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Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something

I first came to learn of Jemma when my friend Josh Gaffin at WSTQ in West Virginia spun “Helen is a Reptile”, a blistering tale of mental confusion fused with a sort of stony peculiarity. The ridiculously NSFW video finds… Continue Reading →

Wild-Eyed, Paisley-Clad Destroyer: Niche Appeal’s Five Favorite Ginger Baker Performances

We at The Niche would like to salute the wild-eyed redhead percussion destroyer known as Ginger Baker by offering up our favorite five Baker performances. It was tough to limit this to five, but hey man the nature of the… Continue Reading →

Thelma and the Sleaze: Onstage Fights, Alabama Living, and Riffs For Days

The band is named “Thelma and the Sleaze” and their album is titled Fuck. Marry. Kill. This should tell a lot of what you need to know about this Nashville-born touring machine, but it doesn’t tell you everything. Thelma and… Continue Reading →

Into The Interzone With The Psychotic Monks

“Life […] is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing” -Macbeth The Psychotic Monks, existing since 2012, rattle the cribs of infantile fans of the latest brand of wimp rock. I am digging deeper… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 3: Vince Welnick

All of the many Grateful Dead keyboard player deaths are full-scale tragedies, but easily the saddest and most haunting would be that of the Dead’s final keys man, the Hawaiian-shirt-rocking former Tube Vince Welnick. For while most of the dead… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 2: Pigpen And The Early, Primal Dead

There are many thousands of freak-card-carrying Dead Tribesmen out there who never listen to a show past 1972. You will not find them on the Dead & Co. circuit. They weren’t roasting in Chicago for the 50th anniversary. They weren’t… Continue Reading →

The Zeppelin Age Is Over: Here’s What Really Goes On When Today’s Bands Tour

Bands go on tour. All music artists who make it big do. We all know the basic gist of it: groupies, going from town to town, a show every other night, travel…It seems straightforward, but it isn’t. Touring is not… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 1: Brent Mydland

It’s a strange phenomenon indeed that an individual who enjoyed eleven fat years as an important member of one of the most successful and legendary bands of the past two centuries, years that saw their ascent from arenas to multi-night… Continue Reading →

The Groupies Are Real: Stories Behind Today’s DJs, Bands and Wild Fans

When people think of the word “groupie,” they tend to have a certain image pop up in their minds. For those of us who are older, they tend to think that the phenomenon of crazed fans who follow hair metal… Continue Reading →

Black Midi: The Strangest And Most Delightful Success Story Of 2019

Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the pompous snark The Financial Times tosses out there but their recent barbs at Black Midi were definitely flung in the wrong direction. Stick with shaming the rich and shameless, shall we,… Continue Reading →

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