When asked what genre her music is, Kelsey Byrne basically shrugs: “people called it pop… [so] I guess it’s pop.” It’s hard to tease out just how much of her songwriting – which she releases under the name VÉRITÉ – holds to this laissez faire philosophy.
Julie Elody is a soul/pop singer who recently switched from being the frontwoman of a band to her own solo career. In response to her new single, “Sirens,” we got a chance to ask her some questions about her music career and thoughts on the scene. You can hear “Sirens” below, as well as check out our interview.
When it comes to the typical band résumé, “video game soundtrack” is a fairly uncommon highlight to find.
As soon as you see Chie Fukami’s toy piano, you have a good idea of what you’re getting into. And lest you think it’s just an aesthetic choice, rest assured this style permeates her music.
A Voice for the Innocent, a non-profit organization founded in 2012, gives a voice to victims of sexual abuse, offers support, and raises awareness.
We talked to founder Jamie Sivrais about his journey, bands who have supported the cause, the organization’s run on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, how to combat victim blaming, and more.
Take a read below.
Trigger warning: discussion of abuse
Photo by Brian Vu
I had the pleasure of seeing Yohuna play with Foxing this past week. The group’s lineup is somewhat fluid; this evening, it featured the eponymous Johanne Swanson, Addie Strei of Adelyn Rose, and Warren Hildebrand of Foxes in Fiction.
The marriage of ambient and screamo music is a delicate one; you’re trying to link genres which, on the face of it, are wildly different.
We’d like to thank Marc Cantone, singer and guitarist of indie band The City and Horses, for taking his time to talk about the band’s upcoming album, the stigma surrounding mental illness, how venues can be more inclusive, and how songwriting has made a positive impact on his life. Take a read of the interview below.
Although Noname had been rapping and performing poetry locally since 2010, it took a feature on fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper’s “Lost” for the hip-hop community to start paying attention to an astonishingly creative new voice (Chance himself calls it the best guest verse of his career). And while more and more features steadily poured out for listeners over the next few years, it wasn’t until 2016 that Noname gave us her free debut mixtape, Telefone.
It should surprise no one to hear that right now in the alternative music scene there are issues that need to be addressed. These issues range from a lack of female fronted bands and representation for them, to allowing alleged abusers to perform at Warped Tour, as well as blatant disrespect for each other as members of the same music community.