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There Is Magic in the World

“You should view the world as a conspiracy run by a very closely-knit group of nearly omnipotent people, and you should think of those people as yourself and your friends.” -Robert Anton Wilson

Getting Personal With: Lone Piñon

"Our economic system does all it can to confine music to the shape of something that can be bought and sold, but that is very little of what it can be--hanging out with traditional musicians in Mexico provided a great example of how much more is poss...

My Encounter with the Jimmy Buffett of Indie Rock

When I arrived home from the show, the dog that my wife and I had adopted that afternoon lunged aggressively in my direction with teeth showing—a terrifying experience accentuated by a threatening bark. Clearly my aura had changed within the few hour...

Getting Personal With: JOBS

Originally formed in 2008 as Killer Bob, the Brooklyn trio of drummer Max Jaffe, bassist Rob Lundberg, and guitarist Dave Scanlon became JOBS in 2015, releasing the remarkable Killer BOB Sings. With the help of vocalist Daniel Ellis-Ferris (of Loft O...

Best of 2015: Honorable Mentions & Reissues

HONORABLE MENTIONS When I put together my list of 50 favorite records released in 2015, I knew there would be some painful cuts to be made. It's one this to leave out records like Jim O'Rourke's Simple Songs and Teens of Style by Car Seat Headrest, ...

Mecca Lecca’s Favorite Videos of 2015

As someone who grew up watching endless amounts of music videos on MTV, I will always have a soft spot for the format, even if it no longer has the same impact it once did. Below you'll find 15 of my favorite music videos of 2015. Dan Deacon - "Wh...

2015: Year In Photos

In 2015, I rekindled my relationship with my camera to once again document live music. Below you'll find the 15 pictures that best represent my year. Adia Victoria @ Skylight Arc Iris @ Skylight Beirut @ Santa Fe Plaza Bright Light...

Mecca Lecca’s Favorite Albums of 2015

As music steps further and further into the 21st century, the hard lines which once defined specific genres have grown more and more blurred. The internet has connected us to a vast expanse of music history that spans across oceans and time, extendin...

Christopher Paul Stelling in New Mexico

For the classic troubadour, the road is home. The traveling musician is a lifestyle frequently often dreamed about, desired and attempted. It's easy to understand how life on the road can be so glorified in the minds of the outsiders. The perspective...

Getting Personal With: Philosophical Zombie

On the opening line of Philosophical Zombie's debut album, Loneliness Is Blue And Not Blue, Ted Billings sings "I have traveled 'round all kinds of sorry states." Over a heavily distorted guitar and bass that sound like they've exploded through the s...

Getting Personal With: North Collins

Allow me to introduce you to North Collins, the husband and wife duo of Celine George and Robert Pycior (O'Death, Skeletonbreath). Following years of collaborating within the confines of their Rochester, NY home, Pycior and George have recently set o...

Getting Personal With: David Berkeley

Like any songwriter worth his weight, David Berkeley is a storyteller. Unlike the bulk of his contemporaries, Berkeley also possesses a degree in literature from Harvard. So rather than simply apply is narrative skills to musical compositions, Berkel...

Getting Personal With: Mishka Shubaly

E xperience may very well be the key to life. It makes us better human beings. It makes us better artists, workers, leaders, etc. And one of the most vital elements of experience is failure. Failure sucks. No one tries something new in hopes of cr...

Getting Personal With: Sean Kiely

I met Sean Kiely a little over three years ago. A friend had worked on Kiely's debut record, Arch Envy, back when Kiely was performing under the moniker Sean0Sean. Listening for the first time, Arch Envy immediately caught my attention with its i...

Buzz Osborne: Music. No Bullshit.

Originally Published by Miljen Aljinovic on santafegonzo.blogspot.com One of the things that turns me off from a band the quickest is when they babble ceaselessly about the ideas behind their music. There’s nothing less rock and roll than a guy de...

Getting Personal With: Jesse R. Berlin

Photo by Bryan Bruchman In all honesty, when I requested an interview with Jesse R Berlin, I did think it was a bit odd when his publicist responded with "Mr. Berlin will only do this in person. There's a gas station Arby's in Amarillo, TX. Can ...

Getting Personal With: tortuganónima

Today's the first day of tortuganónima's first ever tour of the U.S.. Hailing all the way from Santiago, Chile, the experimental post-rock quartet is playing their first gig tonight in the Houston suburb of Baytown, TX. While most of the tour will be...

Ellie Greenwich – Composes, Produces, & Sings

Ellie Greenwich Composes, Produces, & Sings   FOR FANS OF The Ronettes, Crystals, Shangri-Las WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Co-writing hits such as "Be My Baby", "Leader of the Pack", "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and "Da Doo Ron Ron", Elli...