[Sound Maven] Meet Taarkus

Get to know the band with a heavy sound, and even heavier themes. Taarkus is an ascending doom metal band from the L.A. area consisting of Stephanie Sallee (vocals, flute), Emma Maatman (organ, backup vocals), Zak Esparza (lead guitar), Greg Howell (guitar), Anthony Tetrow (bass), and Ricky Mendoza (drums). The sextet uses the haunting conduit of sludgy, psychedelic metal to …

[Sound Maven] Video Premiere: Grapevine – “Danger (us)” (Exclusive)

Everybody get Danger (us) Grapevine’s  new single “Danger (us)” offers a buoyant perspective of a tricky situation: finding yourself confusingly enamored with an unavailable stranger. The band is cognizant of its influences such as Shannon and the Clams, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Jefferson Airplane while remaining uniquely transcendent. Evocative front woman Karina Lopez (vocals) weaves a relatable narrative of …

[Sound Maven] Meet Ryan Holmberg

Maybe Electronic Music Isn’t So Bad After All Living in a small town can be rough. Despite the obvious setbacks, e.g. everything closes at 10 PM and there’s an abundance of people who actually watch The 700 Club, you’re also provided with the unique opportunity to carve out your very own little niche in an otherwise desolate cultural landscape. Ventura …

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by Megan Ranger Robbie cut deep into Ma’s leftover lasagna, the nuked cheese oozing from the layers of noodles she had carefully stacked the day before. He twirled the gooey string around his fork and chewed richly on the starch, meat, dairy, and sauce. He caught the saliva that had built up to the point of eruption in the corner …