Entries for the ‘You Indie Feature’ Category

You Indie Feature: An interview with Matt Arbogast of The Gunshy

For his first proper full-length in several years, Chicago’s Matt Arbogast, who performs under the moniker The Gunshy, assembled a robust cast of collaborators and pulled out all the stops for his fifth record, Silent Songs.   A bit of a departure from his Waits-leaning, barroom-prophet past, Silent Songs offers swells of strings, horns, gang [...]

Sound Check Chat interviews Rad Girlfriend Records, Ultrasphinx

Two new Sound Check Chat podcats, which are sponsored by Ghettoblaster Magazine, hit the streets recently.  This time, the team from SCC talked to Josh Goldman (The Queers, Iron Chic, Rad Company, Raging Nathans) and Brandi from Rad Girlfriend Records and Ultrasphinx (ex- Party of Helicopters, ex-The Man I Fell In Love With).  Check them [...]

You Indie Feature: An interview with Michelle Beebs of Beebs and Her Money Makers

Orlando, Fla.’s Beebs And Her Money Makers began their summer-long stint on the Vans Warped Tour in June, bringing their colorful, funky and fun approach to concert-goers around the country. The band is led by kazoo-wielding mistress Michelle Beebs, who was featured in Fuse TV’s “Warped Tour Roadies,” which followed the experiences of her up-and-coming [...]

You Indie Feature: An interview with Blueprint

The world’s most renowned architects are likely to have a few things in common; the ability to recognize that small and subtle details can result in game-changing flourishes, and that every detail lends itself to a larger picture. Each is purposeful, whether it contributes to the strength of the foundation or the beauty of the [...]

You Indie Feature: Patrick Kindlon of Self Defense Family

(Editor’s note: I originally wrote this story for Ghettoblaster Magazine, issue 37.) Self Defense Family lyricist/vocalist Patrick Kindlon is a complex dude.  Part comedian, part curmudgeon he is self-critical, idiosyncratic, and honest in ways that likely immediately endeared him to his closest friends and quickly put him at odds with others.  But he’s not worried [...]

You Indie Feature: Evan Weiss of Their/They’re/There

(Editor’s note: This feature originally ran in Ghettoblaster Magazine, issue 37.) According to Evan Weiss, who is perhaps better known as the vocalist/guitarist behind celebrated indie act Into It. Over It., the recording of the latest EP (their second) from his side project/super group Their/They’re/There was governed by forces outside of the band. “In 2013, [...]

The Shape Of Rock To Come: Clint Walsh (Dot Hacker)

Dot Hacker is an LA-based band featuring musicians Josh Klinghoffer (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Clint Walsh, Eric Gardner, and Jonathan Hischke. They released their debut album, Inhibition, in 2012 and are excited to show their fans what they’ve been up to since. Formed out of conversations between Clint and Josh whilst on tour with Gnarls Barkley [...]

The Jazz June, C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks featured on Sound Check Chat podcast

The Sound Check Chat podcasts with Andrew Low of The Jazz June and Christopher Wright of C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks went live on Friday, June 13 via iTunes and Stitcher.  The podcasts are sponsored by Topshelf Records. Access the podcasts here: Christopher Wright – C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks | Band’s Approach | Latest EP | [...]

The Shape Of Rock To Come: Mike Robinson (Empires)

Chicago’s Empires are set to release their upcoming EP, How Good Does It Feel, on Chop Shop/Island Records on June 17.  For those uninitiated, the band make romantic, arena ready rock music that flirts across genres and is stacked with earworm melodies.  The EP was produced by John Congleton (Xiu XIu, St. Vincent, etc.). The [...]

The Shape Of Rock To Come: Stephen Edmunds (Highlands)

From Long Beach, California, Highlands announce the July 15 release of their second album, Dark Matter Traveler. Named for the Scottish Highlands and rooted in a love of Creation Records bands like Slowdive and Ride, Highlands might be Anglophiles but they are Southern Californians too. Like the Golden State itself, Dark Matter Traveler is a [...]