When the 26-year old, South African-born Sulene van der Walt applies for her visa, she lists music as her trade. The eyebrow-raising intrigue that comes with intruding yourself as a full-time musician is lost on United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; it’s incredibly difficult to secure this kind of visa and if you do, you’re not allowed to earn income through anything else. Enter, Sulene’s hustle.
The third album from Brooklyn’s Active Bird Community is a scrappy punk slugfest rife with immediate post-college struggles. This might seem typical for the basement and DIY scene, but take this into consideration: ABC’s four members have been playing together since they were 11 years old.
Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20. Following the daytime festivities in Washington, D.C., the families of the new President and Vice President made their way to a trio of official inaugural balls around town.
Given our new commander-in-chief’s struggle to secure noteworthy talent for his inauguration, we decided to look back at the relationship between pop stars and Presidents over the years. And although Mickey Rooney did sing for FDR back in 1941, we stuck to the modern, post-rock n’ roll era, since — let’s face it — 2017 will probably call for more filibustering than any of us can handle.
The music industry is prone to notoriously slow starts to as far as album releases go, but today (Jan. 20) features a few exciting rock releases to jolt us out of our new year stupor -- Vancouver rabble rousers Japandroids, goth vets AFI, and scrappy L.A. punks Cherry Glazerr, a name -- with any luck -- those outside the punk world will be hearing a lot more lately.
For the fourth time in his career, country artist Lee Greenwood performed his signature song for an incoming Republican administration. Today (Jan. 19), Greenwood sang “God Bless the USA” at the “Make America Great Again” celebration to mark the forthcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
The promise of Maggie Rogers is no secret. The 22-year old artist was included on Billboard’s list of alternative artists to watch in 2017 (and many other such roundups), heralding a groundswell of hype that began around the time she made Pharrell Williams cry.