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.

King Krule: Not Your Average Alternative Artist

Every now and then a musical artist comes along who completely rocks your world and turns everything you thought you knew about music upside down. For me, that artist was King Krule.

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.

Wolf Alice: Music to Cry and/or Bang Your Head To

The summer had officially reached its sultry midpoint, I was newly eighteen, and I was given the gift of Wolf Alice in the most unexpected way: a YouTube ad promoting their debut studio album My Love Is Cool. The ad began with clips from the “Moaning Lisa Smile” music video and ended with a still of the very understated My Love Is Cool album cover. I didn’t need to listen to another one of their songs to know that I was hooked. For the rest of the summer, I made exploring Wolf Alice’s discography my one and only goal.

An Interview with Cory Driscoll

Recently, we caught up with veteran singer/songwriter, Cory Driscoll. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his origins in music, his newest music, and a whole lot more.

An Interview with Kevin Baldes of Lit

We caught up with veteran bassist, Kevin Baldes, of stalwart SoCal Pop Punk outfit, Lit. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his origins in music, the history of Lit, the band’s new music, Kevin’s love for KISS, Van Halen, vinyl, and a whole lot more.

Sonic Youth: Goo

For Sonic Youth, Goo was a turning point in the band’s history and definitely affected the direction of music that followed it for them, and for others.

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