our noise

music + moxie began in 2008 as an anonymous blog chronicling the realization of sesaluna's teen rock fantasies when she became special ops to music industry big-wig, BossMan, while dealing with a break-up that her first-love + fiance,  Voldemort, just wouldn't let stick. It also housed a growing repository of pre-spotify 'playlists for any occasion', which caught the attention of early start-up streaming-music service MOG Music (aka Beats Music Apple Music, as they're known today).

After a few years wooing, in 2011 music + moxie was reborn as an online music magazine under the MOG Music banner. Today we focus on interviews, reviews and profiles of emerging talent alongside provocative cultural commentary.

music + moxie believes that whatever music speaks to you is the only noise that matters, whether that's punk or popera or strings metal or whatever. We detest the notion of shaming a band and their fans just cause we don't wanna dance to it. To that end, we labor to bring you all the "good noise for girls and boys" you never knew existed, and yes, where we see opportunities for creators to level up, we'll say so, with love, and without malice.

If you're a seeker, Look Closer™ to find hidden eggs everywhere: the OG Music + Moxie blog and its 2007 prototype; Bono-blaming Merch catalogs circa 2011; creative + professional portfolios among other hidden artifacts of one girl's ridiculous love affair with live music. 

“LA music oracle”

- aoife o'leary, moth complex

“Indie's Own Angel”

- shirley levi, rebel music

“Rock Goddess”

- dave trippet

“Kristen is a music journo who's equal parts trailblazing literary powerhouse and amazing musical visionary.”

- barry english // drums, i'll eat your face

“Kristen face is like an angel or a solid gold cup cake. I’d say she Completes me, but she is also my beginning.”

- j chris newberg // comedian + musician

legal static

terms of use

Welcome to Music + Moxie. 

Music + Moxie (the “Website”) is owned and operated for visitors personal, non-commercial enjoyment, subject to these Terms of Use and all modifications thereto (“Terms”). If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. Content accessed via this Website is protected by applicable copyright and trademark law.

  1. Your Acceptance - BY ACCESSING THIS WEBSITE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE, ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS, AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH ANY APPLICABLE LOCAL LAWS. Music + Moxie may revise these Terms of Use for the Website at any time without notice. Material changes to the Terms will be posted one month before they are effective. All non-material changes will become effective on the date they are posted. By using this Website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms of Use whether or not you have reviewed them.
  2. Website Access & Membership Information - Music + Moxie hereby grants you permission to use the Website as set forth in these Terms of Use, provided that: (i) your use of the Website is solely for your personal, non-commercial use; (ii) you will not copy or distribute any part of the Website in any medium except according to Music + Moxie’s policies for such set forth in these Terms without Music + Moxie’s prior certified written authorization; (iii) you will not alter or modify any part of the Website other than as may be reasonably necessary to use the Website for its intended purpose; and (iv) you will otherwise comply with the Terms of Use.
  3. Privacy Policy - Your privacy is very important to us. Please read our Privacy Policy to understand how we collect, use, communicate, disclose and make use of personal information.
  4. Intellectual Property Rights - The content on the Music + Moxie Website, except User Submissions (as defined below), including without limitation, the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, interactive features and the like (“Content”) and the trademarks and logos contained therein (“Marks”), are owned by or licensed to Music + Moxie, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under United States and foreign laws and international conventions. Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use only and may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever, except as permitted by these Terms of Use, without the prior written consent of the respective owners. Music + Moxie reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the Website and the Content. You agree to not engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the Content other than expressly permitted herein, including any use, copying, or distribution of User Submissions of third parties obtained through the Website for any commercial purposes. If you download or print a copy of the Content for personal use, you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein. You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security related features of the Music + Moxie Website or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the Music + Moxie Website or the Content therein. For any reuse or distribution, you must attribute the work to Music + Moxie with a link to the original content, not alter or transform it in any way, or use it for commercial purposes.
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    3. In connection with User Submissions, you further agree that you will not: (i) submit material that is not owned by you, copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant Music + Moxie all of the license rights granted herein; (ii) publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage Music + Moxie or any third party; (iii) submit material that is unlawful, defamatory, libelous, harassing, hateful, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate; (iv) post advertisements or solicitations of business: (v) impersonate another person. Music + Moxie expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Submissions. Music + Moxie does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on its Website, and Music + Moxie will remove all Content and User Submissions if properly notified that such Content or User Submission infringes on anothers intellectual property rights. Music + Moxie reserves the exclusive right to decide whether Content or a User Submission is appropriate and complies with these Terms of Use for violations other than copyright infringement and violations of intellectual property law, such as, but not limited to defamatory material. Music + Moxie may remove such User Submissions and/or terminate a User’s access to the Website for submitting such material in violation of these Terms of Use at any time, without prior notice and at its sole discretion.
  6. Copyright Owners - If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any User Submission or other content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by emailing an Infringement Notice as outlined below to dmca@musicandmoxie.com.

    Infringement Notices must be sent as plain text emails without attachments (email attachments are discarded), and must include the following or they will be deemed invalid:

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    2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
    3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;
    4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and email;
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    6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

    If we take action in response to an Infringement Notice, we will make a good faith attempt to contact the party that made such content available by any means provided by such party to us. Your Infringement Notice may be forwarded to the party that made the content available as well as to third parties such as LumenDatabase.org. If your claim is shown to materially misrepresent infringement of your copyright, regardless of your intent, under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, you are liable for our damages and costs (including attorneys’ fees). For this reason, please contact an attorney before sending a claim if you are unsure that content located on or linked-to by this website infringes your copyright.

    If a DMCA notice is valid, we will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of us or others, we may, in our discretion, deny them access to and use of this website.

    For clarity, only DMCA notices and counter notices should be sent to dmca@musicandmoxie.com; any other inquiries, feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications should be directed to Music + Moxie via our Contact Page or sent to info@musicandmoxie.com. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements set herein, your DMCA notice may not be valid.

  7. External Links - Both the Music + Moxie mailers and website may contain links to other sites. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. Music + Moxie is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such other sites that are not within its operation. In no event shall Music + Moxie be liable, directly or indirectly, to anyone for any loss or damage arising from or occasioned by the creation or use of the linked sites or the information or the material accessed through these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site for the security of our visitors and welcome any feedback about these sites.
  8. W!N Events - From time to time, Music + Moxie periodically runs contests, giveaways and promotions via the “W!N” channel on the Site. To participate in W!N, users are asked to enter either via submission form or e-mail. Each entered user ("Entrant") is bound by the stated rules of any contest or giveaway. Upon entry, all Entrant registrations and information is stored until up to 24 hours following the contest completion date and time defined in the rules of each W!N event. Within 24 hours of the contest completion date all entrant data will be destroyed. No Entrant information will be used for any purpose other than administering their participation in the W!N event.
  9. Revisions and Errata - The content appearing on the Website could include technical, typographical, photographic, and other errors. Music + Moxie does not warrant that any of the content on its Website is accurate, complete, or current. Music + Moxie may make changes to its content at any time without notice, but does not make any commitment to update any content.
  10. Not Offered to Children Under 13 Years Old - This website is only offered and made available to individuals who are at least 13 years old. Music + Moxie does not knowingly solicit any information from children nor does Music + Moxie knowingly market or otherwise target the Website to children. If Music + Moxie becomes aware that any person under 13 years of age has used the site without verifiable parental consent, Music + Moxie will add them to an activity block list until their 13th birthday. You agree to abide by any such restrictions, and not to help anyone avoid these restrictions. 
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  16. General - You agree that: (i) the Music + Moxie Website shall be deemed solely based in California; and (ii) the Music + Moxie Website shall be deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Music + Moxie, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than California. These Terms of Use shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of California without respect to its conflict of laws principles. Any claim or dispute between you and Music + Moxie that arises in whole or in part from the Music + Moxie Website shall be decided exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in Los Angeles County, California. Please note that your use of the Website may be subject to other local, state, national, and international laws. These Terms of Use, any artist representation agreements and any other legal notices published by Music + Moxie on the Website, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and Music + Moxie concerning the Music + Moxie Website. If any provision of this agreement is in conflict with a provision in a signed artist representation agreement, the artist representation agreement provision shall prevail. If any provision of these Terms of Use is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of this these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and Music + Moxie’s failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Music + Moxie reserves the right to amend these Terms of Use at any time and without notice, and it is your responsibility to review these Terms of Use for any changes. Your use of the Music + Moxie Website following any amendment of these Terms of Use will signify your assent to and acceptance of its revised terms. YOU AND MUSIC + MOXIE AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE MUSIC + MOXIE WEBSITE MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

Contacting Us - If you have any questions regarding these Terms of Use you may contact us using the information below.




Music + Moxie is committed to respecting the privacy rights of all its users, as outlined in the privacy policy below.  By accessing and /or using this site, you consent to this privacy policy.

Personal Information

Music + Moxie has zero interest in big brother-ing you. None. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. So we don't track you, or use cookies to gather your and sell it to advertisers.

If you decide to opt-in to our mailing list, you may receive periodic emails. Every email sent from Music + Moxie includes clear links to easily and painlessly unsubscribe immediately.

We also have any information you provide us if you choose to contact us directly, such as when you submit content or enter giveaways. We use this information for the purpose you provided it – for instance, to provide support or communicate about a submission – and to provide you with features of the Site like swag, album or ticket giveaways. Unless there is good reason not to, this user data is destroyed as soon as it is no longer needed.


Though we do not generally use cookies, some functionality on our site may occasionally require them.

You can turn cookies off on your web browser, and if you do, when the site needs them you will see why and be notified when you can turn them back off or choose to opt-out of whatever you were looking to access. If you contact us we will see if we can help you without the cookies.

With respect to Ad Servers: Music + Moxie does not make money from selling advertising on the site, serving ads to you, or selling information about our visitors to third parties, including advertisers, data brokers, search engines, or anyone else.


Music + Moxie does not collect, sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties any personally identifiable information.  We do our best to resist baseless legal requests to access information. That said, we may release visitor or reader information to satisfy a just law, regulation, legal process, governmental request, or governmental order when we believe release is appropriate and just, required for our clear conscience, or protects ours or others rights, property, or safety.

Music + Moxie’s policy is to give you advance notice if we are going to release your information unless by law we are prohibited from or advised against doing so. If we think that by disclosing your information we may prevent serious harm to ourselves, you, or anyone else for that matter, we may do so without notifying you. Finally, we may disclose your information if we believe it is necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise address safety, fraud, or security concerns related to Music + Moxie.


Music + Moxie does not buy, rent, or sell email addresses to or from third parties. Every email publication sent includes links to unsubscribe, allowing users to automatically and immediately remove themselves from subscription lists. The only way to receive Music + Moxie is to subscribe to it.

Music + Moxie complies with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. 


Users may always opt out of receiving any Music + Moxie publication. Every email publication sent includes links to unsubscribe, allowing users to automatically and immediately remove themselves from subscription lists. Users with questions or experiencing problems unsubscribing should email info@musicandmoxie.com.



Both the Music + Moxie mailers and website may contain links to other sites. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. Music + Moxie is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites that are not within its operation. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Children Under 13

The Site is intended for the general public, but is not meant for children under 13. We don’t knowingly collect personal information from children under 1. In compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), Music + Moxie, its products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Terms and Conditions

Please also visit the above Terms establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of this Website.

Notification of Changes

Music + Moxie reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these terms and conditions at any time. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will update the Privacy Policy modification date below.

This policy was last modified on October 4, 2011.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.




music + moxie is primarily an entertainment website containing, almost exclusively, subjective, opinion-based content. Our content is rigorously fact-checked to the best of our abilities prior to publication but will, no doubt, contain the occasional error of typing, spelling, grammar, syntax, assumption, fashion, faction, fact, and imagination. All oxford commas are 100% intentional. You might disagree with with our positions, conclusions, ideas, possibly our entire worldview and we might be baffled by yours. music + moxie is totally cool with that.