A Cheeky Chat with Brad Petering of Indie Hip-Pop Band TV Girl

Photo by Lilay Cai & Billy Coughlin // NorCal based band TV Girl is so genre-bending that I’ve coined the new term “hip-pop” specifically for them. That’s how ahead of the curve they are. To prove to you what I mean, here are some sounds you can find in just their last two albums alone: Mexican mariachi… Continue reading A Cheeky Chat with Brad Petering of Indie Hip-Pop Band TV Girl

Once In A Lifetime: The Talking Heads Concert Film “Stop Making Sense” Live

One by one the members of The Talking Heads trickled onto the stage…in the 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense that is. From retro synthesizers to unsteady table lamps to one really, really big suit, the performance art piece filmed by award-winning director Jonathan Demme is truly one of kind. I only found out about the… Continue reading Once In A Lifetime: The Talking Heads Concert Film “Stop Making Sense” Live

Paul McCartney Live: From Penny Lane to Memory Lane

When one of two surviving members of The Beatles plays a show in your backyard, you should probably go. When my mom asked me the day of the Chicago Paul McCartney show if I was going to go, I said no. She didn’t understand why, she thought it would be perfect to cover for my… Continue reading Paul McCartney Live: From Penny Lane to Memory Lane

Fletcher Shears of Puzzle: We Talk His New EP “Tighten The Reins”

Photo courtesy of Fletcher Shears // Where in the world do you find Fletcher Shears? You could find him beating the shit out of his drum kit, on stage somewhere in Europe with his twin brother playing in their experimental punk band The Garden. You could also find him quietly fiddling with a keyboard in his bedroom… Continue reading Fletcher Shears of Puzzle: We Talk His New EP “Tighten The Reins”

A Cheat Sheet To (Financially) Supporting the Indie Artist

Photo by Gear Patrol // T-shirt waiting in shopping cart. Song ready to be streamed. Color vinyl bundle bought. Participating in the purchasing of music and merchandise has more strings attached to it than ever before. It’s hard to know exactly where your money is going nowadays let alone how much is actually getting into… Continue reading A Cheat Sheet To (Financially) Supporting the Indie Artist

An Interview with Andre Hyland: Writer, Director & Star of “The 4th”

Sometimes in life you just come across really cool people doing really cool things. Andre Hyland is one of those people. With a bright Midwestern kid smile and a mop of curly hair at times adorned by retro striped sweatband, Hyland is a man of many titles. Writer, director, actor and comedian to name a… Continue reading An Interview with Andre Hyland: Writer, Director & Star of “The 4th”

Back To School: Art & Music at My Alma Mater

“Back to school….back to school, to prove to Daddy I’m not a fool….” (Quick, name that movie!) Yes, it’s true. I went back to school…but just for a day! Yes, this weirdo made her way back down to Normal, IL to visit her alma mater Illinois State University. I have to admit that while I… Continue reading Back To School: Art & Music at My Alma Mater