Label Makers: Hozac Records

Todd Novak of Hozac Records talks about going from magazine to record label and the Chicago scene

A lot of things can change in thirteen years.  Bands can play their first show in a garage, explode into fame and fortune, and crumble into mediocrity all in a short time span.  It’s the natural ebb and flow of a city’s music scene.  And no one has witnessed that better in Chicago than Todd Novak and Brett Cross...

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Posted by Amy Dittmeier on Jul 07, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

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School Of Seven Bells

School Of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis talks about new album 'Disconnect From Desire.'

Disconnect From Desire is the sophomore release of New York threesome School Of Seven Bells. The follow-up to their debut, the critically acclaimed Alpinisms, Disconnect From Desire looks to capitalize on success and evolve the band to a new level. We recently had a chance to shoot Benjamin Curtis a few questions about the new album.

HEAVE: I read an interview with NME that said the band is ready to evolve on the new record...

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Posted by Wes Soltis on Jul 02, 2010 @ 7:07 am

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Matt Pond PA

Matt Pond talks The Dark Leaves, favorite shows and why he moves around so much.

Matt Pond PA has consistently released some of the best indie rock in the last decade with only one constant throughout the entire discography; Matt Pond. HEAVE had a chance to pick his brain and talk about the new album.

HEAVE: I know this is a pretty common move for musicians – but what was your motivation to move from Philly to Brooklyn in 2003?

Matt Pond: My witch doctor told me it was a good idea to go toward the light. At the time, I was in a dark place and had to get out...

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Posted by Wes Soltis on Jun 28, 2010 @ 7:07 am

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The Futureheads

Dave Hyde talks the current tour, The Chaos and how The Futureheads capture their live show energy in their recordings.

Navigating the streets of Chicago this past weekend was no easy task.  The Jazzfest, the Crosstown Classic, the World Cup and a post Stanley Cup hangover weaved their hellish charms about the town.  No better way to escape the madness than with a performance from one of the decade's most engaging live bands. Since the early "oughts," The Futureheads of have been the most invigorating of Indie imports, from a scene that spawned bands like The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, and Kaiser Chiefs...

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Posted by Joe Roth on Jun 21, 2010 @ 6:06 am

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Casiokid front man Etil Kinden Endresen discusses the English language, playing for kindergartners and what makes Casiokids a live show you have to see.

I have no idea what Casiokids are talking about in their Norwegian-laced lyrics, but I have to immediately like a band that did a tour of kindergarten classes. Luckily liking Casiokids is pretty easy since they release catchy tune after catchy tune that more than just little kids dancing around. Casiokids will bring their “electro-dance” to the States in August.

HEAVE: Alright, I don’t know Norwegian...

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Posted by Wes Soltis on Jun 15, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

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