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London indie rock superstars BLOXX are early in their trajectory as musicians, but they’re already showing great promise and high aspirations while still maintaining an unpretentious outlook. We spoke to lead singer Ophelia Booth about touring stateside for the first time, their debut full-length, and learning from both the good and bad of the music industry.



The start of summer is marked every year by Governors Ball, the annual three-day festival held on Randall’s Island between the upper east side of Manhattan and Queens. This year’s was epic and bombastic, from its musical acts to its abrupt end on Sunday thanks to mother nature.


Camp Cope @ Warsaw

Returning to old stomping grounds close to their hearts, Aussie punk trio Camp Cope played Warsaw in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on a tour stint supporting recent release How to Socialize and Make Friends alongside Philly’s Thin Lips.


Homeshake @ Brooklyn Steel

Following the release of Helium, the Montreal based solo project of Peter Sagar plus friends- HOMESHAKE played a packed show at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn.


Men I Trust @ Bowery Ballroom


A Decade Deeper: Mexican Summer’s 10 Year Anniversary

Label Mexican Summer took over Red Hook’s cultural center Pioneer Works for a tenth anniversary homegrown all-day festival.


Drugdealer @ Market Hotel

Drugdealer put on an over the top release show for Raw Honey, Michael Collins’ latest psychedelic pop album.


Dilly Dally @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Touring the world on an epic comeback with their new LP Heaven, DILLY DALLY pleased Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg with no holds barred.


Wild Nothing at Brooklyn Steel

On the tail-end of a monolithic North American tour, Wild Nothing took on a packed Brooklyn Steel with all the shimmering ‘80s pop influence of new album Indigo.


Her’s at Baby’s All Right NYC

Liverpool’s Her’s embark on their first ever US headline tour with a sold-out first date at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn.




Gabby’s World Record Release Show at Elsewhere Zone One NYC

The long-awaited third album from Gabrielle Smith’s project Gabby’s World, Beast on Beast, sparked a warm and welcoming release show at Bushwick’s Elsewhere Zone One.


HEKLER HOST / Francis Estrada & Ramyar Vala


Dream Wife at Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Closing out a whirlwind year in promotion of their bombshell debut album, Brightonian-Icelandic punk outfit Dream Wife are embarking on their first headline American tour, crisscrossing the country and celebrating the bad bitch within. Check out our images from the show below!


FIDLAR at Terminal 5 NYC

Halfway through the east coast leg of their behemoth of a North American fall tour, FIDLAR came to Terminal 5 in NYC to deliver their left coast fun to an eager, packed crowd.


Death Valley Girls at Mercury Lounge NYC

We caught Death Valley Girls, joined by Gymshorts and The Listeners, at Mercury Lounge in the heart of the Bowery for a crowded celebration of “Halloween 2!”


Sunflower Bean & Porches @ Summerstage NYC, 2018

After a weekend of thunderstorms – some of many that can be expected during a New York summertime – the rescheduled free show featuring Sunflower Bean and Porches (casualty Crumb, who were on the original bill) raged at the East River Park amphitheatre in the Lower East Side.


Vans Warped Tour 2018: Highlights from the Final Cross-Country Tour

Vans Warped Tour rolled through town for the final time as a travelling show. Check out the highlights below!

Jay Som at Brudenell Social Club

In the midst of their tour across Europe, Jay Som took a stop at the famous Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on their first date in a quick visit to the UK.


In Conversation with Canshaker Pi @ Great Escape 2018

Since releasing their sophomore album Naughty Naughty Violence, Dutch four-piece Canshaker Pi have been riding a wave of critical praise on a tour through the UK. At their very last date in the country, just before they head off to play in Europe, they sat down with us to talk about the collage that is their newest release.


In Conversation with Dama Scout @ Great Escape 2018

London-via-Glasgow three-piece Dama Scout might be one of the most exciting, eclectic bands one the rise today.


The Great Escape 2018

The twelfth instalment of The Great Escape blazed its way through Brighton, with the best new bands from around the world setting fires as hot as the sun beating down on the crowds.


In Conversation with Gender Roles @ Great Escape 2018

Brightonian locals Jordan Lilford (drums), Jared Tomkins (bass) and Tom Bennett (guitar) – aka the fuzzy indie-punk Gender Roles, playing a whopping five shows in their hometown festival The Great Escape – have just come back from a free-entry tour across the UK, their first headliner, in celebration of EP number two, Lazer Rush.


In Conversation with Hockey Dad @ Great Escape 2018

Hockey Dad, the duo Zack Stephenson (guitar) and Billy Fleming (drums), call Windang, Australia, home but have not been for a while now. After their sophomore album Blend Inn hit the airwaves, earning them a peak at #6 on the Australian charts (the first from their town to do so), they’ve been touring flat-out across Europe and now in the United States.

In Conversation with Peaness @ Great Escape 2018

Made up of bassist Jess Branney, guitarist Balla Balbenta, and drummer Rachel Williams, the three-piece sing about topics important to them in infectiously catchy ‘pea-pop’. They’re working on something to release sometime soon, and while they don’t know what or when yet, sticking to their melodic equation are sure to please.


The Spook School at Belgrave Music Hall

The Spook School tore it down at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds (sponsored by Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages, apparently).


ListenSD Exclusive: Interview with The Garden

Ahead of their show at Leeds’ Headrow House, we sat down with The Garden to talk about their upcoming album, Mirror Might Steal Your Charm.


VLMV @ Fox & Newt, 23/3/18

Upstairs at the Fox & Newt pub, tucked away in a hidden stage, there brewed dreamy songs from a trio of acts, headlined by the duo VLMV (Uhl-muh) celebrating their newest album Stranded, Not Lost.


In conversation with Thomas Truax

Thomas Truax, a powerhouse of the anti-folk movement that grew out of New York in the 1990s, chatted to us about his innovative homemade instruments and working independently as a DIY musician, before singing to us at the Brudenell Social Club about a full moon over Wowtown and a grandmother’s unwavering advice.


Girl Gang Leeds' First Birthday @ Chunk, 17/2/18

In this fucked-up world of ours, with ‘downtrodden’ and ‘discriminated’ being apt words of description for so many of those holding minority identities, Girl Gang is a light that shines for positivity, inclusivity, support and real fun. Created in celebration and encouragement of women and non-binary people to pursue their best lives by establishing a collaborative community of like-minded people, they hold every kind of event imaginable.


Leeds Lit Buildings: Making LGBT History Month Visible

On Thursday 1st February, buildings all around Leeds were lit up in rainbow colours to mark the start of LGBT History Month. This not only made for some pretty Instagram photos, but really put into practise the promise of visibility and support that this history month is all about.


Cherry Glazerr at Observatory North Park

The best thing about this group is their joyful exuberance; perhaps it’s their youth, but their excitement is palpable. The show made us all thrash together and left the audience with smiles, but it might have had something to do with a full moon directly on the center stage!

(Text by Ty Velasquez)


PINS, Cowtown at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

PINS showcased exactly what they’re made of at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen.


Sløtface @ Brudenell, 30/9/17

Fresh off their newest release, Norwegian band Sløtface visited Brudenell Social Club’s Community Room for a party and a half on their tour of the UK.


Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2017: Day 3

The third and final day of Pitchfork Music Festival Paris was rife with talented acts and an enthusiastic audience looking to make the most of their very last day in the Grande Halle.


Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2017: Day 2

The second day of Pitchfork Music Festival Parisoffered everything from artpop glam-rock to Afro-beat jazz to electronic pop to straight-up funk.


(SANDY) Alex G and Ó at Brudenell Community Room

Showcasing softer and harder sides of songcraft, (Sandy) Alex G entranced a sold-out show at Brudenell Social Club’s brand new Community Room.


INHEAVEN at Brudenell Social Club

INHEAVEN, the newest band bursting onto the indie rock scene, blew apart the Brudenell Social Club.


ListenSD Exclusive: Interview with BABE PUNCH

With spirit and spunk as loud and punchy as their name, Babe Punch want to take the world by storm, and they surely know how to go about it.


Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017: Day 1

Long-named “The Great Psychedelic Capital of Europe,” Liverpool has appropriately been home to the Liverpool Psychfest for six years running. We caught both days this year, and here is a recap of the first.


Chastity Belt at Brudenell Social Club

Doused in blue stage lights, Chastity Belt serenaded the full house at the well-loved Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, England.


ListenSD Exclusive: Interview with Buddha Trixie

Buddha Trixie, a staple of the San Diego local music scene, released their debut album, Stop the Space Age, late last month. Influenced by psychedelic rock, the album goes above and beyond what’s expected of a debut. Buddha Trixie spoke to ListenSD about Stop the Space Age as well as their inspiration and aspirations.


Sunflower Bean at the Che Cafe

Sunflower Bean took the stage at UCSD’s Che Café Collective on March 25 to celebrate their newly-released album, Human Ceremony, as part of their world tour stretching into September.


The Frights' You Are Going To Hate This Fest at SOMA

Celebrating the release of their sophomore album, San Diego local band The Frights put on the You Are Going to Hate This Fest, named after said album. Featuring a slew of bands, both from in town and out, the fest attracted both new and old fans with the genre of music not deviating far from the classic surf punk one would expect of the town favorites.


Holychild and Nothing Special at The Loft @ UCSD


AWOLNATION at House of Blues

Whether you were an out-of-place parental chaperone, confused and angsty teenager stuck with one, or just out to listen to some good tunes, Wednesday was an evening day get boogie with it at the House of Blues.

(Text by Tyler McQuillan)


Buddha Trixie in a Garage

The show was comprised of all San Diego native surf punk bands Beach Goons, Sandy Cheeks, Buddha Trixie, Groms, and Shady Francos, then finished up with the Los Angeles native band Death Lens.


Lavender House Records Present: L.A. Witch, Death Valley Girls and Burning Palms

For those of you in North County needing a new venue to go to or a San Diegans willing to make the trip, Lavender House Records is perfect for watching up and coming artists in a house party environment. Keep checking their website for upcoming shows.

(Text by Lara McCaffrey)


In Conversation with Harlea @ Great Escape 2018

With hardly anything on the airwaves to date, Harlea seems a bit of an enigma in the music world, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have things brewing.


Manchester Punk Festival 2018 Highlights + Exclusive Interviews

Independent and inclusive, the third installment of Manchester Punk Festival spread its reach across multiple venues, with a multitude of musical acts and other cultural performances and premieres.


Mild High Club @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Taking a break from their tour with collaborative album partners King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mild High Club took on a sold out Leeds' Brudenell Social Club with their own recipe of psychedelic space sounds.


Peach Club @ Lending Room, 15/2/18

It was a packed night of powerful fun at Leeds’ Lending Room for Peach Club’s Cherry Baby EP release show, a celebration of all things up-and-coming and the overcoming of adversity in a musical boys’ club.


Why we will never not need LGBT History Month

LGBT history month, like many of the other history months out of the year, is about learning from mistakes made in the past, remembering how far we’ve come from those mistakes, preventing those mistakes from happening again, and moving away from the erasure that has been so widespread in our history lessons of the past.


Sløtface at The Echo LA

Following the release of their highly-anticipated debut album Try Not To Freak Out, Norwegian punk band Sløtface began the U.S. leg of their tour at The Echo in Los Angeles.


In Conversation with Trudy & the Romance

The green room at Leeds’ Lending Room, where I’ve found myself early this evening, filled to the brim with a variety of retro equipment, must be somewhere the members of Trudy & the Romance feel very at home in.


together PANGEA and Thee MVPs at Headrow House

Even an almost-empty venue can have a spirit of its own. The lucky 30-odd attendees of the together PANGEA show at the Headrow House were in for a delightful treat.


Japanese Breakfast at Headrow House

In a night of dreamscapes and cosmic sounds, Japanese Breakfast played beautifully to a full house at Headrow House in Leeds.


Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2017: Day 1

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2017 opened with a slew of dynamic musicians on day one of three with an energy sure to last for the entire weekend.


diet cig and The Spook School at Headrow House

With spunk and a jump height possibly comparable to NBA players, Diet Cig brought the Headrow House down last week.


Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2017: Day 2

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from Leeds band, Weirds. But, DAMN, I was impressed. This and more great bands from Day Two of Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia!

(Text by Rachel Frank)


ListenSD Exclusive: Interview with Yassassin at Liverpool Psychfest 2017

We sat down with Yassassin on the rainy first afternoon of the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia to talk about their new EP, Vitamin Y, and the wide range of influences inspiring their art.


Yassassin at Lending Rooms

On a tour around the UK celebrating their latest release, Vitamin Y, alt-rockers Yassassin brought their unique style to Leeds’ intimate Lending Rooms.


Donald Trump's Decision to Ban Transgender People's Service in the Military is an Echo of Past Discrimination

Let’s start out by trying to sort out this madness with a few facts.

('Trump Does a Trump' Art by Bella Spencer)


Be Well Fest at Rancho Valhalla Nursery

Field Trips‘s Be Well Fest’s goal was not only to raise money for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention–it was to also raise awareness about mental health.


The Regrettes at House of Blues Voodoo Room

Los Angeles sweethearts The Regrettes brought the soul of punk and the golden heart of a goddamn good time to House of Blues San Diego’s compact and intimate Voodoo Room.


Best Coast and Wavves at Observatory North Park

Best Coast vs. Wavves in Summer is Forever II

(Text by Evan Klein)


Girlpool and Bobby T and the Slackers at the Che Cafe

We checked out Girlpool and Bobby T and the Slackers at Che Café in San Diego, California on November 3rd, 2015.


Burger Revolution 2015 at the Stronghold

All around the world this past weekend, Burger Revolution was going strong. From South America to the US to Australia to Europe, intimate gigs lined the globe with the record label’s motto of all-out, casual fun being the theme of every single one.