Came for the Tacos, Stayed for the Bands: SXSW 2018 Diary
This year at SXSW we did more than just drink margaritas, eat tacos, and listen to bands, we had a party too. Away from the usual chaos of the festival, we hosted our first SXSW showcase in the oasis of a backyard at a house in East Austin with nine of our favorite bands.
BFFs Forever: Lala Lala's Lillie West and Chastity Belt's Annie Truscott
Annie and I met at a barbecue at our friend Harmony's house and then went to the Crocs store at the mall. Now we talk every day. She's the Ashley to my Mary-Kate. I love her.
Tour Pregame with Twin Peaks and The Districts
Chicago's Twin Peaks and Philadelphia's The Districts are heading out on tour together this Friday, March 16th. As a little pregame, we teamed up with the two bands to give away some free goodies. Enter to win after catching up with the bands in an interview with Cadien and Rob.
In Conversation with Painters Jessica Spence & Dennesa Usher on Race Relations and Women's Issues in Modern Art
Artists Jessica Spence and Dennesa Usher met while pursuing their graduate degrees in art at Lehman College. Bonding over their shared interest in portraying important societal topics like race relations and women’s issues in their work, they've stayed close friends and collaborators since.
Makin' It Hot Across America: a Photo Diary by Stuyedeyed
New York's Stuyedeyed captures their February tour run through two disposable cameras.
Down the Bible Belt with Brooklyn's BOYTOY
Right after Brooklyn band BOYTOY played our show at The Gateway last November, they toured down the east coast of the Bible Belt, stopping in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.
The Britanys' Single Release Party Photographed by Yer Boys
The Britanys' drummer Steele Kratt documents the bands release party at an old school Ukrainian restaurant in the East Village for their single "When I'm With You."
Midweek Music: Demo Taped
While Atlanta native Adam Alexander may only be 19 years old, he's already remixed Sylvan Esso tunes and been on tour with Wet and NAO. Known by his stage name, "Demo Taped," he's set to release his EP "Momentary" at the end of the month.
Pictionary with Vundabar
While Boston's Vundabar are obviously known for their music, they're also known for their dramatic and lively performances, charmingly goofy demeanor and if you didn't know, they also have quite the knack for the art of visual imagery.
Camp Howard's Tour Diary Looks Like a Sad Indie Film, But For All The Right Reasons
Having grown up with the Camp Howard boys, traveling on the road comes pretty naturally. We all live together in Richmond so we are well adapted to each others different quirks and triggers. We have our lazy arguments in the van, but they die quick.
New York's Pom Pom Squad: Better Than Your High School Cheer Team
Pom Pom Squad, a project fronted by Mia Berrin, is a musical diary entry influenced by the sounds of garage rock and RIOT GRRRL. Originally based out of Orlando, Florida, Mia began recording demos in her teenage bedroom before moving to New York City.
Don’t Start Your Year Taking a Shot of Malort, Or Do: New Years in Chicago
We rang in 2018 in one of the coldest parts of the country: Chicago, Illinois (pretty sure the city recorded its coldest New Year’s Day to date). Chicago’s very own Twin Peaks, the 5 piece band, held a three night run at Thalia Hall over New Years weekend - bringing along fellow Chicago acts and friends, Sun Cop, Knox Fortune, Dehd, Post Animal, Today’s Hits and NE-HI.
Going Against The Industry: A Conversation with Holyrad Studio
Holyrad Studio was born out of necessity two years ago after founder Daryl Oh was tired of trying to fit into an industry that was not built for her. From the ground up, she built a photo studio whose aim is to provide affordable access to artists.
Jonathan Burkhalter was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned a BA at the University of Tennessee and currently resides in New York City, where he is an MFA Candidate at Sarah Lawrence. His work has appeared in Ray's Road Review, Hooligan Magazine, Eropium, and elsewhere.
Moms Know Everything! How the Electronic Duo Kllo Came Together
Meet Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, Australian electronic-pop duo, Kllo; two “awkward” cousins combining musical forces.
Tumblr Magic with Zuri Marley
Let's take a #tbt to the days of junior high when Tumblr broke the internet. It was a personal space to fearlessly write and share anything that was on our minds...
AM/PM: Jerome Peel
Jerome Peel never intended to create a workwear brand popular with New York’s cool crowd when he designed a work shirt for his father’s painting business. Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Jerome was just doing his father a favor...
BOYTOY & Britney at The Growlers Six Festival
Last weekend, Brooklyn trio BOYTOY performed at the Growlers Six, the new variation of Beach Goth, a two day festival set during the spookiest time of the year, thousands of visitors crowd onto the LA Waterfront to see the likes of...
A Moment In Time: Brian Hill and the Noh Starrs
Inspired by no-wave ancestry, New York's Brian Hill, released his self-titled debut album August 18th, 2017 along with his band the Noh Starrs. Serving as a marker for this moment in time, Brian and his group took photos and collected newspaper clippings from the week of their release.
First Time For Everything: The Parrots in NYC
On the night The Parrots arrived in New York City for the first time they walked all the way from Brooklyn into Manhattan, ventured to Times Square, and then ended up at a drag queen competition in Chelsea...
Take It Outside, a Photo Book by Tim Nagle
The common thread present in the photographs in Take It Outside, a photo book by Tim Nagle, is that they were all taken on the fly. A photographer capturing his life and those of others, his shots range from moments on tour across the country...
Pictionary with Crystal Zapata
Crystal Zapata, a Chicago-based designer and artist, experiments with constructing dysfunctional furniture, silk screening clothing, photography, and graphic design... definition of a Renaissance woman in 2017 if there ever was one.
On The Road With Kweku Collins
Photographer Cooper Fox shares images from his time spent on tour with Chicago based artist Kweku Collins as he supported Whitney in a six show run across the south.
It Takes Two: Bunny's Jessica and Alexa Viscius
Twin sisters Jessica and Alexa Viscius make up one half of Chicago band Bunny. With their counterparts Shane Prewitt on drums and Tim Makowski on guitar, you're immediately brought into a hazy world full of secrets and dreams you're begging to know.
The Only Band in New York You Want to Hang Out With: Gnarcissists
Gnarcissists is a band struggling to survive and stay sane in New York City. Here is their attempt.
With a taste for music and fashion twice their age, Australian band Parcels brings an unexpected sense of maturity and precision to modern day funk. "We’re still not quite used to this whole musician life...” jokes Jules, the lead singer, in between sets of their first New York show...
The Districts on Popular Manipulations (& Not Just Their Album)
The weekend The Districts released their latest album, Popular Manipulations, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville occurred, ending in violence. The country was sent into shock, looking for some sort of leadership from our President, but found none.
I Saw You In My Reflection
I saw you in my reflection, once again. I could see the black hair coming out of your pores like seaweed on an ocean bed. I was repulsed and scared. You smelled of sweat and nerves...
California Daze: Handpicked Tunes from The Buttertones
The Buttertones walk us down Long Beach pier into a lost decade of California culture. Their latest album, Gravedigging, gives it to us straight. It’s surf, played inside Joe Strummer’s motorcycle garage...
Caitlin McCann and Brandon Hagen Have Their Cake and Eat it Too
Interviewed by Vundabar frontman and close friend, Brandon Hagen, Caitlin McCann shares thoughts on touring and putting together her most recent zine, “Cake.”