Friday was a long night. My partner in crime and I were greeted with a fully sold-out show at White Oak Music Hall, full of young couples yearning for an intimate journey that sourly reeked, reminiscent of a high school dance. After arriving a tad bit late to what soon unveiled itself as the tamest […]

Men I Trust is a Montreal based trio which has created a distinctive style that is more recognizable than any specific songs that they have released. The group’s early dance roots evolved into a psychedelic venture with electronic R&B instrumentation. This in itself created such a large audience and spread like wildfire via the Internet. However, […]

Thee JPEGMAFIA is performing in Houston for the first time and you better be there, or else. JPEGMAFIA has never been anything less than volatile, vulgar, versatile, and so on. Don’t be surprised to hear him singing; check out his cover of “Call Me Maybe.” Just as likely, you’ll see him spitting in some kid’s mouth […]

In the heart of downtown Austin,TX lies The Red River Cultural District, a densely compact area that hosted Levitation Festival for the second year. The area contains some of Austin’s most well known music venues, such as Stubb’s BBQ and Mohawk. The 4-day weekend was filled with music of all sorts, but ultimately permeated with […]

Last year’s lineup at Levitation Festival consisted of Slowdive, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Thee Oh Sees, and many more. The festival was able to present another great lineup for 2019, including Velvet Underground’s John Cale, psychedelic weirdos, The Flaming Lips, indie-duchess Angel Olsen, and noise pioneers Dinosaur Jr. and Flipper. Flipper, believe it or not, […]

One doesn’t think they know The Flaming Lips. If you know, then you know. The psychedelic wanderers are unmistakably recognized once seen and heard. The Flaming Lips create unimaginable stage setups featuring giant balls, comical costumes, and tons of color. Their music is just as unpredictable. Song titles such as “Ego Tripping at the Gates […]

The leap John Lydon took from the raw angst that fueled the Sex Pistols to the experimental (but refined) Public Image Ltd. helped revolutionize the idea that punk could remain edgy while simultaneously pushing musical boundaries. That is what post-punk was all about: taking the ethos of punk through unknown musical territory. Punk was born […]

The highly influential riot grrrl provocateurs Bikini Kill return from a two-decade hiatus — but unfortunately, won’t be back for too long. Bikini Kill announced their reunion tour earlier this year, consisting of just a handful of shows in LA and NYC. A few additional shows were added in both locations, as well as two […]

Ever heard “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well I guess in this case, I should be questioning the phrase, “don’t judge an album by its cover.” And to some degree, sure, I agree. However, cover art plays an essential role on my first impression. If you’re like me, you like to kill time […]

The Coral Reef Academy, a therapeutic reform school right outside the capital of Samoa, is where Thebe Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, was sent to just before his final years of high school. After causing some mischief (like cheating on an English assignment) while also struggling with an addiction, his mother […]

Ruby da Cherry, Suicide Leopard, 7th Ward Lord, Young Plague—the list goes on. These are just a handful of alter egos created by Aristos Pertrou, one-half of the duo known as $uicideboy$. Scott Arceneaux Jr., Ruby’s first cousin and the other half of the duo, follows appropriately, with aliases $crim, $lick $loth, Budd Dwyer, and […]

Slipping herself into a pink, silky nightgown with food stuffed on her palette, Clementine Creevy carries an electric guitar, ready to make one of 2019’s most emo albums. If Cherry Glazerr was a movie, Creevy would be Tarantino—director, writer, and always the front-woman (man). With a vision and plenty of motivation, anything’s possible, well at least […]

I think there’s been a mistake…With the performance that Naked Giants gave alongside Car Seat Headrest, there were definitely no openers, just two amazing headliners. Vintage tees, Doc Martens, and of course, beanies. That basically sums up the ambience of White Oak Music Hall Wednesday night. What surprised me though, wasn’t the fact the venue […]

Say goodbye to the old, trashy, garage-punk band that we all used to know (and love) as they attempt to implement a hodgepodge of sounds that aren’t in their usual repertoire.  FIDLAR, an acronym short for “F*** It Dog, Life’s A Risk,” originally formed in 2009 as a punk project. Over the years, the group […]

For this week’s throwback, we take a look at one of Hip-Hop’s finest gems, A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory. 29 years ago, back when George H. W. Bush was president, when Nelson Mandela was freed from a 27-year prison sentence, oh and the Detroit Pistons were back-to-back champions, a new addition to […]

Wait who? If you’ve never heard of them, with a name like theirs, you won’t be forgetting them for a while. Unlike a lot of stagnant sounds coming from other indie rockers nowadays, Car Seat Headrest delivers emotionally captivating music even while staying true to their low-fi aesthetics. Frontman Will Toledo continues to prove his […]

Vince Staples‘ openers were earnest and full of ambition, while the latter half of the concert felt weary from the headliner—a surprising turn of events considering he’s only seven shows deep. This wasn’t my first time crossing paths with the Long Beach native. I nearly had a conversation with Vince a few years ago after […]

Cali rapper Vince Staples decided he wants to start the new year off strong and what better way to do so than a two month-long tour across the U.S. Vince announced his tour back in December, about a month after his release of FM!. Seeing Vince is exciting enough, but in addition, he brings along rappers […]

For a few months now, Injury Reserve has been teasing a special something on social media. The hip-hop trio dropped the long-awaited single along with a self-directed music video. Injury Reserve formed in 2013 in the tiny town of Tempe, AZ (and boy oh boy have they delivered since). Ritchie With A T (yes that’s his […]

Playboi Carti continues his reputation of being tardy but successfully compensates with a high energy performance. The night was young when we arrived at The Revention Music Center. My friend and I thought we were doing ourselves a favor by arriving an hour early; how naive we were. The waiting line wrapped around the venue […]

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