Interview: Couch Dog is Bad and Better than Ever

If you type in “Couch Dog” on Google, what you’re going to find are variations of an article titled “Should Dogs be Allowed on the Furniture?” After talking with the SLO-based, surf rocky band Couch Dog I have the answer: no. Their self-described thrashy, fast, hectic, and anxious sound is bound to get you up…

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Emotional Rupture in the Streaming Age — A Conversation with L’Impératrice

In the digital age, with almost everything available at the push of a button or through a screen, it is interesting to see how culture and personal tastes develop. When it comes to music, we have access to almost everything ever recorded and currently being released all over the world. Over the course of the…

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Cowboys in the City — A Night with Mapache

Last weekend, San Luis Obispo was visited by two cowboys — Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch. The western duo called themselves “Mapache”; to the delight of the townspeople, the outsiders came with one purpose: to play their music and dance all night. News of their arrival spread about the town with gusto — it was…

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Sidekicks of the Grateful Dead — An Interview with Circles Around the Sun

After playing for an estimated 25 million people live, providing Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream with the iconic ice cream flavor “Cherry Garcia”, and being responsible for the colorful bear stickers on the back of most Jeeps, The Grateful Dead celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2015. More than 360,000 tickets were sold to the…

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Be A Late Bloomer – A Heartfelt Conversation with Amo Amo

Los Angeles is somewhat of a free-for-all. With a population of around four million people and 88 sub-cities, there is truly something for everyone. This encompasses the richness and diversity present within the music scene, with bands all over the world seeking to make it in the big city. With a flurry of genres spread…

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Ranked: A Tribe Called Quest

Within the growing, strange community of hip-hop nerds on Instagram and Reddit, there exists an endless debate — one that rarely finds agreeable middleground or any established, solid criteria for fair competition. It typically prompts some obligatory discussion in the comments: what is the greatest rap group of all time? Replies almost always consist of…

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Traffic Cones, Cave Music, and the Universe – An Introspective Conversation with Moon Hooch

The Roaring Twenties brought about the popularity of jazz and swing, as well as the prominence of the curved metal instrument that is the saxophone. Fast-forward 100 years to the 2020s and we’re now experiencing the rise of saxophone cave music, an absurd genre brought about by New York subway sensation, Moon Hooch.  Starting out…

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Ranked: MF DOOM

As if 2020 couldn’t possibly get any worse, the year ended with the announcement of the passing of Danielle Dumille, better known as MF DOOM. One of the most influential, poetic, and skilled MCs to ever live, Dumille produced and wrote numerous albums under a plethora of pseudonyms (Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, DOOM) that will…

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The Monolith: What Spotify Playlists Mean for Music in 2021

My dad has been a music collector for as long as I can remember. His packed shelves line the walls of our home office, proudly boasting nearly 3,000 CDs in neatly alphabetized rows. As a kid, my dad’s CD collection seemed to contain all the music in the world—requesting specific albums and hearing “Sorry, I…

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We Got Faded at the Hannibal Buress and Thundercat Drive-in Concert

It is Saturday afternoon and joining us for this journey is your inner voice. He shall assist you along the way. But before commencing, let’s get some things out of the way. By the time you’re reading this, whether it be a week or decades from now, you’re probably aware of or have at the…

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