St. Paul de Vence “Spring”: First Look and Listen

St. Paul de Vence  did us the honor two weeks ago of allowing us to premiere their unreleased and incredible song, "Mama." They had such an overwhelmingly positive response (and for good reason) to the song and the new video, we both thought it was only right that we give you another taste of their … [Read more...]

Campfire OK feat. Melodie Knight “Our Hearts Beat Light” (VIDEO)

There's something about Campfire OK that makes me feel like I am sharing a secret when I talk about them. The Mychal Cohen-helmed band has been around Seattle for awhile now, but they are still a mystery to so many people. They play sparing shows, always with beautiful extras like a themed set or a … [Read more...]

Doe Bay: Unfiltered

From the food to the shows, the facilities to the parking spots, the folks from Doe Bay Resort and Artist Home invest hours and hours and hours of preparation to ensure everyone has an incredible time at Doe Bay Fest. But no matter how much planning festival-goers do in advance, the moment you step … [Read more...]

Local Music Goes Commercial

I've noticed more and more lately how many brands have adopted the indie music craze. You know... a commercial comes on and you look up because the song is catchy and fun. Typically it's a band you've never heard of but within six months they're on tour and playing as an opener at Key Arena. There … [Read more...]

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...]

Notes of Nostalgia: “American Music” by the Violent Femmes

It's that time again. I've got a bug in my brain to start a new series: Notes of Nostalgia. This time it'll be installments of songs and/or music videos that conjure up stories from my past. Mostly they'll be true but don't be surprised if, on occasion, I manufacture something I simply wished had … [Read more...]

“Runaways”, new single by The Killers!

The Killers just dropped their first single, “Runaways”, off the upcoming album Battle Scars and it is BIG!! The first album, Hot Fuss, wore the bands 80’s influence on it’s sleeve, but “Runaways” is arena rock 80’s! Big guitars and a bass and drum line that locks in and gallops along with Brandon … [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...]

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...]

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...]