Avril Lavigne, NPR and the Future of femme musicians: A conversation with Diet Cig

Pop-punk duo Diet Cig graced D.C.’s Rock And Roll Hotel last week in front of an eager sold-out crowd. Front-woman Alex Luciano, known for her contagious energy and sweetly provocative lyricism, left no one disappointed with her hyperactive splits, kicks and jumps while drummer Noah Bowman held down the fort by keeping time. Diet Cig’s latest release Swear I’m Good At This made up the majority of the set, grabbing

Death From Above’s Sebastien Grainger talks leather jackets, tour, new album and feet

Death From Above’s fine-tuned sound doesn’t easily fit into the defined constraints of any particular genre. The Canadian rock duo prides themselves in authenticity, pouring their passions into each track of Outrage! Is Now, making it impossible to choose one that emulates the entirety of the album. Having recently dropped the “1979” from the end of their name, the artists hail back to their roots while celebrating the new album

Julien Baker fills 9:30 Club with charm and rich emotion

In lieu of Monday’s “Me Too” social media campaign advocating for solidarity against sexual harassment toward women, the all-female set at 9:30 Club Oct.17 was nothing less than empowering. Scranton, Pennsylvania, singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz brought sweet ballad while Nandi Rose Plunkett of Half Waif provided powerful electronica, all in support of Memphis, Tennessee, singer/songwriter Julien Baker’s moving, emotional melody. The stage, decorated with nothing but warm lanterns, brought a sense

Lemuria Celebrates ‘Get Better’ 10th anniversary with winter tour

After drinking margaritas and toying with the notion of crossing the Mexican-American border, indie pop-rockers Lemuria packed into the band’s van, traveling from El Paso to Phoenix for the next destination of their winter tour. The trio has been through this routine many times since the band’s inception in 2004; however, given the context of the 2017 presidential election, this time around provides a different context. The bandmates aren’t just

Mental Illness in Music: The Journey of Eliminating the Stigma

The rock music world has undergone another wave of tragedy since May, with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington suicides pulling the topic of mental health back in to the spotlight as a topic of discussion. Whether it be Cornell, Bennington, Cobain or O’Connor, the relationship between mental illness and musicians has been documented: according to a 2015 study conducted by the Icelandic genetics company deCODE, painters, musicians,

‘It’s really a blessing to have a medium like that in my life’: Too Close To Touch’s Keaton Pierce Reflects on New Album, Fall Tour

Rock group Too Close To Touch came off Vans Warped Tour this past summer with a highly praised sophomore album, Haven’t Been Myself, that packs an even stronger punch than 2015’s Nerve Endings with frontman Keaton Pierce fusing grief and emotional release with powerfully intense lyrics and aggressively chilling vocals. The Lexington, Kentucky, transplants are hitting the road with their fall tour as recent winners of Alternative Press Music Award’s

Interview: Joyce Manor’s Barry Johnson Talks About Maturity, Tour, ‘Cody’ and Kanye

Coming off their summer tour with Modern Baseball, Torrance, California pop-punk group Joyce Manor is running full speed into October with another tour alongside Crying and The Hotelier and a new album to boot. Unlike the previous records, Joyce Manor enlisted the help of a producer for Cody, an experience that forced frontman Barry Johnson to abandon his intuition and gut for the first time, resulting in a more mature