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Todd Cochran

Freelance Writer

Todd Cochran previously ran the website The Dumbing of America. His work has also appeared on MTV, CBS Radio and in NME and SPIN Magazine. A Detroit native, she studied literature and journalism at Wayne State University and now lives in Texas. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Best Songs of 2014: Soundcloud and Bandcamp Edition

It's not that there are more bands, it's just that the distribution method has evolved. To find new music takes more patience than ever. I find that Bandcamp and Soundcloud as a never-ending treasure island of amazing new music.
07/07/2014 15:50 BST

The Top 20 Albums of 2014... So Far

There are many things that frustrate me about Top 20 lists. Chief among them are those that suggest that there isn't any good new music. The quest for new music has always been an adventure.
04/07/2014 11:53 BST

The Band That Slayed Radiohead

When I first interviewed Bolywool in 2010, they were one of a slew of Swedish bands who were spearheading a revival of psychedelic rock.
17/04/2014 13:53 BST

South By Southwest: The Best of the Fest

These are the bands that will walk away with new record deals and media coverage that can propel them to the larger stage. More than any other festival in the world, South By Southwest provides bands this opportunity by allowing over 1000 bands to occupy Austin, Texas and present themselves to curious audiences.
10/03/2014 16:28 GMT

Thawing Off With Thoughts of American Baseball

With the start of the Winter Olympics and in the midst of a cold winter, what better way to keep warm than to think about the imminent start of baseball in the U.S.? With the Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers reporting to camp yesterday, the new season is nearly upon us.
10/02/2014 11:29 GMT

The Top 10 EPs of 2013

y fondness for great EPs dates back to the years before CDs, when bands used to start their careers releasing 4-song 12" singles. The Smiths, Pavement and scads of other bands started out releasing great singles that garnered the interest of the record and radio industries.
30/12/2013 11:51 GMT

Austin City Limits Festival Gears Up For 2013

The 2013 edition of the Austin City Limits Festival finds the event shifting direction in a way that makes it one of the most compelling of the fall festivals in America. The three-day, eight stage music extravaganza will feature over 130 bands including bill-toppers Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse, Kings of Leon, Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie and Phoenix.
04/10/2013 16:30 BST

Seefeel's Seminal Album 'Quique' Turns 20

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of a unique record - Seefeel's "Quique", Modern Classics Records imprint, in association with Medical Records, has reissued the album on vinyl this week.
30/08/2013 15:14 BST

The Best Songs of 2013, So Far...

While the "Best Albums" list I published earlier in the week had a lot of familiar names, I've found my collection of favorite songs to be a bit more obscure. Far from the big advertising budgets of a band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, bands like Pins make brilliant music, just waiting to be heard by the masses.
01/07/2013 12:44 BST

The Evolution of Headphones and Fashion

Fashion and design have always been interwoven in the playing of both live and recorded music. All the way from the prehistoric age of drumsticks to today's fashion headphone.The level of both fashion and fidelity associated in music over time has wavered much like a stock chart or a sound wave.
04/06/2013 11:28 BST

Austin Psych Fest Takes Center Stage

With the rapid growth in the popularity of psych rock, thanks to bands like The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Black Angels, this years edition of the Austin Psych Fest at the end of April is set up for it's biggest year.
19/04/2013 11:36 BST

SXSW Recap: The Bands That Conquered the World

The real newsmakers were the bands that "broke-through" this year. Highly-touted newer acts, like England's Savages, far exceeded the hype, as well as bands that came out of nowhere to wow audiences, like Austin's own Black Pistol Fire, were among those that made a mark.
19/03/2013 15:10 GMT

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Launch New Album/Tour

Sometimes adversity leads to the greatest achievements in art. Three years after the release of <em>Beat The Devil's Tattoo</em>, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is preparing to release their seventh studio album, <em>Specter at the Feast</em>.
07/03/2013 14:13 GMT

Majical Cloudz: Grimes Collaborator Reaches for the Stars

Majical Cloudz is the musical project of Montreal-based songwriter Devon Welsh, with producer and live collaborator Matthew Otto. Their introspective brand of synth-driven music is characterized by an almost architectural desire for balance, crafting songs that are as sonically minimal as they are emotionally complex, equally reliant on negative, hollow space and lush, warm textures.
12/02/2013 10:21 GMT