Exclusive track premiere: Joel Shanahan’s “Staring Deep Into Nothing”

Portland-based producer Joel Shanahan, better known as Golden Donna, has just released “Staring Deep Into Nothing”, a new track from his ambitious upcoming ambient electronic album Frozen Clock Hovering on Ratskin Records. Shanahan’s newest release explores complex, esoteric rhythmic zones, electronic drones and otherworldly ambient spaces. “Staring Deep Into Nothing” begins with a delicate, ping pong arpeggiator reminiscent of early electronic recordings. Soon, that ping … Continue reading Exclusive track premiere: Joel Shanahan’s “Staring Deep Into Nothing”

Even silence has a hum: Inside the blues of Black Daddy Slim

Photo credit: Ginger Photography I first noticed Black Daddy Slim when he dropped, with a bang, five albums at once on Juneteenth, 2020. Emerging as one of Oakland’s most prolific and multifaceted artists, his work so far ranges from blues to hip hop to punk, throwing in the occasional poetry or funk. His newest blues album, American Home, is both haunting and heartbreaking. In between … Continue reading Even silence has a hum: Inside the blues of Black Daddy Slim

Pilgrims of Yearning announce debut album ‘Forsaken Lands’, release first single “The Visitor”

Photography by Rachael Shorr Pilgrims of Yearning is one of those bands whose name seems strikingly apt. Comfortably embedded in the post-punk scene, Boston’s Pilgrims of Yearning have still created a sound that speaks to something more expansive than limited genre terms can describe. Atmospheric and brooding, Pilgrims of Yearning’s compositions lean toward the nostalgic – to a time when lyrics were poetry, to a … Continue reading Pilgrims of Yearning announce debut album ‘Forsaken Lands’, release first single “The Visitor”

Our Way Forward: Eight deathrock musicians on COVID-19 and the future of music

Not much is known right now, except that the new normal may last for quite a long time. While society as a whole is making sacrifices, what does it mean for musicians and music fans, and this fragmented landscape we call a “scene,” to not have events to gather at, to not experience live music, to not be able to see each other in person … Continue reading Our Way Forward: Eight deathrock musicians on COVID-19 and the future of music

Friday I’m in Love: Obscura Undead’s virtual nightclub might be the best club night of 2020

Photo by Six Bells Chime Art and Photography Obscura Undead, Florida’s popular gothic news website and dance club promotion company, has launched a unique way of keeping their fans and friends occupied in the past month. Band livestreams and Twitch DJ sets have become more popular in the past month as cancellation of events seems to become semi-permanent and more and more cities undergo COVID … Continue reading Friday I’m in Love: Obscura Undead’s virtual nightclub might be the best club night of 2020

The Bedroom Witch celebrates the Persian New Year and mutual aid with the transcendent single “Rooze Roshan”

In celebration of the Persian New Year of the new decade, The Bedroom Witch has released a single that explores love, identity, and isolation. Funds raised by the track will be donated to members of the queer and trans community of color that are suffering financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sepehr Mashiahof, the artist behind The Bedroom Witch, explains: “I have a small list … Continue reading The Bedroom Witch celebrates the Persian New Year and mutual aid with the transcendent single “Rooze Roshan”

Quarantine Music Mixes 1

There’s nothing to do. There’s no shakin that ass at the club — not even sparsely placed goths, quite used to dancing 6 feet away from each other, can be found waving their spidery limbs in our midst. There’s no greetings at the DIY spot, no hugging friends, no drunken spittle flying through the air as we try to shout over “Lucretia My Reflection”. But … Continue reading Quarantine Music Mixes 1

Mystic Priestess cut through the haze in "Smoke and Mirrors"

Oakland deathrockers Mystic Priestess, known for their highly-charged live show and unique take on deathrock, stun loyal fans and new listeners alike with the first single from their newest EP, “Smoke and Mirrors.” At the forefront of the track is guitarist Winter Zora’s piercing, unforgettable guitar leads that dance just beneath the shouts and chants of singer Sierra Rose. Ethereal synths seem awash with the … Continue reading Mystic Priestess cut through the haze in "Smoke and Mirrors"