Get to Know the Artist: Every Flavor Weather Machine

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When you hear or read the words, “Every Flavor Weather Machine,” you don’t immediately think of music, but that’s precisely what Every Flavor Weather Machine is. The band is an octet, something you don’t see very often in today’s popular music. They use a bassist, trombonist, drummer, trumpeter, saxophonist, percussionist, vocalist, and keyboarder to create the many flavors in their music. The flavors that the band offers include funk, soul, blues, gospel, and rock and roll. Some of these flavors or songs have meaning, and some just make you want to dance, according to front man and songwriter, Ben Anshutz (keyboards/vocals). Read more of Gadfly Online’s interview with Anshutz to learn how the band got their name and more, and be sure to check out EFWM’s latest single, “Do What I Can,” here.

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The Political Currents of Bronte’s “Us Vs Them”

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In a world of sugary pop ballads and singles encouraging us all to shake some sort of ourselves, I always rejoice when I come across an artist who writes conscientious, meaningful lyrics. That is exactly what I discovered when I came across Liam McAlary, otherwise known as Bronte, a singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia. In addition to soulful sound and catchy hooks, Bronte’s music narrates a story. It is through music that Bronte promotes political issues and engages in social commentary.

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Get to Know the Artist: Lion’s Mouth

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“We have never heard the same comparison more than once, which makes us feel like we have created a sound that really is Lion’s Mouth.”

Meet Chelsea Zareczny and Sara Wexler, together known as the indie-pop duo, Lions’ Mouth. In preparation for their self-titled debut album dropping today (November 18th) on Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, and more, the duo talked to Gadfly Online about how their experiences, from volunteer firefighting to elementary school bands, have brought them here today and how their album fits into their overall career arc, which hopefully includes touring where the duo “thrives under stage lights.”

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Are ‘We the People’ Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

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Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was “useful idiots” and it applied to a good many people who should have known better. I now propose a new, analogous term more appropriate for the age in which we live: …continue…

Get to Know the Artist: The Harmaleighs

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Meet The Harmaleighs, composed of 23 year-olders, Haley Grant and Kaylee Japerson. The folk duo met in college and instantly bonded over chips and queso. Since then, they have played alongside some of their favorite artists, including Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. With their new songs that tell stories about “the joy that comes with living,” they are hoping to become favorites of their own of the old and young. Take a listen to their first single, “I Keep Ticking On,” off of their debut album, Pretty Pictures, Dirty Brush, and continue reading to learn more about The Harmaleighs.

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Get to Know the Artist: Sarah McGowan

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Today’s featured artist is Sarah McGowan, a recent graduate from New York University and emerging singer. McGowan describes her sound as “sweet with an edge,” and she is currently working toward producing her EP Indian Summer to encapsulate that vibe. As a new artist McGowan is still discovering her sound, but is committed to staying unique and fresh. Read more about Sarah McGowan in this exclusive Q&A, and be sure to check out Gadfly’s previous review of that song!

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The Devil’s Bargain

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Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be …continue…

The FBI: America’s Secret Police

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We want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him.—President Harry S. Truman Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Intimidation tactics. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment schemes. These are the hallmarks of every authoritarian …continue…

Zombies Are Us: The Walking Dead in the American Police State

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Fear is a primitive impulse, brainless as hunger, and because the aim of horror fiction is the production of the deepest kinds of fears, the genre tends to reinforce some remarkably uncivilized ideas about self-protection. In the current crop of zombie stories, the prevailing value for the beleaguered survivors is a sort of siege mentality, a vigilance so constant and unremitting that it’s indistinguishable from the purest paranoia.— Terrence Rafferty, …continue…