Carl Pettit is a writer and editor with interests ranging from international relations and political humor to the arts and modern media.
Ell V Gore Talks New EP ‘Sex Static,’ Explains the Influence of No Wave + Strip Clubs
The press release for Toronto foursome Ell V Gore’s new EP, ‘Sex Static,' alludes to bizarre sex parties and late-night debauchery, so naturally, we were intrigued. So much so that we emailed 24-year-old singer and mastermind Ell V to get the scoop on this bleakly sexy set…
10 Best Fishbone Songs
Through personnel changes and record-company snubs, Fishbone have churned out loads of awe-inspiring music that defies easy categorization, and their live shows have remained intense, year in and year out. In honor of these genre smasher-uppers, we present this list of the 10 Best Fishbone Songs.
8 Artists Who Have Bled for Their Music
Emotionally and spiritually speaking, plenty of artists will bleed for their craft, but few are willing to actually let the plasma fly. We can't help but be captivated by those rockers that have literary shed blood for the sake of their music.
10 Extraordinary Female Guitarists
Rock 'n' roll has no shortage of male guitar virtuosos, as well as extremely talented singer-songwriters who can pluck a mean six- or 12-string, but for this piece, we're focusing on the ladies. The notion that girls can't rock is absolutely preposterous -- particularly when you consider the history…
8 Drummers Who Have Seized the Spotlight
Drums are one of the best instruments out there for aggressive musical therapy. Got problems? Simply bang on your kit until your they go away. Quite a few percussionists have died young (John Bonham, Nicholas Dingley, Keith Moon), and as 'Spinal Tap' teaches us, some have even spontan…
Laura Stevenson, ‘Wheel’ – Album Review
Singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson’s new album, ‘Wheel,’ sees this Long Island songstress shepherding her musical ambitions to new places. Along with her band, the Cans, Stevenson has managed to craft a well-produced set, with a much stronger vocal presence than …
10 Great Solo Projects by Rock Frontwomen
When bands gets big, it usually means tons of attention lavished upon the individual members. This can be an incredible change of pace from when the group was down in the trenches, making cool music and clamoring for mainstream success. Often, the focal point becomes the lead singer -- particularly …
10 Excellent Solo Albums by Alternative Rock Frontmen
Since lead singers are in the limelight to such a degree, it's only natural for some to release solo albums.
10 Most Distinctive Voices in Rock
Some voices stand out from the rest. What makes one singer more unique than another? It’s not always his or her ability to carry a tune. Sometimes, it’s a guttural growl adding texture to a vocal lick or a piercing nasally howl cutting through the heavy distortion of the guitars. Often, it’s the sou…