Now Hear This: Blanchard | Holy Shit EP

THE PRESS RELEASE: "A reflection on the Holy Shit! manifesto by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. A derisory essay on man's disconnection with waste and the decomposition and putrefaction that...

Now Hear This: Bette Smith | The Good, The Bad and The Bette

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: "Wild rock & soul singer Bette Smith traces elements of her life-affirming new album The Good, The Bad and The Bette to her childhood in...

20 Questions With Trevor Sloan

Trevor Sloan took us on a psych-folk trip to the hazy landscapes of memory lane with his album Green Reflections earlier this summer. Today, the Toronto singer-songwriter reflects on...

Now Hear This: The Band of Heathens | Stranger

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: "When The Band of Heathens decided to dub their sixth studio album of original material Stranger, the veteran group formed in Austin, TX nearly 15...

Now Hear This: Attic Salt | Get Wise

THE PRESS RELEASE: "Melodic, aggressive, catchy, unapologetically pop; all have been used to describe Attic Salt. Residing in the vibrant punk scene of Springfield, IL, Andy Harmon, Fred Malcom...

Now Hear This: Apple Jelly | Die, MotherFucker ! Die !!!

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: "In the early 2000s, near the city of Lyon (France), brothers BEnn (singer) and Victor (bass) and their closest friend SLip (visuals) created an ambitious...

Now Hear This: A Certain Ratio | ACR Loco

THE PRESS RELEASE: "A Certain Ratio are back with a new album, ACR Loco. Revitalized by their most successful tour in over two decades, the band returned to the...

Now Hear This: Area Resident | Jardinova

THE PRESS RELEASE: "Area Resident is the music of Doug Hempstead, a Canadian based in Ottawa. The multi-instrumentalist is a career journalist who works split shifts and makes his...

Now Hear This: Sasebo | SSS (Sasebo Super Spreader)

THE PRESS RELEASE: "In place of the usual info for a commercially-available album ... Reports of American fleet activities around the Japanese Bay in Munich's Westend. Dawn is breaking —...

Now Hear This: Rudy De Anda | Tender Epoch

THE PRESS RELEASE: "Conceived in the 1980s in Mexico and brought to California through the border inside of his six-months-pregnant mother, Rudy De Anda’s debut solo record is a...

Now Hear This: Novaa | The Futurist

THE PRESS RELEASE: "Novaa’s sound is blending electronic pop with orchestral grandeur: "I would describe my music as 'Organic Electronic'. I started experimenting on my guitar or piano, but...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From Oct. 13, 2000

Two decades ago, new albums and box sets from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Little Feat, Sparks and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I...

Now Hear This: Mother’s Cake | Cyberfunk!

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: "The fifth album by the international phenomenon that is Mother’s Cake sees the psych-rock trio present itself in suitably appropriate fashion: sky high, far out...

Now Hear This: Service Provider | Modern Technology

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: "Modern Technology are a London-based two-piece, exploring themes of inequality and entitlement, the ongoing climate crisis and society's ever-increasing struggles with social identity and anxiety....

Now Hear This: Mercy Music | Nothing In The Dark

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: "Mercy Music have described their music as “sad bastard power pop,” but anyone who has felt the weight of face-tattooed frontman Brendan Scholz’s crushing guitar...

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