Beyond the Stage Review — A Haunting, Heartbreaking Show

A lined A4 notebook is pinned open on a board, highly doodled with love hearts and the strange ideas of an 18-year-old girl, not unlike any other 18-year-old girl throughout history. "Just plain fuckin' nice" is the title of a playlist that includes Bobby Darin's I Wanna Be Around (1965), as well as the words […]

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Big Big Train Frontman David Longdon Dies at 56

David Longdon, the leader and multi-instrumentalist for Big Big Train, a British prog rock band, has died at the age of 56. Longdon died at a Nottingham hospital on November 20th as a result of an accident, according to the group. There were no more details provided. "It is unspeakably cruel that a quirk of […]

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‘I Felt Broken and Needed to Be Mended,' Says KeiyaA

KeiyaA didn't have internet connectivity on her phone when she released her first album Forever, Ya Girl on Bandcamp in March 2020, so she had to walk downstairs to connect to the local video store's wifi to post about the release on her Instagram. " All I remember is letting hours pass and then returning […]

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‘Not Feeling Totally Human' Causes a Lot of Anguish, Says Artist JJJJerome Ellis

Please refrain from completing JJJJJerome Ellis' phrases. The stuttering composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer from New York pleads for tolerance from whomever he is speaking with. He explains, "Sometimes people just walk away." "Perhaps because I didn't follow the choreography that we're accustomed to." Over a video chat, he tells me that these types of […]

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Margo Cilker's Debut Album Is A Waking Dream

Californian by birth, Oregonian by choice Margo Cilker has spent years honing her story-songs on the road, touring throughout the United States and the Basque Country of Spain, where she created a covers band and sang songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. "You have to face your fears," she says, "and […]

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‘I Felt Myself Opening Up in a New Manner,' Says Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett was in Los Angeles at the start of 2020, when her native nation was burning and the rest of the world was waking up to a worldwide epidemic. She'd recently finished a tour in the United States, and her intention was to locate an apartment and stay in town a bit longer to […]

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