Interviews



Interview and Live Photos: Petit Biscuit talks pump-up songs, birthdays and CGI before show at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall

Petit Biscuit, born Mehdi Benjelloun, is an 18-year-old French DJ and tropical house producer, who released his debut album, Presence, in November 2017. He performed his classical and electronic inspired music at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall this week, and also spoke with us about his inspirations, musical roots and favorite pump-up song before the show. Continue Reading

Bay Area bands light up the Great American Music Hall

It’s hard to be too surprised at small San Francisco concerts, but indie-pop newcomers First in Flight did just that at the Great American Music Hall alongside the established pop groupMOSAICS. There were backflips, metal riffs, rapping, and solos that made the front row paw at the stage. Both bands did not disappoint during this energetic, colorful night.

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Interview: DREAMERS on Bumbershoot and The Meadows, playing with Chester Bennington, and their upcoming tour

Take a look at most of this summer’s best festivals, and you’ll find DREAMERS on the bill. The up-and-coming indie rock act are making the rounds with a new album, “This Album Does Not Exist”, and the lead single “Sweet Disaster,”  which recently broke into the top 10 on alternative radio. Continue Reading

Interview: Tei Shi talks Bogotá, Britney Spears, and Berklee ahead of her upcoming North American tour

Tei Shi, the moniker of Valerie Teicher, grew up in Buenos Aires, Bogota and Vancouver, and now lives in Chinatown in New York City. Her music takes influence from this diverse range of environments, using her vocals and sparse musical backdrops to create lush, delicate pop music. Recently, The New York Times included Tei Shi in a “30 Under 30” special and Billboard called her album “Crawl Space” one of the Top 50 Albums of 2017 So Far. Continue Reading

Interview: Sofi Tukker on festivals, their friendship with Maggie Rogers and the appeal of Portuguese

Sofi Tukker is the stage name of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, a duo from Brooklyn best known for their single “Drinkee.” The track, from the 2016 album Soft Animals, was featured in an Apple commercial and highlights some of the Brazilian sounds that Sofi Tukker often feature in their music. Continue Reading

Interview: Peking Duk on working with AlunaGeorge, fan tattoos, and Chinese food

Australian duo Peking Duk first garnered attention in 2012 with the release of a Passion Pit bootleg remix. Now, they’ve worked with Laidback Luke, Elliphant and most recently AlunaGeorge for new single “Fake Magic.” Continue Reading

Interview: Fresh off X Factor, U.K. boyband Yes Lad debut new music and choreographed dancing at Manchester show

UK boyband Yes Lad is made up of five young lads, Cian (20), Jake (20) Sonny (20), Joel (20) and Lewis (17) from the north west of England. They made their singing debut on the 2016 series of X Factor UK and got through to the judges houses where they visited and performed for judge Louis Walsh before being sent home. Continue Reading

Playlist: 10 Songs That Remind The Skints of London

UK-based The Skints are currently in the middle of their 2017 U.S. summer tour, which hits Washington D.C. on July 13. Continue Reading

Music over matter in local San Francisco showcase featuring Fritz Montana, Mosaics and Locus Pocus

Four bands were billed for Fritz Montana’s album release show at the Independent in San Francisco on Friday night. When the blues-rock trio began considering who would fill those first two spots, they decided that it would be more important to feature bands who they wanted to play with rather than ones who would bring more fans.
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Mipso jam on stage while jammed-packed Slim’s twirl to narrative melodies

Joseph Terrell of Mipso (guitars, vocals) asked me what stood out about their show at Slim’s on Friday, why I enjoyed it so much. Over the phone, I said, because it looked like you guys we’re having so much fun on stage, we could feel it too. Continue Reading

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