Music
[CULT TALK] Seattle Noise Punks Stickers On The Gnarliness Inherent In Cuteness

[CULT TALK] Seattle Noise Punks Stickers On The Gnarliness Inherent In Cuteness

On their debut LP Swollen, Seattle’s Stickers sounds dissonant and detached – like they’ve just returned from an acid trip and are trying to communicate their spiritual epiphanies through heavy no-wave guitar riffs and saxophone skronk (a word I wasn’t familiar with until my chat with the band). In a live setting though, the band...
[CULT TALK] Geoff Rickly On United Nations, Collect Records, And His Health Goth Gym Look

[CULT TALK] Geoff Rickly On United Nations, Collect Records, And His Health Goth Gym Look

  Geoff Rickly is really easy to talk to. Like, really easy. So easy that my interview with the former Thursday frontman (which took place backstage before a show with his current band, United Nations) started out harmless and light-hearted, and soon meandered into a mountain range of topics, from enacting social change to creative...
[CULT TALK] Danny Kroha of The Gories

[CULT TALK] Danny Kroha of The Gories

I remember the day I was first introduced to The Gories. You would think it would have been in Detroit, the band’s hometown and just outside the city I grew up in, but in fact it was in somewhere a bit more remote: Salem, Oregon. I had just turned nineteen and was visiting my soon to...
[CULT TALK] Char-Man Carry the Torch of the Great American Bar Band

[CULT TALK] Char-Man Carry the Torch of the Great American Bar Band

November 25th, 2014. VENTURA, CA–The dance floor of Billy O’s tavern is a whirlwind of crashing bodies as Char-Man belt through their opening instrumental, “Surf Jam”.  To the untrained ear, the song could be a rock and roll standard–one searing guitar hook after the next, each one catchier and more driving than the one before....
[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,...