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"Gaia" By Amy Joe Goes Green

"Gaia" By Amy Joe Goes Green

Dazedly, I stare into blankets of snow outside my dirty window listening to the melancholic ambience of “Gaia”, a new creative venture from Amy Joe. Colored with dizzy guitar strums nearly punching the sound waves as they emerge, the dissonant qualities of the intro distort the air around me. Like waves emanating from hot pavement in the distance, the song dances through space like a vapor. 

I find myself on the other side of this dreamscape now attentive to Amy Joe’s simple yet definitive message of care for the earth....


Wake Up Call - Review of "Wide Awake" by Samantha Stone

Wake Up Call - Review of "Wide Awake" by Samantha Stone

The latest offering from L.A. based darkpop artist, Samantha Stone is a true gem: a 2:22 single entitled “Wide Awake.” Stone wastes no time unleashing her heartfelt melancholy, accompanied by an incredible drum and guitar groove. Her longing, amplified by the warmth and presence of live instruments, brings a flood of mid-2000’s nostalgia. At the very center of this dreamscape, we find ourselves floating somewhere between reality and the immaterial. Stone’s voice, though distant, pulls us back into our bodies and more importantly, right into another relentlessly catchy chorus. It is somehow mysterious and familiar all at once -- It...


Nothing Hurts When I'm Asleep

Nothing Hurts When I'm Asleep

As embracing/expressing emotion continues to gradually come to light in humanity as a whole, expression through music has also evolved & taken shapes in new ways. For example, artist Autumnboy, hailing from Chippenham, a small town just outside Bristol, UK. Taking nostalgic influence from the genre bending legends Linkin Park, along with more modern influences of Being as an Ocean, Nothing/Nowhere, & GothBoiClique, Autumnboy has brought a unique sound to underground music.

He flows seamlessly through heartfelt choruses, spoken word poetry, & harsher yells that can’t be ignored. His vocal performances are highlighted by ambient guitar & synth leads, layered...


Depicting Violence in the Digital Age: an Interview with Agnikaii

Depicting Violence in the Digital Age: an Interview with Agnikaii

A quick scroll through your favorite social media app can produce videos of state-sanctioned killings, hateful tweets from politicians, tips for disarming an active shooter -- we have become accustomed to violence, broadcasted into our homes and onto our mobile devices. It is now more readily available than ever before.


Such vile reality produces artists like Malik Nelson, also known as Agnikaii,  emerging from the bloodied landscape. His work reflects this digital display of brutality back at us; the collision of living subject matter with gruesome affliction unearths a vision of death and distortion that...


First Look: Astral Science with ETC

First Look: Astral Science with ETC

etc. /adverb/ - used at the end of a list to indicate that further, similar items are included.


Enter the paradox of ETC. While his name is likened to this familiar abbreviation, we will no longer find it at the end of anything: collectively, we should begin to expect ETC at the forefront, spearheading new configurations for lyricism. The current state of hip-hop finds us without a compass -- the edges of the genre fray and root into a plethora of syncretic listening experiences, a phenomenon that 10 years ago would’ve fallen victim...