Written by Brandon Biallas
On their debut release, Phoenix-based jazz group House of Stairs fuses together elements of hip hop and electronica for a musical interpretation of MC Esher's artwork. Esher's visual innovations are mirrored in the album's complex arrangements and hypnotic melodies, and stands as a not-to-be-missed jazz release of the year.
Photos by Chris Caceres and Ronny Kerr. Words by Ronny Kerr
In promotion of his new album Negro Swan, Blood Orange performed at the Fox in Oakland on Friday, September 20. With a full band and support from fellow dream pop artist Empress Of, the artist sang kinship, openness, and love, and subtly channeled Prince. Here are photos and impressions from the show.
Written by Noé Loyola
From the outside, metal appears to be an impenetrable fortress of terror and suffering. What enjoyment can there be in such a grim place? This genre can offer a cathartic means of finding solace within yourself and the outside world, but getting there without guidance can be a difficult endeavor. Follow along and discover how to traverse the roads that lead to this wonderful realm of musical expression.
Photos by Noé Loyola
NY-based group Krallice have been hailed as one of the most engaging and experimental bands in modern black metal. Below are impressions of their show at The Highline in Seattle with support of Wayfarer, Addaura, and Voidthrone.
Photos by Noe Loyola
Seattle's heaviest music festival returned for a second year at Neumos, Barboza and Highline Bar. Below are photos of headliners Full of Hell, Primitive Man, Emma Ruth Rundle, and more.