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Getting to Know: Matt James, Blacktop Mojo

Article & Photos: Linda Carlson If you don’t know Blacktop Mojo, get yourself out from under that rock!  This East Texas band, formed in 2012 by lead singer Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, fills an underserved rock niche that infuses classic southern rock with metal and grunge overtones, sprinkled with

Damn you, Coronavirus… I Miss Live Concerts!

Article & Photos by: Linda Carlson   As a concert photographer, I regularly attend live performances, photographing nearly two hundred bands last year alone.  Then all of a sudden… Boom!  NO LIVE PERFORMANCES, thanks to the coronavirus.  Like most concert-goers, there is a hole in my life, and I am a bit

Interview with THE DODIES

  Quarantine interview time! MonkeyGoose contributor Jason Robey had a Zoom chat with The Dodies, a young garage rock duo from the southern desert of Israel. Check it out:     THE DODIES songs jump head-first into depression, alienation and rage, contrasted by hooky riffs and catchy melodies. They are completing their new album

Album Review: Yuki – Be Free

Article by: Charles Yamabe   Chicago, IL -- It's not often I get sent an album that I immediately fall in love with, let alone a freshman album by an artist that, for all intents and purposes, is relatively unknown. The album Be Free by nineteen-year-old New Zealand native Yuki is

Album Review: Matt Mann & the Shine Runners – Anytime but Now

Article by: Bylle Breaux     Matt Mann and the Shine Runners are releasing a new album next month and it’s their finest yet.  Lead singer/songwriter, Mann, moved from Los Angeles to Nashville just over two years ago and it’s proving to be the right choice.  His budding friendship with new lead guitarist,

Movie Review: The Call of the Wild (2020)

Article by: Alice-Ginevra Micheli   The Call of the Wild is the most recent iteration of Buck’s story, a pampered pooch who gets sold as a sled dog and ends up having to survive many perils along the way, including the wilds of the Yukon. Based on the pre-eminent Jack London novel

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