Rattling It Out: An Interview with Cassie Ramone

Rattling It Out: An Interview with Cassie Ramone BY KATI HENG The guitarist and lead singer of the now defunct Vivian Girls has gone back to her roots. Cassie Ramone, born Cassie Grzymkowski, has left Brooklyn after a decade of watching the city change before her eyes, finding herself back in her parents’ New Jersey home, planning her next move. Similarly, Ramone has returned to performing alone, recording alone [more]

Memphis Jukebox: An Interview with Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright

Memphis Jukebox: An Interview with Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright BY JORDAN MAINZER From The Oblivians and Compulsive Gamblers to ‘68 Comeback, The Deadly Snakes, and Parting Gifts, Memphis born and Asheville-based musician Greg Cartwright has been the brainchild behind a seemingly endless number of influential bluesy garage punk groups. But it’s the soulful Reigning Sound that keeps him the most busy these days. Started back [more]

Collect This: The Young's Chrome Cactus

Collect This: The Young's Chrome Cactus BY PETER LILLIS Chrome Cactus—the third LP from Austin’s The Young, their second on Matador—sounds familiar. Throughout the Tim Green produced record (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, Melvins, Nation of Ulysses) are fuzzed out pentatonic bass lines, squealing guitars and dueling solos, and hushed reedy vocals; all aspects equally represented in some [more]

Minor Chords: Talking to Frances McKee of The Vaselines

Minor Chords: Talking to Frances McKee of The Vaselines BY JORDAN MAINZER If Mission of Burma disbanded early on in their career for a very specific, serious reason (tinnitus), then Glasgow indie pop band The Vaselines disappeared comparatively mysteriously. The band released a series of initially-unheralded singles and EPs and one full-length LP, 1989’s Dum-Dum, before breaking up. But they found new life when, of all [more]

Rattling It Out: An Interview with Cassie Ramone

BY KATI HENG The guitarist and lead singer of the now defunct Vivian Girls has gone back to her roots. Cassie Ramone, born Cassie Grzymkowski, has left Brooklyn after a decade of watching the city change before her eyes, finding herself back in her parents’ New Jersey home, planning...

Memphis Jukebox: An Interview with Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright

BY JORDAN MAINZER From The Oblivians and Compulsive Gamblers to ‘68 Comeback, The Deadly Snakes, and Parting Gifts, Memphis born and Asheville-based musician Greg Cartwright has been the brainchild behind a seemingly endless number of influential bluesy garage punk groups. But it’s the soulful Reigning Sound that keeps him...
The Young - Chrome Cactus (Matador Records)

Collect This: The Young’s Chrome Cactus

BY PETER LILLIS Chrome Cactus—the third LP from Austin’s The Young, their second on Matador—sounds familiar. Throughout the Tim Green produced record (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, Melvins, Nation of Ulysses) are fuzzed out pentatonic bass lines, squealing guitars and dueling solos, and hushed reedy vocals; all...
Frances McKee (left) and Eugene Kelly (right) are The Vaselines

Minor Chords: Talking to Frances McKee of The Vaselines

BY JORDAN MAINZER If Mission of Burma disbanded early on in their career for a very specific, serious reason (tinnitus), then Glasgow indie pop band The Vaselines disappeared comparatively mysteriously. The band released a series of initially-unheralded singles and EPs and one full-length LP, 1989’s Dum-Dum, before breaking up....