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San Francisco musician Rykarda Parasol describes her music as rock noir, a sound that evokes film noir mixed with such heavies as the Velvet Underground, Nico, and Leonard Cohen. Younger folks might draw Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, and Mark Lanegan comparisons, as Parasol employs a similarly low vocal range to deliver her torrid tales, but she creates her own otherworldly atmosphere by accompanying herself on guitar and piano. Read More
Earl Greyhound recently announced that they will be on the road throughout April and May in support of their upcoming sophomore album, Suspicious Package, with indie power-pop outfit OK Go.  Early priase for Suspicious Package lauds the bands ability to enhance their retro-rock feel with a variety of other influences, including prog rock, stoner rock, and jazz-pop among others.  For a taste of what is to come on April 13th when the album is released, visit for an opportunity to download a preview track, "Ghost and the Witness. Read More
Come hither and revel in a deliciously melodramatic, trippy, and ethereal album. Jen Gloeckner serenades an escape into fluid wallowings of pseudo-gothic lyrics and tones. Let tunes like “Sleep to Dream” and “Peace Among the Chaos” lull you into strange and wonderful visions. Then dive into a “52nd thrill.” Float and meander as the world spins and stirs in a delightfully bizarre haze. Meditate. Breathe. Ride the trance. Available on vinyl, CD, and MP3 at Read More
In anticipation of two Elliott Smith album reissues, Kill Rock Stars has posted two MP3s available for download at no charge.  "Last Call," a track  from his debut album Roman Candle, and "Twilight," from the posthumously released From a Basement on the Hill, are both excerpts from the upcoming re-releases. Roman Candle and From a Basement on the Hill will both be released on April 6th, completing Smith's indpendent discography on KRS. Read More
Oh Taylor Swift.  I hated you during the onslaught of "Love Story;" hated your complete disregard for and desecration of literature ("Cause you were Romeo, I was the Scarlet Letter?"  WHAT IS THAT? It. Doesn't. Make. Sense. Have you read either of those books?  Do you know they both end badly and are completely inappropriate for the subject you're singing about?  Do you know hundreds of young girls are going to read those books expecting some kind of happy ending only to be met with two suicides, slut-shaming and corporal mortification?  Children will be scarred. Read More
Despite the charms of the two boys behind me in the balcony yelling, "don't be a bitch" at various members of the band as they made banter with the audience, Wild Beasts expressed being *most* excited about the two NYC dates scheduled on their first ever tour of North America, which ends with their show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow (2/28. Read More
Tired of the winter blahs?  Dance your troubles away at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 5th when our pals Heloise & the Savoir Faire come to Brooklyn with a sparkly brand of electro-rock that is all their own.  The five-piece is sure to get you moving with their rock'n'roll charged beats and Heloise's captivating stage presence.   Can't wait for the show?  Check out their tunes at and feel free to get a head start by busting out some dance moves in your bedroom.  It's ok; we all do it. Read More
Our writer, Erin Griffith, put on a happy face at the Mercury Lounge in NYC a few days ago while checking out the Dum Dum Girls. Here is her first hand account of the fun time she had. (I honestly don't know why I'm taking this tone with you right now.) At the beginning of their set, Dee Dee, the band's lead singer, delivered her bubblegum lyrics as if she’d popped a handful of Valium. But as the set built up to the band’s faster ditties, the Dum Dum Girls loosened up, and, don’t quote me, but I think one of them even smiled. Read More
Although she is a busy lady, and in the midst of a tour, St. Vincent's Annie Clark took some time to chit chat with our writer Ned Hepburn about fashion, minivans, and song stylings. Here's what happened:  Annie Clark is a funny girl, who talks with the kind of soft yet engaging purr that makes you forget there's anybody else in the room but her. She's charmingly self-aware in the exact opposite way that so many 'cool music people' so often are. She's the anti-Bono, the anti-Tori Amos; she has more in common with Steve Martin than Coldplay's Chris Martin. She's just patently adorable. Read More

Hell's Belles

BY Intern Stephanie V. in Music

The Black Belles are infectious and spooky with a 1970s influenced vibe. In a sense, they are putting out some pretty slamming, perfect beats. Sporting locks of midnight black hair and matching hats. The band is on the Third Man Records label and their debut video is directed by Jack White.   For some edgy female vocals with an all-girl band, check out their single, "What Can I Do?"   So, what are you going to do? Check out the video below and their 7" single is available on Third Man Records, iTunes, and you know, your local record store. Read More