Getting To Know You: Talk Time

“I’ve always thought playing and writing music was, in a way, interacting back with the music of great artists I’ve listened to over my life…a way of ‘giving back’ that energy kind of deal: another step in the interaction. And the band is like our instrument we use to “talk” back and contribute in that conversation.” explains Edson Choi of […]

Rock and Roll Reliability: Nick Brown (MONA)

Shortly after finishing sound check in prep for tonight’s show at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, Nick Brown slid into my booth next to me. Immediately the moment caused me to shake my head and laugh because, after the ease of his greeting, the first thing that registered was the clean, warm scent of him: He smelled good. As […]

In Their Words: Foxtrax

“I was a little weirded out by the whole LA scene,” admits Ben Schneid (vox/guitar/keys) of the Los Angeles-by-way-of New York City alt-rock trio, Foxtrax. But let’s not harshly judge Schneid for a sentiment that most LA transplants have felt at some point before (during and after) committing to calling the City of Angels “home.” After all, transitions can be […]

#TourHappens With…Jukebox The Ghost

  After some 15 years as a band doing that dynamic piano-pop thing that they do, Ben Thornewill (vox/piano), Jesse Kristin (drums/vox), and Tommy Siegel (guitar/bass/vox) aka Jukebox The Ghost are on the verge of two events: releasing their fifth full-length studio album, Off To The Races (surely a nod to their not-so-subtle love for Queen, right?), and taking their bouncy […]

#TourHappens With…SHAED

Max and Spencer Ernst and Chelsea Lee are the Washington DC soulful electro-pop trio SHAED and are no strangers to making sleek, warm-blooded pop gems of the earworm-kind; fortunately, they’re currently working on new music for an upcoming release later this year. With the rapid pace that their band career has moved since SHAED’s inception, Max, Spencer, and Chelsea are […]

In His Words: Bruno Major

“You know, the craziest thing is having a sold-out show in a place you’ve never been before. That’s mind blowing to me.” Indeed. Bruno is in London and I’m in Los Angeles. An international chat and I have concern for his cellular bill. The last time that he performed in LA was his first time performing in LA: a sold-out […]

#TourHappens With…The Beaches

They’re a new wave of lady rock following in the footsteps of those who have come before like The Runaways, Elastica and Band of Skulls. I’m talking about the Toronto foursome, the Beaches, who are sisters Jordan Miller (vox/bass) and Kylie Miller (lead guitar) along with Eliza Enman McDaniel (drums) and Leandra Earl (keys/guitar). Still in their teens and with their debut album, […]