Q&A with His Dream Of Lions: "We’d Really like to Turn Pop Rock on Its Head in 2018"

With each new album comes reinvention, and His Dream Of Lions have taken full advantage of that on their newest release, Pseudo Star. Out February 16th, the new EP finds the Virginia pop rock band experimenting with their sound more than ever, broadening their range with classic influences peppered with orchestral and electronic elements. But the band hasn't only grown sonically - this time around, His Dream Of Lions are more self aware and transparent than ever.

Q&A with Semblance: "We Don’t Box Ourselves in at All"

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Maeve Gorman and Connor LeFevre, the two young masterminds behind alt/electro-rock duo Semblance learned that early on. When Maeve found it difficult to find like-minded musicians in her hometown to start a project with, she began to branch out online in search of someone who might be a good fit, and that's where she found Connor. Despite having never met in person, the two teens hit it off right away, and by the time they finally did come face to face, they had already started writing music together. 

INTERVIEW: Hi-Lo Jack Discuss Merging Genres on Their Debut EP, "Old New Clothes"

In a way, Old New Clothes, the debut EP from NYC trio Hi-Lo Jack has been a long time in the making. Even before the formation of the project, the band's three members - Dolapo Akinkugbe (aka rapper/producer DAP The Contract), Clyde Lawrence (of soul-pop band Lawrence), and Cody Fitzgerald (of indie-rock band Stolen Jars) - could be found collaborating with one another, from writing music together to featuring each other in their music. It only made sense to eventually merge their three distinct styles together to create Hi-Lo Jack and the subsequent EP, which dropped in November.

Just Enough Food Talks About Being an Independent Artist, The Denver Music Scene and His Vulnerable New Album, "Glory Days"

Josh Warner has been part of the Colorado music scene for as long as he can remember, be it in fleeting high school bands, hip-hop collective Travellers Music or his current labor of love, Just Enough Food. Earlier this year, Just Enough Food celebrated the release of Glory Days, his first studio album since he started writing, performing and touring over ten years ago. Fully self and crowd-funded, Glory Days is not only a celebration of Warners' freedom as an independent artist, but also finds him at his most vulnerable and honest yet. 

Q&A with Michigan Rattlers: "The Future Looks Bright"

2017 has been a busy year for Michigan bred, LA-based group, Michigan Rattlers. Filled to the brim with tour dates, festival appearances, the release of their new cover EP, Wasting The Meaning and even the addition of keyboardist Christian Wilder, this year has been Graham Young and Adam Reed's biggest yet, but when looking toward 2018, it only feels like a warmup for bigger and better things to come. 

INTERVIEW: Balanced Breakfast Co-Founder Stefan Aronsen Talks About Strengthening Local Music Scenes With New App

Have you ever found yourself wondering what you can do to better your local music scene? Well it turns out you're not alone, but if you're familiar with Balanced Breakfast, then you already knew that. If you're unfamiliar, Balanced Breakfast is a meeting of people who are passionate about their local music industry, formed by two like-minded individuals, Stefan Aronsen and Andy Freeman. What started as a weekly breakfast meeting between two friends turned into five to ten people sitting around a table at a local San Francisco diner, which quickly caught wind and continued to grow. Now, Balanced Breakfast meetings are had among industry folks, musicians and those passionate about their local scene across the country, and two international cities: Toronto & Bogota.

INTERVIEW: Home Above Open Up About Their Uplifting New Album, "Indecision To Move"

More than anything, music is about connecting with one another, and Texas pop-punk band Home Above prove that they understand that with their powerful new album, Indecision To Move. An uplifting release about self-discovery, motivation and positivity, Indecision To Move not only reminds listeners that in control of their future and their happiness, but that they're also not in this alone - at the very least, there's a group of four passionate musicians that understand you completely. 

HAWAI Open Up About Their Vulnerable New EP: "I Wanted to Go Explore the Unknown and Be Comfortable with the Process"

SoCal four piece HAWAI are ending 2017 on a high note with the release of their brand new EP, Hide in the Ocean. A more blunt and vulnerable release than the band's 2016 EP, Working All NightHide in the Ocean not only finds HAWAI at their strongest lyrically, but sonically, the band was able to explore their sound quite a bit more this time around, too. Both thematically and literally, the new EP finds the band stepping out into the great unknown, and the result is some of their best work to date. 

Q&A with Shy Beast: "We've Got Higher and Higher Peaks to Reach"

Dreamy indie pop outfit, Shy Beast was born an adult in 2017. Originally formed as MCG in 2013, the group collectively realized that it was time for an evolution and change in both sound and name a few years later and Shy Beast was the outcome - something that suited them perfectly. Flash forward a few months, and the band just celebrated the release of their debut EP under the new name in November.

Q&A with Ryan Young of Off With Their Heads: "I Want to Finally Do Something Cool for Myself"

Now more than ever, it seems like music is all about instant gratification. With streaming services and the ability to purchase an artist's entire discography at our fingertips, waiting over a year for new music feels like eternity. It forces artists to constantly release content, whether they're proud of it or not, but Off With Their Heads' Ryan Young won't fall victim to that. Although their most recent acoustic album Won't Be Missed came out over a year ago, Young insists on taking his time when it comes to writing and recording more new music in order to create something he's truly proud of. 

INTERVIEW: A War Within Open up About "Where the Lines are Drawn" & Plans for 2018

Detroit metalcore quartet A War Within have been hard at work all year, and now they're gearing up for what they hope will be their biggest year as a band yet in 2018. Following tour dates alongside Miss May I and Blessthefall in 2016, A War Within have been grinding to write and release new music while facing every challenge that comes their way head on - be it financial struggles, getting robbed on the road of even something as simple as trying to write their best music yet. 

Q&A with Becca Krueger: "I'd like Every Listener to Take Away Something New and Personal"

NYC songwriter and rising pop artist Becca Krueger is getting ready to take 2018 by storm. Her hypnotic new single, "We All In It" is the perfect teaser for her upcoming EP, which listeners can expect to hear more of by early next year. These new songs mark a shift in sound for the songwriter, who explored a darker pop tone and experimented a bit with the production of the EP to find the perfect sound.

Q&A with THRILLCHASER: "It’s Just About the Music from Here on Out"

One of the best things about music is that there are no rules, and pop/rock trio THRILLCHASER are quickly proving that with their new music and upcoming full-length, A Lot Like Love, out early 2018. You might know THRILLCHASER as their previous name, American Wolves from their massive 2016 single, "Part Of Me," but a year later, the band is back with a new identity and entirely fresh new sound that promises to launch their career even further.

INTERVIEW: D'Andre Tyre of A Wake In Providence Discusses Reinvention and Revisiting The Band's Older Music

If you aren't constantly reinventing yourself, are you really even an artist? New York deathcore quartet A Wake In Providence easily answer that question on their new EP, Insidious: Phase II, which was surprise released last month on Outerloop Records. Consisting re-recorded versions of the six original songs from their 2015 Insidious EP, as well as two newer tracks, "Psycho" and "Ov Hell," Insidious: Phase II marks a new chapter for A Wake In Providence with vocalist Will Ramos. 

Q&A with Isador: "I Would Love If I Could Help Others Who Are Working Through Similar Feelings as I Am"

"Falling," the debut track from 22 year old rising artist Isador is the perfect introduction to his world. Originally written shortly after he made the decision to drop out of college, "Falling" chronicles his own feelings of anxiety and self-doubt - feelings that any twenty-something will be able to connect with. By lifting the curtain on his own struggles, Isador mastermind Warren Heller is able to open up an conversation that most people are afraid to have - none of us are really sure where we're going in life, and that's perfectly okay. 

Butch Parnell Opens Up About "The Fall": "We All Want to Be Loved and Sometimes It Works and Sometimes It Doesn’t"

Alt-Americana singer/songwriter Dave Parnell (currently under the moniker of Butch Parnell) knows that it takes hard work, dedication and sacrifice to keep your head above water as a self-sustaining musician. Since picking up a guitar at about twelve years old, Parnell has been writing, recording and performing in some capacity, whether it was with his previous project, Runaway Dorothy or Butch Parnell.