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Reverend Horton Heat … still on fire

You kinda have to lend an ear to a band when Lemmy from Motorhead says, " Reverend Horton Heat - he's great and plays the music he believes in and nothing else. Go see him or I'll kill you!"For over 25 years, the trio of Reverend Horton Heat, the name a nod to country singer Johnny Horton, has ...

A chat with Pixies’ guitarist as ‘Doolittle’ turns 25

The Pixies didn't get to experience the fabled rock 'n' roll lifestyle back in the 1980s when they were releasing highly influential albums like Surfer Rosa and Doolittle. The acknowledgement of their work didn't start really start to stick with the general public until well into the new ...

Illusionary Field Unit a band on the verge

In the Oak Hill/Beckley area of West Virginia, there exists a group of friends known collectively as Illusionary Field Unit. Together, they've been writing and recording music for the better part of five years now. After writing and performing around the area for some time, the band finally ...

A conversation with The Vaselines’ Eugene Kelly

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly, also known as the Vaselines, have inspired musicians, artists, groups, and other creative types with their distinct brand of ear-catching 'Euro-pop'. Among those influenced and inspired, was Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. As a matter of ...

Malfunkshun: Blast from the Seattle past

In the Seattle area, before the rise of 'grunge' and the decade that introduced it, two brothers put their creative ideas together and started a rock 'n' roll band based on a mutual love of glitzy costumes and loud music. This would be the beginning of what would come to be known as 'Love Rock' ...

Raveonettes’ ‘Pe’ahi’ – waves of emotion & garage-pop sound

The Raveonettes-Pe'ahiBeat Dies RecordsOn July 22, 2014, it was announced that the Raveonettes had a brand new full-length studio album coming out, and it was to be released that same day-July 22. 'Pe'ahi' marks the duo's seventh studio album. Sharin and Sune have been taking in the atmosphere ...

Music review: GOAT offers up enigmatic tunes on ‘Commune’

GOAT-CommuneSub PopThe mysterious Swedish collective known as GOAT has been steadily working and gaining more and more exposure in North America by participating at 2014's Coachella and other mass gatherings throughout. They've remained such an enigma that it's not clear as to exactly when GOAT ...

Electric Wurms an experimental outlet

The project known now as Electric Wurms is a group of musicians from two of the most musically experimental bands active today. Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd from the Flaming Lips have joined forces with Charlee and Chance Cook, Will Hicks, and Dom Marcoaldi of Nashville's experimental/psych ...

Sub-Etha, Doug Adams and Jungian philosophy

Travis Jewell hails from Weston and plays bass in local band Sub-Etha (Hint: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) along with J.B. Tenney, of Elkins on guitar and vocals, and Paul Lamb, also from Weston, on drums. They have been playing together locally for over 20 years in one form or another, ...

Road Rage: Vans Warped Tour turns 20

CINCINNATI - For 20 years now, the Vans Warped Tour has trekked across the USA, summer after summer. Its appeal is vast and the attendees are faithful. Warped Tour is known to be a veritable traveling city with its tents occupied by record labels, vendors, sponsors, charities, and artists, a ...