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April 6, 2020

Checking out a new indie band for the first time is often a gateway to innumerable musical pleasures, and sometimes these extend beyond the experience of immersing - and in the case of Alabama based dream pop-punk-psychedlic-experimental rock Witch’s Wall, being comple...

March 25, 2020

Sometimes the best pathways to understanding the intention and necessity for innovative artists to make experimental/avant-garde/purely improvisational free jazz can be found in the liner notes of an offbeat project like MZM, which combines the talents, offbeat procliv...

March 25, 2020

In his fascinating liner notes for Solar Wind, a trippy, offbeat and purely improvised avant-garde collection combining the collective history, intuitive talents and just about anything goes mindset of of Robert Dick (flutes, piccolo, voice), Joelle Leandre (contrabass...

September 27, 2019

With a title that’s a clever twist on a familiar phrase and probably reflective of an overriding band aesthetic, Byre’s debut EP Here in Dead Lights is all at once, and alternately, trippy, fuzzy, languid, energetic, dreamy, hypnotic, hard rocking, synthy, poppy, rocky...

August 26, 2019

No amount of aural preparation or immersion into weird offbeat electronic sounds can quite prepare you for the trippy, ear and mind-bending experience of Smomid’s new album Pyramid Scheme – and that’s because the wacky cornucopia of rhythmic impossibilities, droning am...

August 14, 2019

In my October 2018 review of Reflection, the debut full length album by the uber inventive and adventurous prog-indie-psychedelic Twin Cities rockers Kazyak, I gleefully quoted some descriptive words by frontman and sonic mastermind Peter Frey as a launching point. So...

August 6, 2019

When Jason Harnell was six years old, his father, Grammy winning composer and arranger Joe Harnell, invited Louie Bellson to their house to hear the budding prodigy play. After playing a 15-minute solo, the legendary drummer handed the sticks to Jason and said, “Your t...

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