Brooklyn band, Beach Fossils, are putting themselves back out there with their new, and much anticipated album, Somersault. The album has eleven new tracks each with an evolving sound; a few sound like they could have been taken right off of their self-titled album but with a fresh new vibe. Most have a revamped, more mature take on the typical tone.
A few years ago I found myself asking “Why does listening to
politically and socially conscious music tend to be a phase people
grow out of as they get older?” Is it that the exuberant passion they
once had for it during their more formative years vanished as they
transitioned more into adulthood? Did they just become apathetic?
Because certainly the subject matter is never childish, and the issues
addressed usually affect mostly adults. Continue reading
On March 11th, I had the privilege of talking to the boys who are a part of the indie band from San Diego called, “Stray Monroe,” about their first EP release. The members include: Blake Imperl, 22 (Lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Adam Hakes, 24 (Lead guitar and vocals), Brett Kelly, 19 (Bass guitar) and Colin Croft, 21, who plays the drums. To get to know the boys a little bit better, I asked them all for “one really funny child hood memory.”
Two was the magic number at the long-awaited YAGTHT Fest down at Soma San Diego. Fest number two, two stages, two magic words. What two words could have such an enormous meaning behind them?
If you guessed The Frights, you were right.
You Are Going To Hate This Fest TWO – let me try and sum it up for you, hour by hour, band by band. Continue reading
Thought a concert couldn’t happen in a backyard? Ask the overflowing crowd that showed up to support local indie surf-punk band, Bad Kids, and think again.
Just two days ago, the guys of Bad Kids, (Bassist: Arturo Macias, Drummer: Leon Lara, Guitarist: Ray Hamilton, Keys: Chad Boland, and Vocalist: Kalani Lomu) along with Fake Tides, Los Shadows, Instinct, Spooky Cigarette, and T.Rexico threw the wildest and most memorable house show to ever exist in Imperial Beach. Continue reading
If you’re looking for that song to play in the background of your romantic summer montage, look no further. LA based artist Ryan Frailich brings groovy beats and perfectly sappy lyrics with his newest single, “Beauty Queen.” The punchy electric guitar and trumpet add complementary elements to this poppy track that took me by surprise, but totally worked. You’ll definitely feel like a classic babe listening to this, with lyrics like: “You got stars in your eyes, yeah you look like a beauty queen.” Ryan’s vocals have that classic you-can’t-go-wrong pop idol quality, and layered over the background vocals, they make you want to get to a dance floor ASAP. Continue reading
As all of you should know, California is in a drought, and has been lacking in water for the past few years. This is because we are consuming greater amounts of water than produced, and the San Diego music scene works a lot like that. We have neglected to create new faces onstage, instead depending on the same people and same music, but there’s only so long that can last. Eventually everyone moves on with their lives, rotating through high school, to college, and onward. How can there be a music scene when the music runs out, or when the bodies that had previously crammed into living rooms, churches, and discarded and re-purposed buildings, just to enjoy live music, no longer carry an interest? Once it’s gone, someone is going to have to care enough to rebuild the entire community back up from the ground. This is why we need to plan a sort of intervention, and that’s exactly what was done. Continue reading
Capturing the perfect scenery for a music video is hard to do, but that is exactly what Maadwest from L.A. did with their brand new video for their song “Be My Show”. This duet sang by Tipper Newton and frontman Matty McNamara, is the second song off their LP “I Can’t Believe We’re All Idiots”, filmed in the always beautiful Yosemite National Park. The video is filmed by Mikai Karl, who travels and captures beauty in any setting, with a relaxing track.
Article by Kyla Wyllie
Local San Diego band, Waldo, decided to erase the fine line separating poetry and music with Gatekeeper Fest, 2016. Waldo told us in their interview (look for release upon later date) that they want poetry to be more involved in the local scene and really “make a party out of it;” that’s exactly what they did.
I’ve never been to a local show quite like this one before, thrown in the backyard of bassist Sam Fisher’s house, Gatekeeper Fest was like spending the night in an entirely separate universe. In this world, unlike the one I found myself in upon waking up this morning, sitar players can perform beside indie bands, but only after the open mic poetry has ended and everyone has had a chance to look at all of the handmade jewelry and art on display. (I’m not joking, there was an actual sitar player there, one that wowed everyone I might add.) Not to mention set of Noodle Nose, who closed the night playing a bubble machine? Continue reading