[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] Protest Playlist: Songs for Resistance, Vol. 1

Songs To Smash Fascism To It seems like every passing day there is something bigger and more insidious to rise up against, but really what it can be boiled down to is antisemitic, anti-black, misogynistic, xenophobic, transphobic, homophobic, white nationalist, regressive fascist politics. If you’re gonna run around punching nazis it’s best to have a great soundtrack to enhance the …

[Sound Maven] The Night the Starman Fell: Vol. 4

Editor’s Note: “The Night the Starman Fell” is a tribute series compiled and edited by Music Editor, Elise Hillinger. The following is a tribute submitted by Karl Fink. CASE FILE – 1.0utside We all know by now that David Bowie has died. One could say he had predicted his own future cult status with his final work Blackstar, or perhaps …

[Sound Maven] The Night the Starman Fell: Vol. 3

Editor’s Note: “The Night the Starman Fell” is a tribute series compiled and edited by Music Editor, Elise Hillinger. The following are photos submitted as part of our tribute to Aladdin Sane. Mega-star(man) David Bowie was known for many talents, but the one that resonates the most was his ability to reinvent himself. He morphed from Ziggy to the Thin …

[Sound Maven] The Night the Starman Fell: Vol. 2

Editor’s Note: “The Night the Starman Fell” is a tribute series compiled and edited by Music Editor, Elise Hillinger. The following is a tribute submitted by Amanda Egger.  While the misfits of the world mourn the loss of their hero, David Bowie, I’m still trying not to implode over losing my father 6 days before Christmas. My father was invincible. …