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[CULT TALK] 9 Questions With Lydia Ainsworth, 2 About Halloween

[CULT TALK] 9 Questions With Lydia Ainsworth, 2 About Halloween

I discovered Canadian artist (and Grimes label-mate) Lydia Ainsworth’s music a few months ago, right around Halloween, and was immediately stirred by her icy, entrancing vocals. Her modern, otherworldly take on classical music (she taught herself to play the cello at age 10) is the perfect accompaniment to the eeriness of a rainy day and the...
[CULT TALK] Blaque Chris (Briefly) Interviews Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage

[CULT TALK] Blaque Chris (Briefly) Interviews Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage

  (all photos by Renate Winter) Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Danish band Iceage has one of those faces that makes you intensely aware of your own mortality. It’s the kind of face that is so otherworldly and pointed in its beauty that you (I) can’t look at it because it gives you (me) far too much...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Har Mar Superstar

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Har Mar Superstar

Everything is better with a sense of humor. Okay, maybe not EVERYTHING everything, but almost everything, including sweet, sensual R&B, like the kind Har Mar Superstar makes. The velvet-voiced singer does 60s soul with a smile (and a healthy sense of his own contradictions), and while he may have started out as a novelty item,...
[CULT TALK] A Cry-y Chat With Lou Barlow Of Sebadoh And Dinosaur Jr.

[CULT TALK] A Cry-y Chat With Lou Barlow Of Sebadoh And Dinosaur Jr.

  A cool thing happens when you get to have a conversation with someone who was the architect of a lot of the music that cradled you in its arms and carried you through hard times: you get really fucking emotional, and act super weird. So hats off to Lou Barlow, of Sebadoh and also a...
[CULT TALK] On The Art Of Performance (And Feces) With Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family

[CULT TALK] On The Art Of Performance (And Feces) With Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family

  Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, GG Allin, Gene Vincent, Screaming Lord Sutch. These are just a handful of front men I wish I had the privilege of seeing in their heyday. These men all brought a certain charm, charisma, and unsurpassed insanity to the stages they ungracefully sullied with their presence. The crowds went wild...
[TRUE STORY] Purgatory Playground: An Ode to Beach Goth 3

[TRUE STORY] Purgatory Playground: An Ode to Beach Goth 3

  The Growlers’ third annual Beach Goth Festival took place October 25th, 2014. I attended the event for the first time this year. Here is my account. (photos by Michael Cukr)   Begin Scene  9 a.m. It’s way too goddamn early to wake up for a music festival. I promised Warren Thomas (of The Abigails)...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies

  (photo by Alice Baxley) I’ve written about Chad Ubovich and/or his (formerly “and the”) Meatbodies (he’s come a long way from his first Cultist interview) so let’s just say that the new self-titled album is full of some of my most favorite things: fuzz, reverb, and psych-soaked rock and roll (ergo, it’s awesome), and...
[BEST VIDEO EVER] Stickers "Sacajawea" *PREMIERE*

[BEST VIDEO EVER] Stickers “Sacajawea” *PREMIERE*

I like music with a sense of urgency. That is to say, I prefer songs that feel like they are constantly pushing themselves to the point of rupturing, but always holding just shy of actual explosion (in turn, these songs have the same effect on your heart, creating a three minute sensation of near rupture,...
[CULT TALK] The Growlers Take Everything And Nothing Seriously Almost All Of The Time

[CULT TALK] The Growlers Take Everything And Nothing Seriously Almost All Of The Time

(photo by Taylor Bonin)  The Growlers talk a lot so I have to keep this intro short in the interest of the almond-sliver-sized attention spans that make up our readership (I tried to include a lot of pretty pictures, okay?). Most of what I knew about The Growlers before this interview was gleaned from attending...
[CULT TALK] Some Questions We Want To Ask Lydia Ainsworth, But Haven't Yet

[CULT TALK] Some Questions We Want To Ask Lydia Ainsworth, But Haven’t Yet

We haven’t yet gotten a chance to interview our new obsession, Toronto/Brooklyn artist Lydia Ainsworth, but when the time comes for us to meet, you can bet we’ll be prepared with questions.  The composer/producer/singer has been making orchestral, enchanting, haunting, cinematic songs on Arbutus Records (home to Grimes); songs like “Hologram” off of her recently released...
[CULT TALK] Tomorrows Tulips: Liberated Angst for the Casual Rocker

[CULT TALK] Tomorrows Tulips: Liberated Angst for the Casual Rocker

(photos by Michael Cukr) Your headphones are in. They are blaring your cool older brother’s mixtape of slacker rock bands while you lay in your high school bedroom and stare at that Keith Haring print you hung up because he’s your crush’s favorite artist, and it’s the perfect day to go to the beach but...
[CULT TALK] Corners Make Pretty Post-Punk, Are Also Probably Liars

[CULT TALK] Corners Make Pretty Post-Punk, Are Also Probably Liars

  (photos by Alice Baxley) Corners are an LA band who make pretty post-punk music with a serious ghost-of-Ian-Curtis vibe. They are also definitely liars, as evidenced by the below interview where they (almost) all claim to never ever social media stalk. Their new album Maxed Out On Distractions comes out tomorrow October 7th via...