VIDEO: INTERVIEW – J.S. Ondara Talks ‘Tales of America’, American Pop Culture

Twenty-six year old musician J.S Ondara has his own American tale of coming to the United States six years ago. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya to now living in cold Minnesota after being selected from a green card lottery, Ondara shares his life story and the American Dream he envisioned. Ondara discovered American music at a young age through pirated songs, gravitating towards Radiohead, Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie and American alt-rock. It wasn't until he mistakenly identified the song "Knocking on Heaven's Door"(an original by Bob Dylan) as a Guns N' Roses original that he became infatuated

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sasha Sloan Talks Anxiety, Plans For New Music

Singer/songwriter Sasha Sloan began establishing herself as one to watch last fall when she wrote and appeared on "This Town" with Kygo, King Henry's "I'll Be There," and on "Falls" with ODESZA. At a young age, Sloan has always been musically inclined playing piano and even buying chord books of Queen. After moving to L.A at nineteen, her musical growth expanded from writing songs for Charli XCX, Camila Cabello, and Dua Lipa to even touring with CHVRCHES, Joywave, and playing at Outside Lands. "I didn't know writing for people was a job" says Sloan. Aside from penning lyrics

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Methyl Ethel Talk ‘Triage’, Jake Webb’s Discovery of The Cure

Methyl Ethel released their latest studio album, Triage, on February 15, 2019 via 4AD, the third album in a triptych started with Oh Inhuman Spectacle (2015) and continued with Everything Is Forgotten (2017), which was named Best Independent Album by AIR, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association. After touring and promoting their album, Everything Is Forgotten, Jake Webb of Methyl Ethel returned to Western Australia and got to work on the material for the album, stating, "I got obsessed with a lot of theory, essentially trying to discover how songs work." Methyl Ethel is the musical project of Webb, but

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Nina Nesbitt Readies Release Of Debut Album

Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt has spent much of 2018 touring North America, sharpening up her live shows and showcasing some choice material from her first proper U.S. debut, The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change, due to be released February 1, 2019 via Cooking Vinyl. The album's title track was released earlier this year, in which Nesbitt explained, “This song is the light at the end of the tunnel where you remind yourself that nothing in life in permanent whether it’s good or bad. It’s almost like a self-help song that hopefully people can listen to in times

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Vaccines Talk Socio-Political Responsibilities, ‘Combat Sports’

Early this week, The Vaccines released the new single “All My Friends Are Falling In Love,” out now on Columbia Records. The single, written by The Vaccines frontman Justin Hayward-Young with collaborator Cole MGN (worked on Christine & the Queens’ latest record) is the band's first new material since releasing their fourth studio album, Combat Sports earlier this year. The critically acclaimed album was hailed for the band's return to their brand of "Vaccines rock and roll" and powerpop, led by the singles "I Can't Quit" and "Your Love is My Favourite Band". “We rediscovered who we

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Academic Talk Early Gigs, ‘Tales From The Backseat’

The Academic have been on the rise since the release of their full-length debut album Tales from the Backseat (out now on Downtown Records), where the record instantly shot to #1 in their native Ireland week of release and earned critical acclaim. Standout tracks "Different" and "Bear Claws" have garnered millions of streams and views of the accompanying videos, with the latter going viral after the band discovered a way to "hack" Facebook's natural livestream time delay to create an audio and visual loop pedal for the song. The band has had lots of experience playing live shows

ALBUM REVIEW: Forcefield by Tokyo Police Club

For those of you who haven't already heard, indie-rockers Tokyo Police Club are back with their first album since 2010's “Champ”. The band teased fans when they debuted the first song off the new album “Argentina (Parts I, II, III)” and further incited the frenzy when they officially released “Hot Tonight” as their first single. “Since writing started for “Forcefield” in mid-2011 there have been so many trends and every kind of ‘wave.’ We saw them all come and disappear or change into something broader. It left us wanting to make something that would last.” stated the band's vocalist and

Video Style: HAIM- “The Wire”

My new favorite trio of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana make up HAIM who just released the new video for their jam, "The Wire" earlier this month. LA-born and raised, the girls have also put out singles "Don't Save Me" and "Falling" which have often been compared to Fleetwood Mac. While they're not breaking hearts in the video, all three are rocking long, mermaid wave hair giving them the ultimate bedhead look. They've also perfected the motorcycle jackets paired over a band tee, collared button up or with a mini--this floral skater skirt is perfect. They already are three gorgeous ladies and tend to keep

Video Style: CHVRCHES-“The Mother We Share”

CHVRCHES is on fire right now and their debut album, "The Bones of What You Believe" comes out September 23 in the U.S. The Scottish electropop group released its music video for "The Mother We Share" last week although the single was released last year. Lauren Mayberry shines front and center in between Iain Cook and Martin Doherty in the video as it follows along a somber looking women wandering the city in search for someone. Mayberry's voice is very delicate but she plays up a heavy moto jacket over a black tee. Nasty Gal's "Moto Zip Crop" jacket is a