Anderson, guitarist Matt (Zeggy) Stiegler, Mark Davies on drums, and Buck Neale on bass. The eclectic style and sound stem from Stiegler and Anderson’s time spent in the Hollywood music scene. Originally from Sydney, Australia, the foursome […]

Soul Power
Soul Power

With a style as enigmatic as Bo Diddley and a voice as memorable as Sam Cooke, Curtis Harding’s lyrics are incandescent, drenched in the waters of soul, blues, rock and garage. These elements Harding has managed to effortlessly harness for his debut album entitled, Soul Power. Harding’s sound ignites in explosive detail, describing what it […]

Christopher Owens
Christopher Owens

Funny, intelligent, and sensitive, Christopher Owens’ qualities are as apparent in person as they are in his music. Over our hour-long conversation in the back of a coffee shop on Haight Street in San Francisco, Owens is often smiling and laughing as he sips a cappuccino in a grey Psychedelic Judaism T-shirt, camo jacket and […]

The Proper Ornaments
The Proper Ornaments

Formed of a close partnership between Max Clapps and James Hoare (Veronica Falls), The Proper Ornaments formed in 2010, where they met a few years earlier in a vintage women’s clothing shop in Notting Hill. Hoare recalls, “I worked part time in the shop and Max and his girlfriend came in to steal clothes. She […]

Ty Segall
Ty Segall

There is a revival that is rock and roll, West Coast style: surf rock, psychedelic, neo pop with hints of heavy grunge riffs, intermingled with Bowie-like poetic tones. With labels like Burger Records and Drag City leading the way to rock’s revival, it’s no wonder that Ty Segall (a SoCal native) is leading the pack. […]

Young & Sick
Young & Sick

Young & Sick, aka Nick Van Hofwegen, has been on the road for five months by the time I catch his gig in Denver. Since his first ever concert with a live band this past February, Young & Sick has clocked just under 20,000 miles. New York, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, and now on the […]

Killers in Glitter
Killers in Glitter

It’s May 19th 2007 and a sold-out crowd is celebrating what would have been Joey Ramone’s 56th birthday. The Joey Ramone Birthday Bash Lymphoma Research Fundraiser is underway at Irving Plaza in New York City and new band comprised of iconic musicians, Clem Burke (Blondie), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Earl Slick (Davie Bowie) with […]

Puffer
Puffer

“Life’s a cake,” screams frontman Glenn Wild in “GROTH’s album opener, which is defined as to act in a manner showing that you are frustrated, annoyed, or angry. Not only do you feel every bone in your body rattling along with the drums, every blood cell vibrating to each frivolously deranged guitar pluck, but you’re […]

Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste is a unique individual. Hailing from a celebrated musical family in New Orleans, music runs in his veins. Not just in his blood, but also in his gait, the lilt of his speech and his whole being. He is a singer, virtuoso pianist, composer and bandleader, a Juilliard graduate, “Movado Future Legend” award […]

Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond

Text by Caitlin Clarke Photography by Ameila Troubridge Above & Beyond could easily be called one of the brightest stars in the galaxy of dance music. Named “the biggest DJ/production collective the UK has ever produced” by DJ Magazine, London-based Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness have built an extensive and renowned body of […]

Chet Faker: The Real Deal
Chet Faker: The Real Deal

Text by J. POET Photography by Lisa Frieling Two years ago Nick Murphy, who records as Chet Faker, was working in a bookstore dreaming about having a musical career. He was attending The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, studying to become a recording engineer. In the evening, he was a DJ spinning soul and R&B […]

DJ Chic
DJ Chic

In order to name America’s most stylish DJs, one must consider how to define style. More than owning an expensive wardrobe or knowing about the newest, coolest gadget, style is a distinct way of doing things and the influence it has on others. Truly fashionable producers don’t do what everybody else is doing; they establish […]

Cut Copy
Cut Copy

The Australian group Cut Copy is on its fourth album, Free Your Mind, cemented with their patented filtering of electronics to create a decidedly indie pop confections made for dancing and movement. On the album, Cut Copy’s special brand of dense electronic layers keep their past albums’ danceability strongly in place, but the structures of […]

iamamiwhoami
iamamiwhoami

A velveted rawness emanates from the stage as Jonna Lee releases her first note, searing simultaneously with both emotion and control. The audience, previously teeming with movement from the last artist’s digitalized beats, is still with anticipation; the wonderment in the air is palpable. Lee stands above a growing layer of fog, in front of […]

Ducky
Ducky

San Francisco native Morgan Neiman has been making music as Ducky for as long as she can remember. “I had a pretend bass I used to play when I was seven or eight,” Neiman recalls. “I was always building my own tiny instruments. When I got older, the Postal Service was probably overworked delivering all […]

London Grammar
London Grammar

“Excuse me, excuse me, ‘scuse, ‘scuse,” are the words heard most prior to London Grammar taking the stage at It’s A School Night, an intimate Monday night affair at Bardot Hollywood, as spectators attempt to find standing room. The British trio is making their first U.S. appearance. With the excitement generated by its Metal & […]

This is Resuscitation
This is Resuscitation

The voice of Derek Vincent Smith oozes through the receiver, as if he’s just awoken from a glorious nap. The music maker, better known by his stage name, Pretty Lights, has a new album, many shades different from the ones before. He speaks about A Color Map of the Sun with nonchalance, so familiar with […]

Anna Von Hausswolff
Anna Von Hausswolff

Anna Von Hausswolff is the daughter of experimental Swedish composer and mixed media artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, so her desire to produce genre exploding music may be genetic. Her new album, Ceremony, combines the sound of a church organ with a small rock band, for music that veers from stately classical themes to simple […]

A Super Man With ADD
A Super Man With ADD

Adam Goldberg is pacing the floor as he talks on his cell phone. Today he’s doing interviews to promote his new Goldberg Sisters album, Stranger’s Morning, and helping his friends Darian Zahedi and Jon Safley of The Reflections select the cover art for their new album, Limerence. Goldberg is also doing the final revisions on […]


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