Pixies Release Animated Video for New Track “Tenement Song”

From their forthcoming 12-track LP Head Carrier, Pixies have shared a new video for the track “Tenement Song”.  The song is one of three that have been shared by the band this year. The animated video was produced by video conjurers Krank! Collective based in Manchester/Berlin, Read More …

Unfucking Elvis: Way Down in the Jungle Room

I downloaded the comprehensive box set of all the Elvis studio albums that came out earlier in the year (talk about thankless work) and I had to refer to several different websites to even figure out what the hell each album was. When Elvis finally Read More …

[Preview] Pansy Division, Quite Contrary

Twenty-five years after they first burst onto the burgeoning queercore scene, Pansy Division shows that age doesn’t stop a kick-ass rock and roll band with their new album Quite Contrary. Lead by Jon Ginoli on vocals and guitars and backed with Chris Freeman on bass, Read More …

Out, Loud, and Twangy Proud: A Night of Queer Honky Tonk with The Anointed and Lavender Country

On a hot July evening, I put on a borrowed blue leopard dress and got in my beat-up grey Nissan with my romantic partner in crime Millie and our mutual friend Rabbit, and headed down to Bloomington to a joint called The Back Door to Read More …

Etsy & Storenvy Spotlight: The Comeback Kid Search Adventure

It’s been…ew…let’s not talk about how long my computer has been out of commission (obviously much longer than I wanted or anticipated.) The good news is that I’m BACK with lots of things to share with you! As I sat down to write my comeback Read More …

Thoughts on Big Ears: Day Two

My experience at the second day of the Big Ears Festival was sonically diverse, to say the least. After grabbing lunch, I began the day spending an hour in an installation created by  Laurie Anderson to showcase the late Lou Reed’s interest and influence in Read More …

Let Me Spell It Out For You: The Importance of Meghan Trainor’s “NO”

If you listen to Meghan Trainor at all, you may have spent the last few weeks jamming to her new single “NO”, which is the first single off her upcoming album “Thank You”. Recovering from the backlash surrounding the idea that “All About That Bass” promotes Read More …

On Tin Whistles and Failure

I didn’t know much about my great-grandfather, my namesake. Still don’t, in fact. Growing up, I was told he hailed from Ireland. The promise of America lured him over. Before he left, he married a woman named Sarah. I dug a little deeper and dragged Read More …

[Spotlight Series] Youtube Artist: Andie Isalie

In a world of technology and social media, it’s become increasingly easier for artists to showcase their work on the internet. Musicians have more platforms and more opportunities than ever before to record their songs for the world to hear. But while it’s made sharing Read More …

[Faren’s Nerd Moment] My Five Favorite Songs from Halsey’s “Badlands”

  At first glance, Halsey may seem like just another hip female vocalist. I definitely thought this upon listening to the catchy “New Americana” when it first slinked onto the radio. Her vocals on the track don’t seem anything to scream about, but upon further inspection, you’ll Read More …

[Spotlight Series] YouTube Star: Dodie Clark

Featured image courtesy of Rebecca Need-Menear of www.rebeccaneedmenear.co.uk. In a world of technology and social media, it’s become increasingly easier for artists to showcase their work on the internet. Musicians have more platforms and more opportunities than ever before to record their songs for the world to Read More …

[Review] Raw Rock Kills: “Showbread is Showdead”

Last year, an illustration of the Reaper appeared on raw rock band Showbread’s site, accompanied by the omen, “showbread is showdead… the final album… 2015.” The news was bittersweet. Seeing the recent Instagram photos throughout their recording process has heightened my excitement for the new album, Read More …

[Review] The Beatles Remastered: A Hard Day’s Night

  Originally featured on Medium.com/@carrickmcdonald, December 15, 2015.  The first chord of “A Hard Day’s Night” has more vitality than anything from The Beatles’ first two albums. If that’s not enough, the song also introduces a couple of recurring tropes that will appear in various Read More …

‘Tis the Season for Free Music

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Whether you’re doing some festive baking, putting up the tree, buying/crafting/procrastinating on giving gifts, or simply cozied up by the fireplace, it’s time to channel your inner Christmas spirit and put the holiday radio on full blast. Read More …