Rob’s Articles for Motif Magazine
- Album of the Week: Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog April 12, 2018Philadelphia indie rock act Hop Along has creative versatility beyond their contemporaries. The band amplifies the singer-songwriter aesthetic with powerful sounds glistening with genuineness. It’s a mix of folk, ‘90s […] The post Album of the Week: Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog appeared first on Motif.
- Interview: Nick Panken from Spirit Family Reunion April 9, 2018Folk music, when done right, has an exuberance that stands on its own. There’s an organic quality that’s infectious and people will start to dance while basking in a joyous […] The post Interview: Nick Panken from Spirit Family Reunion appeared first on Motif.
- Album of the Week: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Dirt March 28, 2018Very few bands these days have a way of taking the senses to another world. Both visually and musically, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan from Toronto have the ability to do that while […] The post Album of the Week: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Dirt appeared first on Motif.
- Interview: Nick Sanborn from Sylvan Esso March 27, 2018In an age where the meaning of pop music is changing with the seasons, Sylvan Esso is putting an extraordinary spin on the style. The duo from Durham, NC, consisting […] The post Interview: Nick Sanborn from Sylvan Esso appeared first on Motif.
- Tiny Diamond Returns, News Café, Mar 30 March 27, 2018Last year, 2017, was busy for Providence alternative rock trio Tiny Diamond. Multi-instrumentalists Mia Dady, Piera Leone and Jess Texieira released the band’s second EP Light Codes on Jun 9 […] The post Tiny Diamond Returns, News Café, Mar 30 appeared first on Motif.
- Interview: Marissa Paternoster from Screaming Females March 24, 2018Screaming Females from New Brunswick, New Jersey, have been one of the leading bands in independent music for over a decade now. Their punk sound is intensified by Marissa Paternoster’s […] The post Interview: Marissa Paternoster from Screaming Females appeared first on Motif.
- Top 20 Albums of 2017 (Because 10 Wasn’t Enough) March 22, 2018To say that 2017 was a wild year for music is a vast understatement. As a reaction to the current administration in the White House, various musicians took a political […] The post Top 20 Albums of 2017 (Because 10 Wasn’t Enough) appeared first on Motif.
- Album of the Week: Preoccupations – New Material March 21, 2018Calgary post-punks Preoccupations have come a long way since changing their name from the controversial “Viet Cong” in 2015. Their 2016 album under their current name garnered a ton of […] The post Album of the Week: Preoccupations – New Material appeared first on Motif.
- Interview: Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius March 16, 2018Indie pop act Lucius has evolved since their beginnings at the Berklee College of Music in Boston during the mid-2000s. Their 2013 debut album Wildewoman put them on the map […] The post Interview: Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius appeared first on Motif.
- Album of the Week: Carissa Johnson and the Cure-Alls – Talk Talk Talk March 16, 2018Carissa Johnson is a musician who has been injecting rock music with a refreshing dose of originality for the past few years. Her blend of ‘70s punk, power-pop and melodic […] The post Album of the Week: Carissa Johnson and the Cure-Alls – Talk Talk Talk appeared first on Motif.
Rob’s Articles for Vanyaland
- New Sounds: Nico Rivers stirs the songwriters pot in the emphatic ‘Tidal Wave’ May 31, 2017Studio 52 is a community artist space located in the heart of Allston, and is proud to support the Boston music scene and local artist community. Blurring the lines between indie rock and folk, Boston singer/songwriter Nico Rivers exudes a raw passion through his music. Along with being behind the popular Live From Nowhere music […]
- After fielding complaints, AS220 removes Sharon Needles as 2017 Foo Fest headliner May 22, 2017Sharon Needles will not be headlining Foo Fest after all. The annual festival organized and curated by Providence arts space AS220 has cancelled the controversial drag performer’s headlining appearance at the August 12 and 13 festival after fielding complaints from both attendees and other bands and artists scheduled to perform that weekend. “Numerous local performers […]
- New Sounds: The New Up channel the raw emotion of the times on stellar LP ‘Tiny Mirrors’ May 18, 2017By walking the fine line between being both politically charged and reflective, San Francisco’s The New Up are no stranger to writing songs full of meaning. Blending blissful electronic-pop and jagged alt-rock, the band led by guitarist/vocalists ES Pitcher and Noah Reid bring out a sound that’s accessible and poignant. Their February album, Tiny Mirrors, […]
- Marian Hill, Dreamers, SWMRS lead Providence’s 2017 Summer Concert Series May 17, 2017For more than 20 years each summer, Waterplace Park in Providence has been buzzing with live music. Over four Friday nights this year, July 21 to August 11, the downtown outdoor space along the Woonasquatucket River amplifies the summer concert season, showcasing both the top acts in the city’s local music scene along with up […]
- Summer Sounds: Providence’s Bold Point Park unveils 2017 Waterfront lineup May 11, 2017One of the most anticipated happenings of the summer in Rhode Island has finally arrived. Back in December, Vanyaland reported on a “world class” seasonal venue putting on concerts in Bold Point Park in East Providence, which promised to bring sounds by the waterfront across the Providence River from Providence’s east side. Recently, the initial […]
- New Sounds: Black Lips rip it up on new album ‘Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?’ May 5, 2017Atlanta garage punks Black Lips are back with a sonically intriguing record that is as creatively manic as it is fine-tuned. Their eighth full-length, Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?, out today via Vice, is a raw gem that pushes various boundaries to put forth a new artistic direction for the band. Co-founders Cole Alexander and […]
- New Sounds: Gray Clouds honor mom’s ’90s Plymouth Voyager and guitar-pop harmonies on ‘Minivan’ April 28, 2017Sometimes the beauty of good music can be found with its simplicity. Gray Clouds, who are currently making a lot of melodic noise within Providence’s music scene, today dropped their debut album, Minivan, and the whole thing shines bright with pop sensibilities, catchy lyrics, and an overall presentation that’s very raw and harmonious. Formed by […]
- New Sounds: Julie Rhodes masters an Etta James classic in ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ April 21, 2017Studio 52 is a community artist space located in the heart of Allston, and is proud to support the Boston music scene and local artist community. Along with being an amazing blues vocalist, Julie Rhodes also has the ability to master a cover song better than a lot of her contemporaries. The Boston artist has […]
- RIP: Providence music scene mourns booking agent and venue manager Tim Davis April 20, 2017An aspect of life that can be hard to face is when people who we love and admire are taken away from this plane of existence way too soon. It boggles the mind and we are left with questions that’ll never be fully answered and they’ll try our patience until we find solace. The pain […]
- New Sounds: Doug Tuttle balances psych-rock delicacies on ‘Only In A Dream’ April 18, 2017Studio 52 is a community artist space located in the heart of Allston, and is proud to support the Boston music scene and local artist community. Every time Doug Tuttle writes and performs a song, it seems like he’s channeling creativity from another dimension. His brand of psych-folk is unique in the sense of how […]
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