The Varmints – Night Bloom

By Marlee Keeven The Varmints are one of those bands that make classification difficult. This Windsor-based band’s newest release, Night Bloom, is rock first and foremost, but also encompasses elements of metal, grunge, psychedelic and even jam rock. Zach Mercer, guitarist and lead vocalist, has quite the talented voice – similar to John Bell of Widespread Panic when hitting the higher notes, and similar to Layne Staley of Alice in […]

In the Whale – Satan Be Gone! EP

By Dusty Ray In the Whale dives to impressive depths with their brand new EP, Satan Be Gone! The ominous and foreboding mood of the songs lends the EP an eerie, nautical quality. It evokes the image of Jonah curled up inside of the whale, it echoes with the distant rumbles of fighting sea monsters. A smart use of refrain, well-placed dissonance, and a cynical sense of humor turn this EP […]

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The Sunshine House Shines Light on Debut EP

By Conor Hooley   The Sunshine House Sometimes a band has to exploit its connections. The Sunshine House knows this, which is why they’re leaning on a few of their own in the hopes of landing a slot playing at Austin’s legendary South by Southwest Festival. But, since the upstart band is all of six months old, they occasionally have to use their collective resourcefulness just to find a place […]

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Darren Mahuron: The Mind Behind the Art

By Emily Clingman-Johnson Boldly turning regular folks into rock stars and movie stars and sometimes even hanging them from stars, Darren Mahuron has photographically transformed dozens of local bands, icons, rebels, families, well-knowns and unknowns into surreal characters that look like still shots from boundary-breaking, counterculture movies. “I don’t consider myself a photog-rapher first,” Mahuron says. “I use the camera and the lights to get an image into Photoshop to […]