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Dope Lemon Rains Down The Sunshine On “Big Smooth Cat”

As always, Angus Stone revels in a psychedelic haze on Dope Lemon’s fantastic new offering, the epicly-named Smooth Big Cat. And as always, I’m more than happy to just be along for the absentminded ride. Like only the best tripped… 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 →

Upon Finally Listening To Gaz Coombes: “Walk The Walk”

I had this lofty idea to construct an intricate piece connecting a band called Secret Shine (a new obsession) and their spiritual fore bearers Slow Dive, but what can I say? It just didn’t come together. It will eventually, but… 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 →

“We Took LSD And Worked On Music Every Single Day”: Ricky Maymi Speaks On The Origins Of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Chinese Indie, And His Uncle In The Grateful Dead

For modern psychedelic freaks, Ricky Maymi should need no formal introduction. As a co-founder of drone behemoth The Brian Jonestown Massacre and BJM spin off The Imajinary Friends, Maymi has been riding the forefront of the trippy music resurgence since… 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 →

“The suburbs may have raised us, but the city keeps us alive” – The Papi And The Smears Interview

Papi And The Smears have that rarest of all attributes for a band: A true quest. “Rock and Roll is dying. We want to give it a pulse”. True to that lofty mission, this Ohio based trio combine lo-fi bliss… Continue Reading →

Superbird Are Colorful And Irreverent On ‘Kiss Chasing Stars’

If Superbird were a drink, they would be a cosmopolitan. Well-mixed. Flavorful. Irreverent vibe. And a little goes a long, long way, while a lot will put your right on the floor. This three-man band, Joe Finnigan (vocals/guitar), Alex Ash… Continue Reading →

A Band Named Rubber: The Interview

You get an interesting set of results if you attempt to Google a band named Rubber. The tire-making product itself is most prominent, with useful educational articles titled “Rubber: A Simple Introduction To Explain That Stuff” popping up first. There’s… Continue Reading →

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