Show Preview & Interview: Charli XCX Releases Debut Album, True Romance & Plays Showbox SoDo 5/2

British musician Charli XCX, though steadily increasing her visibility over the last six years, may be an entirely new artist to American audiences. Born Charlotte Aitchison, Charli XCX is a 20-year-old singer and songwriter of lovely electronic dance songs which just scream to be deserved hits. With one EP behind her, debut album, the tremendous […]

Show Preview & Interview: Night Moves @ the Neptune, Fri. 4/5

Night Moves, a trio from Minneapolis, released a groovy album on Domino Records called Colored Emotions this year. The album, utilizing keys, guitar and the beautiful voice of singer/guitarist John Pelant, captures a pure rock sound. I’d call it gentle rock, a rock that’s been missing from music. I’d like to take a road trip […]

Show Preview & Interview: Citizens! @ Neumos, Mon. 3/25

“I am not afraid of losing my mind, as long as it happens a day at a time,” announce Citizens! in their song, “Reptile,” a track off their smashing 2012 debut, Here We Are. Their music is all about melody; you can get involved in their songs in a completely unsterile and intimate way. As […]

Interview & Photos: Ari Hest @ the Triple Door

Ari Hest performs @ the Triple Door, 2/21 Interview & photos by Heather Fitzpatrick Growing up in the Bronx, New York, Ari Hest had been surrounded by music his whole adolescent life (his father is a college music professor), yet he had always had aspired to become a professional baseball player. It wasn’t until he […]

Interview & Show Preview: Future of The Left @ Neumos, Sun. 11/11

“Manchasm” was the song that introduced me to Future of The Left. The song, and others such as “The Hope That House Built,” “Real Men Hunt In Packs” and “adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood” off their 2007 debut Curses!, made me ask, where have you, you beautiful dirty steep music, been all my life? The answer was in Wales, […]