First Aid Kit, the Swedish folk duo comprised of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, are making their second trip to the States to promote their album "The Big Black & The Blue," which will be officially released in North America on May 25th. By the strength of their music, it's surprising to find out that Klara and Johanna are just 17 and 19 years old. Klara's deep and powerful voice is reminiscent of such seasoned players as Neko Case, ... Read More
In spite of losing two of their band mates in the past year, John Ptacek and Andy Cobb of The Itchy Hearts have managed to put out an impressive second album titled 'Do Ya Best'. The tracks combine Dylan-esque folk with elements of bluegrass, zydeco, and even a little punk. Even those who normally steer clear of this type of music can find themselves swept up in the ruckus.
The Itchy Hearts will be on a tour of the US this Summer. Check the ... Read More
Joan Jett is back in the public eye with the release of The Runaways movie in March of this year, but the movie only captures a small portion of this rock-and-roll heavyweight’s epic and impressive career. Thankfully, Todd Oldham has released a beautiful and well-rounded monograph of the legendary artist, aptly titled, Joan Jett. Oldham compiles over thirty years of photos, interviews, and other unreleased ephemera in over 200 pages into a linear ... Read More
Our writer Ned Hepburn took time out from being a man about town in his home base of Los Angeles to conduct a phone interview with Ellen Allien about her music and fashion ventures. Here is the result of that very interview.
I'm not going to lie. Ellen sounded like she was unwinding; the kind of unwinding one might do after staring at a computer for eight hours a day. Some might look at this like "hey, Ellen's unwinding." Others might look at it like ... Read More
Once you have reached the zenith of fame and become an international household name, then who’s to say you shouldn’t have a go at a whole new career? You know, indie pop siren to low-down dirty DJ. Well, maybe Björk isn’t planning an entirely new redirect, but she sure will twist some vinyl with Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy of Stereogum in the name of charity. Last night in Brooklyn, hundreds of fans flooded the Escher-like labyrinth of ... Read More