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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

Album Throwback: Minus the Bear’s OMNI

Article by: Annie Pierce Featured Image Cred: Wikipedia. No changes made to the image Creative Commons   We can't talk about the 2000s indie scene without talking about Seattle based indie rock band Minus the Bear. While the band's debut album Highly Refined Pirates pretty much flew under the radar, their next two

Song Review: In Earnest – “Come Upstairs”

Article by: Sam Fallone   UK-based indie band In Earnest is set to release their second single "Come Upstairs" this Friday, July 3. "Come Upstairs" is a very emotional song about mental health and dealing with depression. The instrumentals throughout the song are beautiful and go perfectly with Thomas's soothing voice. "Come Upstairs"

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: The New Regime – Heart Mind Body & Soul

Article by: Jason Robey   The latest album from the one-man-band known as The New Regime is a wild journey through a myriad of musical styles and moods, with layers and textures that take multiple listenings to pick out. Multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin is solely responsible for the writing and performance on Heart

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,