Posts Tagged ‘vol 20.5’
Street Pulse: San Francisco
Street Pulse: San Francisco

We turn the spotlight to local homegrown faves. With Mom on their side, these up-and-comers share their favorite music, thoughts on touring and stage style. The stage is a sanctuary for harnessing energy, and contemplating weighty issues like pandemic viruses. 1 What do you think about when you’re onstage? 2 What does your mom think […]

Alan Vega
Alan Vega

Photograph by Kava Gorna Alan Vega has been making people all over the world shudder with anxiety and awe through his cathartic musical intuition for over 35 years. As one half of the monolithic duo Suicide, as a solo artist and as a collaborator, Vega has confronted audiences with his legendary brand of off-the-wall howling […]

Last Word
Last Word

Credit is not always appropriately allotted, but Tom Verlaine’s seminal New York band Television literally founded the CBGB’s punk scene. Initially playing cool virtuoso to Richard Hell’s gutter poet, the revered guitarist went on to craft an enigmatic solo career which included work with Jeff Buckley. His anxious vocal delivery and frenetic guitar style have […]

An Evening of Friends at Mars Bar
An Evening of Friends at Mars Bar

In the grand SOMA tradition of uniting the prettiest guests in the Bay Area, on May 25th, the partygoers enjoyed a night of mingling, dancing and partying at Mars Bar in San Francisco. The Cielo tequila was flowing and the dance floor was packed.

Aural Simulation Pattern
Aural Simulation Pattern

Photographs by Ruvan

She’s a Rainbow
She's a Rainbow

Photographs by David Roemer  Fashion Editor Rachel Gilman Sisley jacket (with faux fur collar) Southpaw*Pawe-wa blue denim vest Lisa Levine silver necklaces Diesel gold lurex leggings Nooka watch  Diesel sleeveless studded denim jumpsuit Marc Jacobs silk blouse Sisley printed dress United Bamboo black vest Lauren Wolf silver crescent necklace and cuff bracelets Lisa Levine silver […]

Gimme Shelter
Gimme Shelter

Photographs by Alexandra Carr  Fashion Editor Naima Difranco imitation of christ light wash denim dress dkny tights. a&g cashmere black wool cropped jacket with embroidered sleeves. shelly steffee jersey sleeveless dress. costume national nude blazer with black mesh overlay blazer, black fishnet strapless bra with crystal beading and black bloomers. giuseppe zanotti heels. doori ruffled […]

Sound Check
Sound Check

Joan of Arc Eventually, All at Once (Record Label) Joan of Arc’s insistence on turning lyrical concepts inside out via Tim Kinsella’s high-concept lyrical mind-fucks and their tendency to masturbate structure-less riffs into oblivion always begs confrontation. But perhaps it’s unfair to accuse the band of provocation; they make art-rock (at this point, more the […]

Green Mind
Green Mind

Text by Duggan McDonnell Photograph by Lukka Feldman Don’t take this the wrong way. Really. I know, I know, Earth Day came and went, and no one batted an eye. Recycling is as de rigeur as brushing one’s teeth. Styrofoam hardly exists anymore. Your bartender is asking if you’d prefer your cosmopolitan shaken with organic […]

BOLERO
BOLERO

Text by Duggan McDonnell Photograph by Sara Remington Summer is the time of burgeoning and lasting heat. The day waxes longer, the sun sets, but the heat of the season remains. It is on these nights that I pretend to be of Latin blood, that I am a bullfighting torero, that I wish to be […]

The Furious Afrirampo
The Furious Afrirampo

Text by Douglas Hargrave The Japanese sisters of Afrirampo are a force to be reckoned with. Onstage, the duo emit a wild, raw energy that could generate enough electricity to power a small cabin. They sweat, sing and scream at each other, swallow microphones and get your heart pounding. Their stripped down blast of rock […]

Six Organs of Admittance
Six Organs of Admittance

Text by Mila Zuo Photograph by Alissa Anderson ­While Ben Chasny may consider himself more of a music fan than a musician, his impact on underground music is undeniable. In this year alone, the busy songwriter tours with psych-prog dragons Comets on Fire, experimental masters Current 93, and Chasny’s most intimate project Six Organs of […]

Playing Under a Blanket
Playing Under a Blanket

Text by Lee Wang Photograph by Kava Gorna Nestled in Anacortes, a small town on a small island in Washington state’s Puget Sound, Phil Elverum has carved out a niche as one of music’s quirkiest indie darlings, and he’s quick to credit his hometown for the quality of his music. “To me they’re sort of […]

Bill Callahan
Bill Callahan

Text by Jaan Uhelszki Photograph by Joanna Newsom Bill Callahan is perhaps one of the most talented – and at the same time haunted – songwriters working today, evoking both the ethos and poetry of a bygone era. Yet, few people know him by his name because he records under the sobriquet of Smog, a […]

The Reign of Indie
The Reign of Indie

Voodoo-EROS’ Casady and Shimkovitz define the new indie DIY with self-produced and cross-pollinated music, a holistic grassroots attitude, and a dash of gender dysphoria. Photograph by John Minh Nguyen Hasta la victoria siempre might as well be the rallying cry for the hundreds of independent record labels struggling against corporate conglomerates. What happens behind the […]

Peaches for President
Peaches for President

Text by Patrick Knowles P­hotograph by Alex Freund Merrill Beth Nisker answers the phone with an impossibly charming, “Hello baby.” It’s a cool New York afternoon and while it’s been a whirlwind press day for the artist better known to the rest of the world as Peaches, there is an immediate sense of playfulness and […]

Summoning the Sonic Sages
Summoning the Sonic Sages

Text by Hunter Holcombe P­hotograph by Martien Mulder If relationships were like bands, you’d want yours to be Sonic Youth. The many torrid, short-lived love affairs of rock – Stone Roses, Nirvana – burned hot while they lasted, but, for reasons ranging from drugs to incompatibility to fame to death, could never physically survive for […]

Gypsies, Tramps, and Devendra Banhart
Gypsies, Tramps, and Devendra Banhart

Text by Adam Pollock Photograph by Todd Cole Add the title Musical Anthropologist to the already diverse resumé of freak-folk pioneer Devendra Banhart. For without this Texan-Venezualan Boho-about-town’s penchant for creating roving bands of “artistic families,” most of us would never have heard of Vashti Bunyan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and the Watts Prophets. “I get […]

Film Reviews
Film Reviews

I Like Killing Flies Directed by Matt Mahurin The greasy spoon, long a staple of Americana, is paid an affectionate tribute in director Matt Mahurin’s new documentary. The film focuses on Shopsin’s, a Greenwich Village restaurant popular as much for its unusual specialties as for the eatery’s lovably crusty owner and cook, Kenny Shopsin. In […]

The Autonomy of Brazilian Cinema
The Autonomy of Brazilian Cinema

Text by Hanna Eves National film industries ebb and flow, and when they flow, critics inevitably start bandying about the phrase “new wave.” In recent years, there has been a tremendous resurgence of successful filmmaking in Brazil, causing many to sit up and take notice. For example, Carlos Diegues’ God is Brazilian (2003) took the […]

Leo Fitzpatrick’s Composed Cool
Leo Fitzpatrick's Composed Cool

Text by Patrick Knowles Photograph by Glynnis McDaris The measure of celebrity is a tricky thing to gauge. These days, an actor’s notoriety is more often defined by leaked sex videos and internet buzz than box office bottom lines. So, it’s an odd testament of one’s career when say, some random person creates a fake […]

Larry Clark: A Portrait of the Artist as an Outsiders
Larry Clark: A Portrait of the Artist as an Outsiders

Text by Mila Zuo Photographs by Brigette Sire Larry Clark is sometimes depicted as a detached voyeur whose books and films are a divination into the secret and seedy lives of teenagers. On the contrary – Clark is co-conspirator in his tales, whether by intimating the story via his own personal narrative of sex, drugs […]

White Noise
White Noise

This Heat The fear of mutually assured destruction can be a wonderful source of inspiration. For This Heat, it helped spawn Deceit and Health & Efficiency EP, records that forged progressive and post-punk by dismembering the Genesis-soiled corpse of the ’70s. Twenty-five years after the band’s conception, record company ReR is reissuing the band’s notoriously […]

Matt and Kim: Bubblegum Apocalypse
Matt and Kim: Bubblegum Apocalypse

Text by Matthew Nestel Photograph by Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor A Sunday afternoon at a loft space in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, delivers a cluster of brownbaggers nursing tall boy Colt 45s and DIYers ready to dance to a Matt and Kim set. It’s a tame bunch compared to the norm of gigs bordering on Armageddon. Kids hoard […]


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