The Return of Bandcamp Day AKA Music Industry BLACK-out Day

The Return of Bandcamp Day AKA Music Industry BLACK-out Day

Here we go again, in more sense than one. Today is yet another Bandcamp Day, where the online marketplace waives their revenue share for 24 hours so that 100% of proceeds go to the artists and labels who sell on Bandcamp. Right now is yet another instance where we are raw from another reprehensible act [...]

Album Review: Howie Moonlight’s ‘On the Run (From Love)’

Album Review: Howie Moonlight’s ‘On the Run (From Love)’

Howie Moonlight On the Run (From Love) (Brain Tape) Sudbury is likely one of the most overlooked locations for music modern day, and Howie Moonlight’s debut mini-album is a prime example of why.  Their music has lingered in my mind and in my music library long before this release through audio rips of their performance [...]

DJ TBear Talks Oaxacan Hip-Hop, Label Bear House Co., Love of ’90s Rap, and Importance of Elevating Female Voices

DJ TBear Talks Oaxacan Hip-Hop, Label Bear House Co., Love of ’90s Rap, and Importance of Elevating Female Voices

Mexican recording artists have long been subjugated to stereotypes projected on them by outsiders. They’re not all sombrero-wearing mustached men walking around with guitars. You’ll look to Mexico City to find Americanized acts making accessible pop music and walk away satisfied. Still, if you pay attention, at this very moment, there is a vibrant community [...]

Album Review: Backxwash’s ‘God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It’

Album Review: Backxwash’s ‘God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It’

Backxwash God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It (Grimalkin Records) The human experience, by its very nature, is personal and often painful, and yet institutionally, those with power and/or influence have seen it fit to allow additional, crushingly heavy layers of pain to be heaped upon individuals who don't fit [...]

Medium Soft Shares “Waterfall”, Announces New Album ‘AM in the PM’

Medium Soft Shares “Waterfall”, Announces New Album ‘AM in the PM’

Today, we're excited to share "Waterfall", the newest single from UK singer-songwriter Medium Soft, as well as announce his follow up to March's Paradise Slums: AM in the PM. "Waterfall", and by extension AM in the PM, represents a stylist shift from Paradise Slums, largely owed to the acquisition of a '90s Technics keyboard bought with funds made from [...]

EP Review: Hunter Complex’s ‘Rain In Europe’

EP Review: Hunter Complex’s ‘Rain In Europe’

Hunter Complex Rain In Europe (Burning Witches Records) In the Dutch underground electronica scene, Lars Meijer, aka Hunter Complex, has reached a cult status. Lars has been composing electronic, synth-based music for other 30 years, beginning by experimenting with synthesizer and putting his music out on homemade cassettes in the late 80’s. In the 90s [...]

Album Auto-nalysis: The Ryne Experience’s ‘Hokey’

Album Auto-nalysis: The Ryne Experience’s ‘Hokey’

Album Auto-nalysis is a regular COUNTERZINE feature where we ask some of our favorite artists to breakdown their albums track-by-track and provide further insight into the thoughts, feelings, and artistic processes that went into making them. For this edition, we asked our Ryne Clarke of UTC's own The Ryne Experience to detail their 2018 debut [...]

Album Premiere/Review: Dead Friends’ ‘Shirley’

Album Premiere/Review: Dead Friends’ ‘Shirley’

Dead Friends Shirley (Wallflower Records) Today, we're excited to premiere the new LP from Edmonton rock band Dead Friends, Shirley. The sound of Dead Friends is not one so far removed from the likes of many popular modern garage rock acts such as Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and The Growlers, but it's also not [...]