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  1. What Now? Leaning into the unknown as an independent musician during Covid-19

    31 Mar 2020
    It all started settling in after this year’s South by Southwest was canceled. The festival was set for its 34th consecutive year to feature and welcome thousands of film, music and tech aficionados. Concerns raised in the city of Austin due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, aka the novel…

  2. P.E. is more than a happy accident

    31 Mar 2020
    P.E. started out without any plans in mind. A project that unraveled from experimentation and the rudimentary approach of “jamming”. After their project, Pill, Veronica Torres, Jonathan Campolo, and Benjamin Jaffe, alongside Jonathan Schenke and Bob Jones (from the band Eaters), let improvisation and nature take its course. The result…

  3. Alberto Pazzi’s pink obsession

    31 Mar 2020
    Photos by Michelle LoBianco Alberto Pazzi has an obsession. Not only with heavy black lines and contours, but with the symbolic color pink. The Mexican artist, who once went viral on the internet stratosphere after a family portrait showed him dressed as a clown, involves comedic attitude in his illustrations…

  4. Pile and the anxiety of the unknown

    31 Mar 2020
    Early May of this year, Boston transfers and now Nashville-based band Pile, released their third album (7 releases in total), the cathartic and still melodic Green and Gray, through Exploding In Sound. The band, commanded by Rick Maguire, has been exploring musical dynamics since its beginning in 2007 as Rick’s…

  5. Notes on Lina Tullgren’s newest release Free Cell

    31 Mar 2020
    Enhanced by a variety of textures and elevated sonic experimentation, Free Cell doesn’t built up by suit, instead Lina Tullgren’s sophomore effort responds to the expectancy of life and manages to achieve it’s final form without the need to press the reset button. Created in different spaces, Free Cell muses…

  6. Honesty and Identity: Stuyedeyed’s personal quest

    31 Mar 2020
    Photo by Allen Ying Outside of Danbro Studios in Bushwick I notice Nelson Hernández-Espinal walking towards me with a smile on his face. Hernández-Espinal, the lead singer and guitar player of the New York-based band Stuyedeyed, apologizes for running a couple of minutes late, “I couldn’t find a parking spot.”…

  7. Cowgirl Clue’s music is the real icebreaker

    31 Mar 2020
    The first time I saw Cowgirl Clue live, it was sort of a happy accident. Her song “Utopia” was already part of my Spotify summer repertoire, and after hearing we’d be playing the same venue for SXSW in Austin, Texas, I had to make sure I was able to see…

  8. Residente & Bad Bunny Drop Inclusive New Video for “Bellacoso” in the Era of Perreo Combativo

    31 Mar 2020
    Coming off their surprise hip-hop protest anthem with iLe, comes what could possibly be the most awaited reggaeton junte we’ve seen in urbano in years – a perreo collaboration between Residente and Bad Bunny. “Bellacoso” is the first single from René Perez Joglar’s (better known as Residente) upcoming yet-to-be-titled sophomore…

  9. Dávila 666 Are Back and Rowdier Than Ever

    21 May 2019
    Puerto Rican garage-punks Dávila 666 are finally back after a 7-year hiatus. The sextet (comprised of Sir Charles, Panda, AJ, Johnny, Gigi and The Latin Snake) played their first live show in January at La Respuesta in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “It was just time to bring the beast back,”…

  10. Album Review: Reptaliens ‘VALIS

    29 Apr 2019
    Before signing with Captured Tracks, Portland-based Reptaliens weren’t purposely trying to make a band. Their 2017 debut LP, FM-2030, allowed wife and husband duo, Bambi and Cole Browning, to tour with STRFKR, Cults, and of Montreal. After, the group immerse themselves in the studio and ended up creating the sun-dappled…

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