Written by Jose Benjamin Montaño "Can we meet at 10:30am?" So went the message from Erica Butts, the head song-writer of the New Jersey math-rock outfit, Rest Ashore, ahead of our interview last Saturday. It seemed early, but I agreed and decided to meet up with them at Cayuga Lodge — Cornell's independent co-operative house and frequent DIY show space where the bassist, Gabriel Bond, lives, and where the band had played the previous night.
When I got there, he was the only
Written by Jose Benjamin Montaño and Stephanie Parker At 21, Colin Hancock is backed by a résumé that many post-collegiate musicians would certainly envy. Considering his most recent performance at the San Diego Jazz Festival and the recreation of the first jazz album with his most recent ensemble—the Original Cornell Syncopators—his profile is certainly built on strong foundations. When we sat to discuss his past experiences, however, what came out of him was more a feeling
Written by Jose Benjamin Montaño When we met, Elysia sat on a giant red bean-bag chair in my living room. She quickly inserted herself in the conversation as as friend and I talked about how far we used to drive to see shows in high school. I remember hearing her comment on how quickly DIY-spaces were closing in downtown Los Angeles when I mentioned the current situation of The Smell, an all-ages venue we both had frequented. Her words were poignant, and deliberate, although
Written by Jose Benjamin Montaño “I think I always really loved pop music,” Beau confesses. “Pop can be so open to interpretation, and so many kinds of noises can happen.” In, fish songs, their last EP, this sentiment definitely rings true. The catchy, lingering melodies of the pop formula become distorted, phased through vocal pedals and enveloped in codeine-like backing tracks that doze in and out of the mix, while a crunchy percussion keeps the beat. From song to song, thi
We had an awesome time at the inaugural Cayuga Sound Music Festival this weekend. Here's a peek at some of the photos we took but be on the lookout for more coverage, including interviews and reviews coming soon! Huge thanks to X Ambassadors and Dan Smalls for bringing so many great artists together. #Cayugasound #Livemusic #Ithaca #NY