Concert Review: GEMS and The Smoking Bells @ The Drake


On February 8th at the Drake (Underground), Gems came to town. The crowd was small, but enthusiastic, as it watched the band Smoking Bells perform as the opener. The Nirvana-like, hollowed out echo-y vocals with strong feedback and heavy guitars was mixed in interestingly with electronics and synths. The fusion

Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ GEMS


On February 8th, Toronto’s The Drake will be full of the atmosphereic shadow-pop from Washington duo GEMS. With the recent release of their Medusa EP (available here), I was fortunate enough to catch up with GEMS' Clifford John Usher and Lindsay Pitts ahead of the show. Read our conversation below as we

Ticket Giveaway // GEMS @ The Drake


Washington duo GEMS (Clifford John Usher and Lindsay Pitts) are to soon play Toronto's The Drake on February 8th (tickets). Luckily for our readers, A Music Blog, Yea? is giving away a pair of tickets to the show, courtesy of the band. Find out how to enter below! To enter the

Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Sunwolf


Washington trio Sunwolf (Rob Tifford, Tom Bunnell, and Danny Bentley) release their forthcoming EP, Angel Eyes, on October 8th. With a single as upbeat and contagious as Push It, we can't wait to hear what else these garage-rockers have to offer. In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up

Getting Cozy With… Dot Dash!

Dot Dash

hi there - Dot Dash is from Washington D.C...  2 guitars, bass and drums... post-punky, poppy guitar stufff...  ex-members of Julie Ocean, The Saturday People, Youth Brigade and Modest Proposal.... Recent shows played with Ash, The Drums, The Monochrome Set, The Bats, lots of others... So far, two albums have

You’ve GOT to Hear This: “Beach Vacation”

Beach Vacation formed after performing in a high school talent show and within two weeks of recording on GarageBand, were released by a label in the U.K. Their debut EP, Maritime, was launched via Bandcamp on the 29th of April. The colorful array of soothing vocals, surfy guitar riffs and