L7 Singer Donita Sparks Discusses Forthcoming Documentary, Possible Reunion + the Absence of Women In Rock
Remember L7, the all-girl rock band from Los Angeles that made its way into the '90s grunge scene and spearheaded Rock For Choice? Surely you recall some of their hookiest hits: ‘S---list,' ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ and ‘Stuck Here Again...
Gold Fields Discuss Recording Their Debut, Making ‘Heavy Pop’ for a Growing Audience
With only one EP to their name, Australian quintet Gold Fields have sold out shows and been flagged as a "band to watch" in 2013. Still, they're keeping it humble. They did, after all, record their forthcoming debut album, ‘Black Sun’ (due out Feb...
Steve Aoki Predicts Cyborg Future, Explains His Many Superstar Collaborations
Steve Aoki didn't quite nail it with the doom-prophesying title of his new EP, 'It’s the End of the World As We Know It' (yes, like the R.E.M. song), but that's OK. The three-song set tells the story of what’s to come, or what might be to come. The 35-year-old DJ recently took a short retreat to do some serious thinking and writing for his next record, renting a cabin in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Chat
Tegan and Sara’s Tegan Quin on Embracing Pop, Battling Parasites and Cleaning Out Closets
Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara sheepishly explains how the highlight of her 2013 so far involves rearranging her walk-in closet. The turn of a new year doesn’t mean much to the 32-year-old Canadian, who has her own way of measuring time. “Since about 1999, I think of years by what record I put out,” she says from Vancouver following a rare two weeks off before embarking on another extensive tour. “M
Ash Reflect on 20th Anniversary – Exclusive Interview
Over the years, Ash have collected an impressive number of high-profile fans and collaborators. The Northern Irish pop-punk trio has performed with U2 for their nation's historic Good Friday Agreement, earned the support and mutual admiration of Jackie Chan and landed Ewan McGregor to narrate ‘Teenage Wildlife,’ a film about their early touring days. This year, Ash celebrate their 20th anniversary
Sonic Youth, ‘Smart Bar – Chicago 1985′ – Album Review
Capturing the ambiance of the fresh young noise rockers in their toddler days, this 1985 live set opens with trademark scratchy feedback, before Kim Gordon’s haunting, progressively urgent vocals overpower Steve Shelley's slow thudding drums and the hollow, clean, single-string-plucking progression on ‘Hallowe’en.’ Among the crowd chatter at the intimate venue, you can actually hear someone say, “
10 Songs for Cleaning House
For some of us, cleaning house can be a monumental undertaking, and whether you live in decent-sized, multi-level digs or a tiny metropolitan shoebox, a high-tempo, motivating playlist certainly can take the edge off your chores and add power to your elbow grease...
Public Image Ltd. Play Brooklyn, Mix Vitriolic Songs Old and New – Live Review
“Lock up your children. The priests are coming,” John Lydon wailed in a theatrically deepened voice as he and Public Image Ltd. launched into an extended version of 1978’s ‘Religion,’ arguably the most intense 12 minutes of the band’s relentlessly pounding two-hour set at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (Oct. 9).
Metric Showcase ‘Synthetica’ With Sold-Out Denver Concert – Live Review
It’s no wonder that Emily Haines has such great legs. Clad in tight leather shorts, Metric’s frontwoman must have put in about 27 miles of jogging in place at the Canadian quartet’s sold-out gig at Denver’s Ogden Theater on Thursday (Oct. 4).
10 Songs for Mountain Biking
Every life experience -- be it crying on the bathroom floor or jogging along the river during a multicolored sunset -- has a soundtrack. Mountain biking is no exception. Hauling yourself up a rocky incline requires a certain kind of music, and Sufjan Stevens simply doesn’t cut it. The ...