April 2016

CD Reviews

RFA – “Something New From RFA”

RFA has generated a huge buzz in the Philly region as of late. Made up of college students Alec Powell (drums), Brendan McHale (bass), Christian Turzo, (guitar), and Dan Cousart (vocals/guitar), the four-piece plays old-school rock n’ roll with the reckless abandon the genre requires. Especially in an era where the definition of rock music […]


Blueprint talks Vigilante Genesis

If one line Blueprint ever spit on a record could serve as a mantra for his career path, it might be this one from 2011’s “Radio-Inactive”: “Make it more commercial, Print/ You probably would sell more” But I’m eating now, so I’m like, “What the hell for?” Blueprint is one of the most prolific producers, rappers, […]


AltWire Presents: Marlene Oak’s “How Long”

  I wonder if Marlene Oak is a modest person. I pondered this last night, after I listened to her debut single, “How Long”. I hope she isn’t modest, because she has some serious bragging rights after releasing a song of this caliber. Ahem, excuse me… She has some serious bragging rights after releasing a song of this […]

Artists To Watch

Artist to Watch: Little Scream

(Photo courtesy of Little Scream’s Facebook Page) Laurel Sprengelmeyer, better known by her stage name Little Scream, is set to be the next indie darling. Sprengelmeyer get her start in the music industry by working as a backing vocalist on The National’s 2008 album High Violet. Her debut album, 2011’s The Golden Record, received a […]


Prince: In Memoriam 1958-2016

Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016)   Being alive in the same world as Prince is something I always took for granted. Even today, with the deafening news of his death, I can’t bring myself to be sad. Callous?   Cold-hearted?   No… just comforted.       Some lives end abruptly, shockingly, and without a grasp […]


New Collab from Blueprint and Aesop Rock!

On the morning of April 20th I woke up to an exciting e-mail! Once a year, at least one e-mail like it arrives. The e-mail announced a new project by one of the longest standing and most prolific underground hip-hop artists, Blueprint. This time, the project had a surprise. There’s a special guest…Aesop Rock! Also, in what might be […]