colin kirkland

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    Les Biches: Nick Drake, Reimagined

    With reverberated electric guitar, thrashing symbols, and liquid basslines, LA’s Les Biches reimagines one of legendary folk dreamer, Nick Drake’s posthumous releases. Drake’s “Hanging on a Star” was originally released in 1987 on a compilation album called Time of No Reply, with an alternate version released in 2004 on...
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    So Much Light, A Chat with Damien Verrett

    Written by Colin Kirkland Damien Verrett no longer wants to be known as just a guitarist. Having just released his debut record entitled, “Oh, Yuck,” under the moniker, So Much Light, Verrett is utilizing computer programming to expand the realms of pop music with carefully layered compositions. This project...
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    The Many Masks of Alex Cameron

    Written by Colin Kirkland Since his debut album, “Jumping The Shark,” Australian artist, Alex Cameron has been a man beneath a mask. Unlike other musicians who specialize in face coverage – Deadmau5 or Daft Punk – Cameron takes on the identity of those he studies, those that fascinate him....
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    INTERVIEW: JOEY KNOWS BEST

    Written by Colin Kirkland When I call JOEY, she has just played two sold out shows at Club Café in Los Angeles. Over the past few years, since competing on The X-Factor Australia, she has formed an independent label, released two viral singles, made a home for herself in...
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    Vector Xing: Reintroduced

    Written by Colin Kirkland Vector Xing, otherwise known as Steven Cablayan, has reemerged after two years of radio silence. With his debut EP behind him and his former songwriting partner gone, Cablayan’s new project is about finding himself in the depths of a quarter-life-crisis. As a black, gay man...
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    Alex Cameron – Stranger’s Kiss (feat. Angel Olsen)

    Written by Colin Kirkland Alex Cameron’s newest video is strange and beautiful. Directed by Jemima Kirke, this depiction of two lost individuals tramping around New York City instills a feeling of searching for human connection, something often disguised by the digital age in which we live. Cameron and Kirke...
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    TRACE: It Will Get Emotional

    By Colin Kirkland cjkwrites.com “TRACE” is predominantly a nickname for Tracy, but it is also a symbolic title: to trace lines, to trace emotions. There are many indicators on TRACE’s Facebook profile that encapsulate sorrow. She describes her music as “lonely, with a beat,” characterizes it as “Sad-synth,” and...
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    PWR BTM – Laughter is the Best Medicine

    By Colin Kirkland Have you ever found yourself cackling in moments of sheer personal anguish? Sometimes the most human reaction is laughter; when you have no clue what your next move will be, when there’s no possible way to resolve the situation that just took place, or when you...
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    An Interview: Don’t Mess with Alaska Reid

    By Colin Kirkland “I’m driving,” says Alaska Reid, “If I have some road-rage don’t be mad at me.” I picture the twenty-one-year-old rock n’ roller tentatively working her way through mid-day Los Angeles traffic, getting ready to ram anyone daring enough to cut her off. Reid is the soul-proprietor...
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