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    A Candid Conversation with Hilary Woods About the Journey to Colt

    There’s something about Hilary Woods’ music that stops you in your tracks, as if you were walking outside a bar late at night and only heard the faintest noises of the velvet-voiced performer within. The music is darkly atmospheric and expertly barren—until, all of a sudden, it’s not. I first reached out to the Irish musician when Colt, her debut album released June 8th by Sacred Bones, only had a few songs available online. Once a member of the alt-rock band JJ72, Woods’ inimitable talent now flows into her solo work. There’s raw emotion pulsing beneath the surface of Colt, with each song churning ocean-like back onto itself until the 37-minute…

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    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…

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    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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    Interview with sludgegaze band WIPEOUT’s Cassie Tucker

    Wipeout – Optic Nerve (Official Video) from Cassie Tucker on Vimeo. Take a bag of glitter, your favorite sugary cereal, and cavernous pedals–crunch it by hand all together in a mixing bowl, and you have the Baltimore band Wipeout. The sludgegaze music of Cassie Tucker and Kayla Goldstein walks a line between hauntingly cinematic and playful glee. And with one single and an album out–the 2017 ripper titled Milkbird recorded by Alex Zhu–Wipeout shows no chance of stopping. I found the band through tattooist Tucker’s visual art on Instagram (@sllackula), which instantly drew me in: neon colors everywhere, psychedelic creatures and humans, and childhood nostalgia tinted with cheeky evil. I…

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    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…

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    Up and Coming, Emma Hern Releases First EP

    Emma Hern of Nashville, Tennessee got her roots back in Richmond, Virginia. The singer/songwriter first found her voice when she was 14 years old. “I went to a very hippy, crunchy granola high school and we had this [open mic] that was outside every Wednesday and Friday and kids would do slam poetry and sing. When I was in 8th grade, some of my friends convinced me to go up there and sing and one of my teachers heard me and came over and promptly told me that I was in a band with them and rehearsals started next week.” From there, she started performing in bars and venues in…

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    Artist Profile: Angela Perley

    Angela Perley, of Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons, always exudes coolness. She’s dressed in paisley bell bottoms, leather jacket and red hat for a gray day Monday interview at the Fox in the Snow in Columbus, Ohio. On a daily basis, the full time musician looks nothing but the part of a 70’s musician who just happens to be stuck in the 21st Century. Angela’s dad introduced her to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Tom Petty and others that inspired her love of music. She attended Ohio University and dove deeper into folk, blues and country music which makes perfect sense because her music is rock n’ roll with an alternative…

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    The Dollyrots: Pop Punk Power Parents

    Arriving at the Southgate House Revival to interview The Dollyrots starts out like any other interview; Kalie and I grab a drink and wait for their tour manager to let us know they were ready. Even as we walked into the green room, it looks like any other band getting ready for a show, slightly chaotic but perfectly in character with any other punk band. But the huge difference between The Dollyrots and other bands is that their adorable kids are roaming around in big headphones and Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas are keeping a constant eye on them, punk parent multitasking. As we sit down to begin the interview,…