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“We’re only into good trips now,” AA Lam of Chicago’s Energy Gown recently told Impose in a short Q&A. “Don’t do LSD, eat your vegetables, even dirt, listen to NPR, don’t wank on the internet, pay your taxes, let the police take care of your problems, feel fine signing on the dotted line, accept the man’s game, remember money is real, never mind the dick behind the curtain, don’t drive up one-way streets, and maybe buy a TV, not a motorcycle.”

Read on to find out the trippiest thing Energy Gown’s experienced, what inspired Evening Molasses, and the true grit of Chicago.

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Dealing with addiction, body image, all the confusing closeness of danger and allure is the stuff of White Lung’s Deep Fantasy. “For me, songwriting has always been about being able to work through things that I can’t conquer logically on my own,” Way told Rookie. Deep Fantasy conquers the illogical, the terrifying, the chaos of Way’s and our own interior. Read more.

Dealing with addiction, body image, all the confusing closeness of danger and allure is the stuff of White Lung’s Deep Fantasy. “For me, songwriting has always been about being able to work through things that I can’t conquer logically on my own,” Way told RookieDeep Fantasy conquers the illogical, the terrifying, the chaos of Way’s and our own interior. Read more.

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“I called the record Love, but it’s not love in the way you might normally think about it. There’s are themes in here about departure and devotion, also the non- self—whether it’s connecting with other planets or departing a place. There’s a lot of always leaving in this album.” 
Read more about Amen Dunes’ stunning new album, Love, in the words of its mastermind, Damon McMahon.

I called the record Love, but it’s not love in the way you might normally think about it. There’s are themes in here about departure and devotion, also the non- self—whether it’s connecting with other planets or departing a place. There’s a lot of always leaving in this album.”

Read more about Amen Dunes’ stunning new album, Love, in the words of its mastermind, Damon McMahon.

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Asbury Park Comic Con

“There was freedom in creating a form of art that wasn’t taken seriously,” Peter Bagge, the artist responsible for Neat Stuff and HATE, said of creating comics in the punk era. “You could do whatever you want and fly under the radar. Art Spiegelman used Raw to argue that comics were art and should be taken seriously. And he won the war. I saw him recently at a conference and he was getting nostalgic, saying he missed the time when comics weren’t taken seriously—HA! I was thinking, ‘YOU ADMIT YOU RUINED EVERYTHING!’”

Read more of my coverage of ASBURY PARK COMIC CON, including a Julie Ruin/Screaming Females show.

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The second half of the Chain Letter Interviews makes it on video!!! Fucking incredible, I’m blown away, and you, too, will be when you hear:

  • Chad Valley talk about his dad AND suicide!
  • Shannon & the Claims discuss the magical Crater Lake/Wizard Island and dessert orgasms!
  • Solids giggle in Canadian accents about Betty, Veronica, and sauces!
  • Mish Way reveal she’s not a pot-smoking fan of The Simpsons!
  • PUP transform themselves into lady parts!
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Screaming Females’ Live at the Hideout, recorded over two nights at the tiny Chicago venue by Steve Albini, unsurprisingly stars lead singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster. But only hearing them vs. seeing them is like the marsh without the mellow. 

Read more of my review.

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The Chain Letter Interviews finally exist on video! Check out the first part of our chain letter that started in Seattle and, in the next edition, will wind down the coast to LA. Featuring Krill, Ava Luna, together PANGEA, and La Luz.

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If you’re ready to start calling yourself mature, you’ll dig The Coathangers’ new record, Suck My Shirt. If you’re still clinging onto the idea of yourself as a beautiful, immature asshole, it may be a bit of a disappointment to hear the playful punk trio take another step towards somber, sanded-down adulthood.
Read more of this immature asshole’s review.

If you’re ready to start calling yourself mature, you’ll dig The Coathangers’ new record, Suck My Shirt. If you’re still clinging onto the idea of yourself as a beautiful, immature asshole, it may be a bit of a disappointment to hear the playful punk trio take another step towards somber, sanded-down adulthood.

Read more of this immature asshole’s review.

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The Black Lips, Habibi, Lizzo, Potty Mouth, Guantanamo Baywatch, and more participated in the 2014 edition of Impose’s SXSW Chain Letter interview series. 

Part I features Pile talking about mother fucking (literally), Lizzo revealing who auto-creams the most in her crew, and Habibi sharing their take on the best song ever written.

Part II stars a more-mature Black Lips digging on fast food, Mozes and the Firstborn’s 19 year-old drummer’s terrible dairy-based hangover cure, and non-stop bathroom and makeout-related hilarity from Guantanamo Baywatch. 

Part III wraps up with a fizzle from Potty Mouth’s haterade, Bully’s mellow vibes, and gems about John Goodman and sleeping in oversized Target bags from Big Ups’ Joe Galarraga.

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Our SXSW photo coverage winds to a close with Dylan Johnson's shots from our Saturday daytime show at The Grackle with Hellfyre Club, People Under the Stairs, Bully, Weekend, La Luz, and more!

Our SXSW photo coverage winds to a close with Dylan Johnson's shots from our Saturday daytime show at The Grackle with Hellfyre Club, People Under the Stairs, Bully, Weekend, La Luz, and more!