Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

Music May 9, 2013

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

by Shaun Curran

"I hadn't been anywhere before last year, I'd hardly left England. And now I'm going to Japan. I never thought I'd be going to a place like that. I think it is going to blow my mind." Jake Bugg is getting used to going places. ...

Extruders have a rock epiphany

Music Apr 18, 2013

Extruders have a rock epiphany

by Ian Martin

"Before the gig, we were quite intimidated: a lowly rock band performing in front of a god. After, we found we could do it, and that was the turning point for us." Going back to at least when Paul the Apostle saw the light on ...

Japan's influence on Grimes grows deeper

Music Mar 21, 2013

Japan's influence on Grimes grows deeper

by Jason Richards

Grimes has never been shy to acknowledge the influence of Japan on her work. The Canadian electronic pop artist, born Claire Boucher, credits a wide and various list of Japanese inspirations, including Yayoi Kusama, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, "Akira," "The Legend of Zelda" ...

Hotel Mexico's pop aims at the heart

Music Feb 7, 2013

Hotel Mexico's pop aims at the heart

by Shawn Despres

It's tough to figure out where to take your band when you get some buzz in the media right out the gate. After getting noticed for its fuzzed-out pop jams from highly regarded online music outlets such as Pitchfork, Noisey and Gorilla vs. Bear, ...

ZZZ's hone skills abroad and have some chance encounters

Music Feb 7, 2013

ZZZ's hone skills abroad and have some chance encounters

by Shawn Despres

The highlight of 2012 for experimental postpunk trio ZZZ's was meeting Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore in Miami. It turns out the feeling was mutual. American record label Matador Records posted their artists' and employees' favorite things from the past 12 months online recently ...