• Artist Spotlight

    An Interview with Ruby Boots

    Australian songstress, Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) released her sophomore album, Don’t Talk About It, this February on Bloodshot Records. The path she’s taken as a musician has been one of dedication and patience. The now Nashville based musician was kind enough to chat on the phone with me about growing up in Australia and her music career. Izzi Krombholz: Tell me about life growing up in Australia and how you got turned on to music. Ruby Boots (Bex): I didn’t really play music until I was 22 and I grew up with two brothers and I left home I was 14 and I was living in Perth and by the…

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    The Resurgence of L7: An Interview with Donita Sparks

    Getting to see L7 live this spring was a long awaited dream come true. Honestly, I’d always hoped there would be a reunion but was doubtful. Then, when news of their documentary got announced I held my breath. And it happened, L7 is back at it! When I spoke with Donita Sparks on the phone, of course I had to gush about how cool it was to finally see them live and I admitted that I smiled through the entire show. Donita was cool about it and said, “there’s a lot of shock and awe and joy going on in our audiences.” I mean, how could you not be in…

  • Song Playlist

    The Badass Babes of 007: A Playlist

    The sexualization of women in James Bond movies can be pretty questionable but it’s hard to deny how many badass babes are a part of the Bond world. Whether they’re a Bond Girl or a villain, they’re always strong, witty and drop dead gorgeous. From 1995-2012, the Bond movies casted Judi Dench as M (Bond’s superior), the only female to be casted in this role who is both steadfast and wise and calls out James Bond in his misogynistic ways. And what would a Bond movie be without Miss Moneypenny, the lovestricken and kind secretary? Whether you love James Bond or hate him, we couldn’t do Issue 007 without dedicating…

  • Song of the Moment

    Song of the Moment: “Like A Prayer” by The Lopez

    “Like A Prayer” by The Lopez from their new 7″ is an incredibly joyous song. In fact, both songs on “Like A Prayer” (Throwin’ Shade on the B side) force you to move. They’re upbeat and poppy but in a rocking way. The Lopez excel at adding fuzz and grime to their pop tendencies to give their electronic music a punk edge. Their sound very much reminds me of old Hot Chip or the band, Friends. The Lopez is perfect for a spur of the moment dance party on a hot summer night. Their new “Like a Prayer” single was recorded and mixed by Madeleine Campbell at Accessible Recording and mastered by Shelley Anderson…

  • Song of the Moment

    Song of the Moment: “Afraid of the Dark” by Lindi Ortega

    Thanks to my favorite SiriusXM radio station, Outlaw Country, I've gotten introduced to quite a few badass alt country musicians. My recent favorite is Canadian songstress, Lindi Ortega, who released her fifth album, Liberty, at the end of March. The album is a spaghetti western and deals with working out of darkness and as the album progresses, it does just that.

  • Artist Spotlight

    The Magic Behind Muddy Ruckus: An Interview with Drummer, Erika Stahl

    Muddy Ruckus are a Southern Blues infused rock duo from New England and today they are dropping their third album, Bellows to Mend.  The band, Ryan Flaherty and Erika Stahl, spent a year working on Bellows to Mend with the goal of capturing their live show sound on recording. They also have their friend, Daisy Castro, joining them on the album adding violin to a few songs. Erika Stahl was kind enough to tell us about her start in Muddy Ruckus and how she became the heartbeat of the band. Izzi Krombholz: Tell me about your background in music. Where are you from and when did you first start playing? Erika…

  • Artist Spotlight

    A Question and Answer with Chelsea Wolfe

    Chelsea Wolfe, the modern day Queen of Goth, was kind enough to answer some questions for me. She recently played Bogart’s when she was on tour opening for Ministry and I was beyond impressed with the show. Wolfe’s iconic look and dark music style will only continue to make her a legend in the music world. Izzi Krombholz: Growing up, what were your musical influences? What pulled you towards darker music? Chelsea Wolfe: I was just drawn to music that felt honest. I was drawn to storytellers like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn. I was also drawn to androgynous voices, like Nina Simone, Brian Molko, Lindsey Buckingham. My dad…

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    “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now” by Amanda Palmer and Jasmine Power

    On October 5, 2017 the world changed forever. Feminism changed forever. Let’s be realistic, feminism has always been something people either believe in or completely shy away from. A lot of people associate feminism with bitchy, angry women. But the association with anger is because women have a reason to be angry. When Ashley Judd came forward sharing her experience with Harvey Weinstein, women all over the world were finally given the courage to come forward with their experiences of assault. The #MeToo movement exploded through the world like a long awaited bomb. The #MeToo movement isn’t for everyone. Not everyone wants to share their painful story and would rather…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Embracing Destiny; Bebe Buell on New Album and Life as a Musician

    Bebe Buell has been on my radar for awhile as one of the coolest women in rock. I connected with her a few years ago when she was developing a band and a new live show called Baring It All. Now, she has released a brand new album that pretty much tells the story of her life; Baring It All: Greetings from Nashbury Park. Bebe Buell has been living it for years. Her career started when she moved to New York City at 18 to model under contract with Eileen Ford. She was highly successful but was immediately drawn to the rock world frequenting Max’s Kansas City and CBGB. She…