Jo Passed Contemplate an (Affordable) Hopeful Home on 'Their Prime'

Jo Passed Contemplate an (Affordable) Hopeful Home on 'Their Prime'

“We’re almost like a cyber, sci-fi version our grandparent’s generation,” Joseph Hirabayashi tells Exclaim! It’s a bright spring day in Vancouver — home for musician, songwriter and Jo Passed frontman — and Hirabayashi is sitting outside at a downtown café reflecting on his surroundings.   Indeed, it is a weird and transformative time, when media and how we engage with it […]

Light This City Come Back Wiser and Harder on 'Terminal Bloom'

Light This City Come Back Wiser and Harder on 'Terminal Bloom'

In 2008, San Francisco melodic death metal trailblazers Light This City called it a day immediately after releasing their phenomenal fourth album, Stormchaser. The band disappeared for most a decade, but after opening for Darkest Hour’s 20th anniversary show in their hometown, they’ve returned with their strongest effort yet, Terminal Bloom.   “Laura Nichol, vocalist] has a half-sleeve Darkest Hour’s] […]

Senator John Thune, Paid $928,428 by ISPs, Says 'The Average Person Doesn't Care' About Net Neutrality

Senator John Thune, Paid $928,428 by ISPs, Says 'The Average Person Doesn't Care' About Net Neutrality

Is he really true? South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune — one the biggest recipients ISP donations — says most people don’t care about net neutrality. Do average Americans really care about net neutrality?  Multiple polls show that a large majority Americans definitely care, with that percentage rapidly increasing once people familiarize themselves with the issue.  And politicians in multiple […]

Witch Prophet Challenges Genre, Reveals Past Lives and Finds Creative Safe Space on 'The Golden Octave'

Witch Prophet Challenges Genre, Reveals Past Lives and Finds Creative Safe Space on 'The Golden Octave'

The music Ayo Leilani makes as Witch Prophet hovers above R&B and hip-hop descriptors, but doesn’t land on either. On The Golden Octave, the debut album from the self-described witch, prophet and healer, Leilani plays with funk, house, pop and folk sounds. Her layered vocals are always moving, challenging your assumptions where she will go next.   “I’m definitely always […]

Why Blockchain Isn't Even Close to Fixing Musicians' Problems

Why Blockchain Isn't Even Close to Fixing Musicians' Problems

According to a new study published by Choon, a blockchain-based streaming platform, 52% people said they would use an alternative streaming music service if it rewarded artists more fairly. 76% said they’d love to see their favorite musicians support themselves.  In addition, almost a third consumers, 31%, believe it wrong for organizations to ‘part-own’ streaming services. Censuswide conducted the independent […]

The Moog 'Grandmother' Synth Has Been Unleashed — And Guitar Center Got the Exclusive

The Moog 'Grandmother' Synth Has Been Unleashed — And Guitar Center Got the Exclusive

The Moog ‘Grandmother’ Synth will soon be surfacing at Guitar Center. Moog aficionados are ten religiously attached to the brand.  The employee-owned company is the leading producer analog synthesizers in the world, and a fixture among many musicians and composers.  Indeed, the legacy its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog, is felt throughout the company’s product lineup. Now, […]