CIFF Capsule Review: Mr. Soul!

In 1970 Gil-Scott Heron unleashed his seminal spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” I find that ironic, because it’s exactly the kind of piece Elliot Haizlip would feature on his PBS show, Soul!, which premiered in 1968. The program was a revolution in its own way, as the only show broadcast widely that was made for and about black Americans. Mr. Soul!, the … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Mr. Soul!

Interview With Ruby Dunphy Of Thunderpussy

Back in May, Seattle-based Thunderpussy released their self-titled debut album. They’ve been perfecting their craft on the road over the past couple years, and the album is a great introduction to a group from whom I can’t wait to hear more. This Saturday they’ll be in Chicago, performing at Cobra Lounge and you can get tickets here. Below, drummer Ruby Dunphy answers some questions I … Continue reading Interview With Ruby Dunphy Of Thunderpussy

CIFF Capsule Review: The Great Buster

Buster Keaton was born this month in 1895. His transition from Vaudeville family act to silver screen icon began over 100 years ago. And yet, his talent and charm make his movies as relevant today as they were when they were made. The true test of comedy, in my opinion, is whether or not it can make you laugh out loud when you’re alone. I’ve … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: The Great Buster

Small Million-Bullets In The Bower

On “Bullets In The Bower” Portland-based duo Small Million turn a campfire ballad into a synth-drenched dreamscape. Ryan Linder’s production shows dynamic range, starting with a cold, isolated vocal. He then turns up the heat and brings in the trap beats and synths. The sounds blend perfectly with the vocal performance of Malachi Graham. She can bring it low when she needs to, but her … Continue reading Small Million-Bullets In The Bower

More Giraffes-Not Cool

Over the summer I posted about a demo version of “Basement” that More Giraffes shared. Now the LA-based duo are back with another song from their upcoming EP (release date TBA). “Not Cool” is a fun pop song, and the video they’ve made to accompany it could not do it justice any better. Mark Hadley and Keeley Bumford have a great musical chemistry together and … Continue reading More Giraffes-Not Cool