Band Profile: glass beach

The four-piece released their debut, the first glass beach album, on their own budget. Fusing everything from ’80s synthpop to emo, glass beach’s mastery in a range of genres is apparent from the beginning of the album, which gives the listener a snapshot of glass beach’s musical capabilities.

Life and Legacy: Chris Cornell

By Amy Szmik, Contributor  [Photo by Universal Music Enterprises] The news of legendary grunge musician, Chris Cornell’s death shocked the music world when he died May 18, 2017. Best remembered as the lead singer of grunge band Soundgarden and rock band Audioslave, he was noted for his incredible four-octave vocal range. Cornell had cemented a place…

Life and Legacy: Lil Peep

By Amy Szmik, Contributor [Photo Courtesy of NTS] Emo-rap sensation, Lil Peep, left a legacy not just on music, but on pop culture. Considered the “future of emo” by Pitchfork, his tragic death on Nov. 15, 2017, left a mark on the music industry for musicians and fans. He was notable for pioneering both the…

My Chemical Romance announces surprise reunion show

By Amy Szmik, Contributor [Photo courtesy of My Chemical Romance] After officially breaking up in 2013, My Chemical Romance announced on October 31 a surprise reunion show called Return, which is slated for Dec. 20, 2019, at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. This will be the band’s first performance since 2012.  Read more:…

Arizona band AUDRA releases new album

By Amy Szmik, Contributor [Photo courtesy of AUDRA] Arizona post-punk band AUDRA released their fourth and latest LP, titled Dear Tired Friends, digitally on August 23 and on vinyl and CD on October 18. Read more: Singer-songwriter Nikki Jean releases short film “Get Free” The 10-track album began as a four-song EP; when brothers Bart…

Album Review: Chelsea Wolfe – Birth of Violence

By Amy Szmik, Contributor   [Sargent House; 2019]  Rating: 7/10  Key tracks: “Deranged for Rock & Roll”, “The Mother Road”, “Dirt Universe”  Isolating herself, singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe settled in Northern California to focus on her new album after an extensive touring regime. During the time she spent locked away, she created her 6th LP, Birth of…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2019 Summer Bangers

Before the leaves turn red and we shift our gears into the chilly fall, here are ACRN’s certified summer bangers of 2019. Add them to your Back-to-School playlist while summer extends its stay! Emily DiAlbert, Editorial Director: Tyler, The Creator – “GONE, GONE / THANK YOU”  The most iconic breakup song of all time, Tyler,…

Soul Singer Jordan Mackampa Releases New Single

By Amy Szmik, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Josh Shinner] Singer-songwriter Jordan Mackampa released his new single, “What Am I,” on Friday, September 20. Blending alternative pop and soul music, this release comes just months after his first single of 2019, “Under,” which came out May 24. Read more: Rock Musician Eddie Money Dies After Stage…