Taiwan Beats Showcase: An Exercise In Global Musical Mastery

All in all, the 2022 version of the Taiwan Beats Showcase has proved to be integral to the region’s growth and continues to demonstrate Taiwan’s importance to the overarching independent and alternative scenes. I am of the opinion that the showcase will continue to serve as a proving ground for young and old artists alike, as they gain greater exposure and subsequent entry into the western zeitgeist.

Brent Shinn’s “Limerence” Strikes a Delicate Balance Between Obsession & Adoration

“Limerence” isn’t a track necessarily treading new ground – the artist’s Bob Dylan fandom is apparent – but what Shinn is doing is reclaiming lost reverence for a simpler time. A time when music need not be autotuned, overproduced, or oversaturated with multi-track instrumentation.

Slow Crush’s Hush: Reinventing The Dreamscape

Let Slow Crush lead your dreams through a highway of a beautifully built progression of sounds. With Hush as their single – an excellent choice for a single, indeed – they make their way to the spotlight in the genre.

An Interview with Eric Slick

Recently, I caught up with veteran drummer, Eric Slick, formally of Dr. Dog. Among other things, we touch on Eric’s upcoming reissue of Palisades, the writing, recording, and legacy of the album, what’s next on his docket, and a whole lot more.

A Post-Rock Classic Twenty Years On: Looking Back at Sigur Rós’ ( )

All in all, ( ) is an epic piece of work. As amazing as all of their records are, I have to rate this as my favorite. A must-listen for everyone.

Unlimited Love: Boredom Birthed Via Overwrought Nostalgia

Some things are better left dead, and buried. The past is one of those things, and for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, that age-old adage rings painfully true.

An Interview with Andy Curran & Maiah Wynne of Envy of None

When asked about the project, Lifeson quipped that Envy of None “had no rules,” an approach that seems to be an ongoing and most successful methodology for the veteran axe-slinger. To see that the old dog can in fact be taught some new tricks is nothing short of delightful.

Watch Kurt Vile’s Moves, He is Still Onto Something

It is safe to say that Kurt Vile has sort of strayed from his lo-fi upbringings and has honed in on a more polished “psychedelic Americana” type of sound that most listeners can identify him with.

An Interview with Dennis Diken of The Smithereens

Recently, we caught up with drummer Dennis Diken, of veteran New Jersey outfit, The Smithereens. Among other things, we touch on The Smithereens’ homecoming show at NYC’s Sony Hall, the band’s early years on the college rock scene, The Smithereens’ importance on the early 90s alt-rock scene, what’s next on the horizon for the band in terms of new music, and a whole lot more.

Retrospective Reviews: Union (1998)

When I think back on the most underexposed bands of the 90s, for me, it’s hard not to lock in on Union. For those that haven’t heard of Union, which is sadly for too many, Union was a supergroup of sorts, and for me, it was a band that really moved the proverbial needle during a time when heavy rock music was getting a bit weird in some ways.

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