Neil Lord

Signal to Noise: Immune Recordings

Signal to Noise is a new column penned by Neil Lord. It will run periodically on Pop Press International. This feature column will spotlight and discuss artists, labels, and trends within the noise…

Peek into the Cosmos with Panabrite’s Blissful “Balsam”

As if on his back in a planetarium, Panabrite’s Norm Chambers crawls effortlessly through the cosmos in “Balsam,” a standout drifter off his recently released new album Pavilion. The song seems to go from azure…

Erica Sings: Adirondack Folk Music for the Weak of Heart

Not much can be found on the 1940’s starlet Alice Armand beyond the few glitzy Romantic Comedies she performed in (most notably The Blue Bird), but if you go off her seemingly isolated…

Literature Schools Hometown Crowd at Hotel Vegas: Live Review

Sunday night at Hotel Vegas was a homecoming for the revered pop punkers Literature, now residing in their northeast haven of Philadelphia PA. Kicking the show off late with blistered guitars and flailing…

Stream the Hazy New Single “Bleached Teens” by Holy Youth

On October 14th, Happenin Records will release the debut record from Montevallo, Alabama’s Holy Youth. Lead single “Bleached Teens” finds itself stumbling around long after the house party is over. Glistening lead guitar…

Lower’s Mean Spirited New Video for “Daft Persuasion”

Spitting venom at one anonymous, despicable individual, Lower’s Adrian Toubro seems especially ready to persuade the viewer to feel his animosity. A hooded figure lightly drapes his arms across Toubro’s chest, as if…

Swedish Duo JJ Creep Around the Desert in New Video “Dynasti”

The new video “Dynasti” from mysterious Swedish duo JJ pulsates with occult imagery and pagan ceremony. As girls spin around in glitter masks with cloaked minions, they set on fire enough upright pianos…

Live Review: Monofonus Press & Spray Paint Take Over Hotel Vegas 9/19

A light sweat covering his face, John Wesley Coleman strummed through a couple of his best C-major compositions kicking off the Monofonus showcase at Hotel Vegas Friday night. With a lighter amount of…

Live Review: Shabazz Palaces Get Otherworldly at Red 7

Hip-hop can be a difficult genre to perform. In terms of actually “performing,” the result can be more karaoke than art exhibition. The easiest route for large scale stage productions usually revolves around…

Live Review: The Gospel of Earth at Red 7

Just to preface, Earth is possibly the heaviest live band I have ever experienced. I’m not necessarily using the word “heaviest” like most passionate metal fans would in terms of their favorite “heavy”…

Upcoming: Spray Paint at Hotel Vegas 9/19

Friday the 19th welcomes Austin’s premier scum-rockers back to Hotel Vegas. The no-wave trio will be celebrating the release of their new LP Clean Blood, Regular Acid. A set of their noisiest, dark-humored…

Live Review: 2014 Stargayzer Festival

The clouds that hung over Austin on Friday the 12th were omnipresent, looming and spitting even after the sun went down. The mat grey sky blanketed everything as the temperature dropped below 80…

Sungod’s Heavenly “Shiftless en Nkawkaw”

Out of the gate, Sungod blazes into their latest single with a barrage of percussion. At first, the mix seems to be restrained and tame, easy on the listener. But things are not…

Inaugural Stargayzer Fest This Weekend in Austin

This weekend begins the first ever Stargayzer Festival, held at the east sides infamous Pine Street Station. A spectacular line-up of a 100+ artists representing the LGBTQIA community will fill out the weekend…

Video: Amen Dunes “Splits Are Parted”

A pendulum ponytail wags in the dark as a young girl runs towards the viewer, opening the video for Amen Dunes’ latest single “Splits are Parted.” Backlit, hand reaching forward through a strobing…

Upcoming: Shabazz Palaces September 16th

Tuesday the 16th welcomes back Seattle’s hip-hop wunderkind Shabazz Palaces. On the tail of their most recent, excellent release, Lese Majesty, the duo of Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire will perform on the…

Whirr at Red 7: Live Review

Cruising through two decades worth of College Rock 101 in an open topped convertible, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes began the night at Red 7 Saturday. A guitar/drummer two-piece, the band exhausted their audience…

Show Preview: Whirr at Red 7 Saturday, September 6th

Supporting their new album Sway (out September 23rd on Graveface Records), the bay area’s Whirr will be playing at Red 7 this Saturday September 6th. A sound equal parts atmospheric and heavy, Whirr…

Iska Dhaff at Mohawk: Live Review

Buzzing synths and a curtain of feedback introduced Seattle Washington’s Iska Dhaff at Mohawk on Thursday night. The duo, comprised of singer/guitarist Nathan Quiroga and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Verdoes, launched into a set stuffed…

Amen Dunes with Axxa/Abraxas & Hidden Ritual at Hotel Vegas: Live Review

“This next song is an old one. It’s about taking drugs in New York,” Damon McMahon, aka Amen Dunes, informed the crowd, smirking and jumping into a breezy rendition of “Christopher” from 2011’s…

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