Storytime: Ramona Falls’ New Vid

I've talked about the Portland-based Ramona Falls before. It's pretty obvious I have fallen hard for anything that Brent Knopf is involved in. My crush started back in the days of Menomena with its oddly dramatic feel created through a mixture of woodwinds, piano and Knopf's mystically alluring … [Read more...]

Vid: The Drowning Men’s “Disorder Here We Come”

Tonight at Barboza, The Drowning Men are hitting the stage. We came across this little gem of a video and wanted to share it. If you love old sea-based movies and fun rock music, you're in for a treat. Check it out and then head to Barboza tonight to see 'em in person along with River City Extension … [Read more...]

IRW Vid Exclusive: Kris Orlowski’s “All My People Go”

Kris Orlowski has been on IRW's radar for a long time now. His kind demeanor, earnest lyrics and soft-rock/acoustic sound drew us in immediately. One of the many things that sets him apart are the unique venues in which you encounter his performances.¬† He took part in SeaTac's music initiative … [Read more...]

Blue Foundation: Music Vids Aren’t Always About Their Music

For the first handful of seconds watching Blue Foundation's video for "Broken Life", I was reminded of Patton Oswalt's bit about a man he encountered at an open mic self-dubbed "Dr. Pepper." If you know what i'm talking about you're already laughing; if not, then watch it and then you'll be … [Read more...]

Vid: “Violins and Violence” by Knives at Noon

While scouring the net for new music to see at SXSW (yup, IRW is schlepping down to Austin, traversing insanely packed venues and avoiding general debauchery at this year's fest) I came across a band out of New Zealand called Knives at Noon. Partially because their name kicks butt and partially … [Read more...]

Fashion and Music Collide: Kate Spade Brings Girl Power to SXSW

UPDATE: One of our favorites, Mad Maude & the Hatters, was the winner of the Kate Spade Battle of the Bands competition. Hopefully yours truly will be able to catch 'em when they play at SXSW! On Thursday, March 15th a lucky band will be opening for Vivian Girls at South by Southwest in … [Read more...]

Vid: An Uplifting Anti-Valentine from Australia

I'm starting to look for all kinds of avenues in which to discover new music. The best way seems to be following unlikely sources on Twitter and Facebook and paying attention to favorites of my favorites (bands that is). One incredible musician I came across the other day is Dallas Frasca. She's a … [Read more...]

Vid: Lilting Harmonies Floating on the Wind – The Staves’ “Mexico”

The Staves have had their name passed around by some pretty big publications in the past year like Vogue and Time Out New York. I tend not to care as much about who has "found" a band as what the band can do for me as individuals and a fan. I'm pretty sure you guys feel the same way. I heard about … [Read more...]

Vid: Adorable Pop Rock – Carly Rae Jepsen

I'm not typically into pop music. As a matter of fact I had to look up Miss Carly Rae Jepsen to see who she was. I was immediately slapped with about twenty¬† "American Idol" images, posts and comments. Ok ok, I don't watch that show even for the nasty season intros anymore but this video got my … [Read more...]

Vid: Yuna Mixes Up Some Old Nirvana and New Electronica

  There are a lot of bands out there, mostly in the last ten years (after a "respectful" amount of time had passed) that attempted to cover Nirvana songs. Rarely (if ever) do I remember actually enjoying them enough to hear it all the way through. Then some magic entered our email here at … [Read more...]