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Wild at Heart

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers dip into Rock & Roll's disheveled corners

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It's not often that someone sketches out his or her life path as a 13-year-old and sees the results materialize in adulthood, but Shilpa Ray is an exception. At that age, the New Jersey-bred, Brooklyn-based musician heard The Velvet Underground for the first time, an event that had a massive impact on her.  

Music: Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It's not often that someone sketches out his or her life path as a 13-year-old and sees the results materialize in adulthood, but Shilpa Ray is an exception. "I just knew I wasn't going to lead a very conventional lifestyle and eventually do something creative and not just something practical,” the 31-year-old says, calling from outside a noisy club in Houston before she and Her Happy Hookers take the stage.  

Music: The Black Lips

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Let The Black Lips off their leashes, set them on an unsuspecting audience and witness the confluence of public nudity, various bodily fluids, remote control car races, indoor fireworks, animal parts and blazing instruments (literally) and turn up their guitars and amps to a concussive, eardrum-shattering level. That's entertainment. And that's just how they sound.  

Music: Vivian Girls

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 19, 2011
If you ever need a reminder of how incredibly valuable location and hype are to a band's success, take a look at Vivian Girls. When the New York City-based outfit bubbled up in the Indie Rock world in late 2007, they were greeted with buzz and excitement. That early positive push was crucial to giving them a solid fan base as they got used to being a band.  

Vivian Girls

April 20 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, April 18, 2011
If you ever need a reminder of how incredibly valuable location and hype are to a band's success, take a look at Vivian Girls. When the New York City-based outfit bubbled up in the Indie Rock world in late 2007, they were greeted with buzz and excitement. That early positive push was crucial to giving them a solid fan base as they got used to being a band.  

Ungaming the System

“Chiptune” artists like Anamanaguchi move the 8-bit aesthetic beyond novelty

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
It's been 26 years since the Nintendo Entertainment System came to North America, accomplishing the kind of colossal feats that few products do. In another example of how profound the Nintendo's impact was, a thriving subculture is still dedicated to tapping into the machine’s rudimentary sonic palette to make new Electronic music compositions. Chiptune (aka Chip Music) existed before the NES, but today the genre is predominantly associated with that console.  

Music: Young Prisms

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Three-year-old San Francisco group Young Prisms submerses their melodies in barrels of reverb, creating something gorgeously indistinct. With good reason, the Prisms receive frequent comparisons to Shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine in the press. In the future, the group plans on digging deeper into both the experimental Shoegaze and more conventionally melodic angles.  

Young Prisms

April 17 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Friday, April 8, 2011
In the “Genre” section of their Facebook page, Young Prisms shout their answer in caps-lock: “SHOEGAZE.” It’s nothing new for bands to skewer the concept of embracing or self-identifying with genres (comb through MySpace for a couple of hours and you’ll lose track of how many bands think that listing themselves as “Christian Rap” or “Ghettotech” is gut-bustingly funny), but in Young Prisms’ case, the line between truth and gag is terribly blurry.  

The Wonder Years

April 10 • Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
At first blush, Dan “Soupy” Campbell's lyrics and Charles Bukowski's poetry and prose have a whole lot of nothing in common. In The Wonder Years, Campbell backs up buoyant Melodic Hardcore/Pop Punk with defiantly upbeat verse, coping with trials, travels and tribulations by maintaining a silver lining mentality. Bukowski, on the other hand, was a downtrodden cur of a writer, providing one unflinching look at his fucked-up reality after another.  

Music: The Wonder Years

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
At first blush, Dan “Soupy" Campbell's lyrics and Charles Bukowski's poetry and prose have a whole lot of nothing in common. In The Wonder Years, Campbell backs up buoyant Melodic Hardcore/Pop Punk with defiantly upbeat verse, coping with trials, travels and tribulations by maintaining a silver lining mentality. Finding similarities between the two seems impossible until Campbell explains what he enjoys about Bukowski.