Broken Social Scene Converges

Canadian indie pop big band Broken Social Scene could very easily be the punchline to a joke your alt uncle tells at Thanksgiving or the subject of a Hard Times headline. Instead, it’s a juggernaut, a force to be reckoned with in any self-loathing, introspective millenial’s iTunes library. The collective has been around for 15 years now, losing and gaining musicians, taking breaks and getting back together. All 15 original members reconvened last year (along with three new ones), returning from a seven-year hiatus to release their sixth LP, Hug of Thunder.

Voodoo News: Brand New is Consistently Brand New

In rock and roll years, late thirties elevates a band to wise elder status. Brand New released its first album in 2001 and have lived five different lives on each of their studio albums through experimentation with different genres, vocal styles, and sounds. No Brand New album sounds alike, which is what makes the band's most recent and possibly final release, Science Fiction, both intriguing and enjoyable.

Girlpool Connects with Vulnerability and Friendship

In the middle of Girlpool’s show last week at Republic, guitarist Cleo Tucker laughed at her bandmate and best friend Harmony Tividad as the two joked about how amazing it would be if Starbucks had a gas station. The audience, a modest crowd clad in baggy jeans, button up shirts, and grunge hair styles, giggled along with the band.

Zack Villere Tries to Figure Out What's "Next"

When I interviewed electronic artist Zack Villere in 2016, he saw a future as a singer. 

“There are so many different facets to pop music that I can make what I want if I call it pop,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s pop like Justin Timberlake pop, but it might be. You never know what the next wave of popular music will sound like.”

Alison Crutchfield Works on Her Boundaries

When Allison Crutchfield described Tourist in This Town as a “feminist break-up record,” she meant she was revisiting one of rock ’n’ roll’s most common concepts, but her way. “I think anything I make will a feminist record because as an artist, that affects everything that I make, even though this is an album about a fucking break-up,” she says.

Day For Night Powers Through, Rain Or Shine

When you think of a music festival in 2016, an abandoned post office doesn’t generally come to mind, so when I learned that Houston’s second annual Day for Night festival would be held at the old Barbara Jordan Post Office building, I was intrigued. A quick perusal of the festival’s website offered a little more insight into the unusual location choice.

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