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One of my favorite bands is Blankenberge and I had the honor of hearing them live in concert two years ago in May of 2019 in Offenbach, Germany during their European tour.  I love their amazing wall of dense, melodic sound.  I interviewed them after that show and wrote a blog, which can be viewed […]

Our Richard Gehring talks to Dima of Life on Venus about tunes and tunings, and dreams come true. Life on Venus is a five-piece shoegaze and dream pop band based in Moscow, Russia. The band members are Dima (guitar, vocals), Lisa (vocals), Marat (bass), Ivan (guitar) and Gulya (drums). Life on Venus decided on the […]

Our Richard Gehring catches up with Russian sonic sculptors Blankenberge in Germany. For those of you who are new to Blankenberge, they are a shoegaze and dream pop band based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The band members are Daniil (guitar), Yana (vocals and guitar), Dmitriy (bass), and Sergey(drums). In March of 2016, they released a […]

Polly Mackey evolves as a songwriter and producer, as she hones her craft completing tracks for a 2020 album release. By Deborah Sexton Polly Mackey—the singer, musician, songwriter and performer—who goes under the moniker “Art School Girlfriend,” first discovered her love of music when she was only eight years old. She got a drum set, […]

How to describe Pastel Dream? Guitars like languid waves. Cascades of icy synth punctuate. Lyrics like a well-worn, coffee-stained notebook. Vocals with warm, sparkling clarity and resonance. Feels like endless summer, and eternal youth. When even the injection of a saxophone fill (yes, saxophone) seems brilliantly suited, perfectly fitting, this is a crew that knows […]

Early 2015. DEAFCULT release their self-titled first EP. Opens up with the obvious single “BEEMOMUG“. Perhaps the best opening statement of a band this decade. The sound, the structure, the propulsion… it’s like being sweetly slapped upside the head. At our studios, we got the early release, and DEAFCULT won a permanent place in rotation, […]

From well-received early singles, to sparkling remixes, to their debut LP, Northern Automatic Music on Saint Marie Records, Chicago’s Panda Riot have continued to evolve from beachy cuteness to a dream pop band demanding to be taken seriously. And they are to be taken seriously. With all the hard work evident on their most recent […]

From well-received early singles, to sparkling remixes, to their debut LP, Northern Automatic Music on Saint Marie Records, Chicago’s Panda Riot have continued to evolve from beachy cuteness to a dream pop band demanding to be taken seriously. And they are to be taken seriously. With all the hard work evident on their most recent […]

We first took notice of Saint Petersburg, Russia’s Blankenberge in March of 2016, as some of the smartest folks we knew were praising their debut self-titled EP. For a debut to feature such an epic, cavernous sound right from the start, well, that’s some confidence right there. While still formative, the seeds were planted for […]

Groundbreaking. Polished imperfection. Genre-defying. Iconoclastic. Forefathers/pioneers. When you hear the name A.R. Kane spoken, it is usually uttered with a sense of respect and reverence, and with a relative word salad of superlatives attached. From their East London founding as friends and creative foils in 1986, to their professional and creative split in 1994, A.R. […]