Punk Progenitor Alan Vega, Suicide Frontman, Dies at 78

Another casualty to 2016: the Year the Music Died fell today with the passing of Alan Vega, former frontman and co-founder of proto-punk forerunners, Suicide. Vega was 78 and continued making and performing music to the very end. His death was announced earlier today by Henry Rollins, reading a statement issued by Vega’s family. As Suicide, […]

Record Retail Therapy

it’s already been a rough year, and one week ago I learned that my uber-rare cancer is back for the 3rd time, which is sure to mean a totally swell rest of the year. My intuition says the nightmare horror factory that is 2016 isn’t anywhere close to done with production, though – it’s probably […]

Jarvis Cocker on #Brexit

More compelling evidence on my teenage self’s impeccable taste in musical crushes. Not only is the Pulp frontman dreamy AF and capable of turning a lyrical phrase that’s equal parts sex and wit, Jarvis is a rather clever commentator to boot. Be still, my (sometimes irregularly) beating heart! So yeah, smart guys who make me […]

Is Your Taste All in Your Mouth?

If you remember PBR tasting god-awful in college, it may be because you were shotgunning it to a god-awful soundtrack. Or, OK, PBR is just god-awful. Bad example. If you remember PBR tasting delicious in college, it may be because you have the most exceptional record collection known to man. You see, according to science, […]

Billboard’s Open Letter to Congress backed by 200 Music Heavies

In the early hours of June 13, 49 people were killed during Latin night at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida by a man who legally purchased an assault rifle despite his being on an FBI terror watchlist. Days earlier, an obsessed fan shot and killed singer Christina Grimmie during a post-concert autograph session. […]

DadsBand, Fat Mike style

Parents, amirite? So, I’m perusing instagram on Voldemort’s birthday when I come across this gem from none other than Fat Mike of NOFX. Really cool to see pro-femme support from my homegrown punk hero. I wonder if she gets embarrassed when he starts to sing at the grocery store, or if she just moshes along. […]

it’s morrissey, charlie brown!

music + moxie joins the Peanuts gang in their minor existential crisis on this, the 30th anniversary of The Smiths The Queen is Dead album release. Cheers!

Reality Crumbling in the Wake of David Bowie’s Death

Six months after the death of David Bowie, normal reality is collapsing at an ever-increasing rate. Scientists have concluded that Bowie was in some way integral to the function of what we call normality in ways which they have not yet properly begun to understand, but postulate a hitherto unknown particle called the ‘Bowon’ which […]

‘The Queen is Dead’ turns 30

Thirty-seven minutes. That’s how long The Queen Is Dead allows its listeners to venture through a world of sleazy record label execs, unrequited love, regicide, suicide, organized religion, women’s bodies, dead poets, and pretty much every other theme imaginable. In ten songs on one album lasting 37 minutes, The Smiths definitively summed up the personal, […]

Diving into Radiohead’s ‘Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead released their achingly beautiful ninth LP, A Moon Shaped Pool today, May 8th, 2016. No doubt drawing on the disintegration of his 23 year relationship with Rachel Owen, Thom Yorke’s college sweetheart and wife, Pool is replete with moments of pure heartbreak, loneliness and emotional despair in its blunt exploration of human intimacy, a theme […]

Farewell, Sweet Prince

RIP PRINCE June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016 Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. Moments after my loot crate arrived with the much-anticipated ‘Bowie as Labyrinth’s Jareth’ tee in a suspiciously purple palette, KCRW announced that Prince had been found dead at his Paisley Park compound in St. Paul. He was just 57 years old. […]

My #WhenIWas

Every time a sexual assault story breaks nationally, it seems like the public conversation inevitably shifts from shock at the unspeakable atrocity of what happened to speculating how the victim failed to prevent her own assault and lamenting the perpetrators now-wasted ‘potential.’ So when I saw @EverydaySexism asking women to share their earliest stories with […]

Rolling Stone Got Punk Rock Wrong. Again.

Let’s start here: calling Gang of Four’s magnificent Entertainment a punk record is like calling the Soft Machine a British Invasion band. Rolling Stone has just published a list of the 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time. So of course the list was riddled with records that had only the most tenuous connection, if […]

The Lolla 2016 Lineup Drops

Whoa … REALLY? 25 years? That’s kinda crazy. Well, the touring fest turned 3 day location fest turned multi-region, 4-day SPECTACULAR is really all grown up now. It really made something of itself, don’t you think? And hey, Lolla founder Perry Farrell still has the band back together so Jane’s Addiction (shoes? is it shoes? […]

Happy Pun-Day

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Now You See Her…

we know, we know: like a timid ghost or a 1997 page, it’s been a while since you’ve seen your girl in music. radio silence and static fuzz and then the signal went completely dark, too. After all this time, you sorta assumed she just wasn’t that into you. listen: we wanted to answer when […]

David Bowie’s ★ on InstaMiniSeries

David Bowie may have taken his leave of this world to return home just over a month ago, but he is still actively changing it. DavidBowie.com just announced a 16-part, 4-minute mini series set for imminent release over Instagram’s InstaMiniSeries. “Unbound: A ★ InstaMiniSeries,”  marks the fourth offering in original content from the selfie-sharing service. […]

The Bitch is Back

Buckle your seat belts, gang: music + moxie is returning soon™   ps: … don’t call it a comeback, we never left

Our Love: Upside Down & Inside Out

Mirhi had never heard of my favorite happy artists until I told him he was going with me to see them at a Twilight Concert on the Santa Monica pier in 2014. I made us a gourmet freaking picnic but he got a migraine, and missed it. As fate would have it this was the […]

Zee + Me = 3

So at the very, very end of 2015, something odd that I never thought would happen, did. Voldemort got back in touch and his new girlfriend, Zee, and I became besties. She’s amazing. We make art.* Voldemort is jealous. Anyways, we are kinda hilarious, and she tweets the best bits of our conversations for public […]

2015’s Best Underground + UnSpotifyable Albums

If you believe everything you read outside music+moxie, the music industry was “saved” not once but three times in 2015 — first by Taylor Swift, then by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, and once more by Adele. Crisis averted, and we can all rest easy knowing that Record Label execs can put away those golden […]

Interpreting the Sexes

I had a guy friend come to me recently and ask me to translate girl for him. The conversation allowed me connect a few dots for he and other guy friends who were there, as well as articulate something for myself. Here’s the sitch: He’d been hanging out with this girl to the point where […]

Next Level PunCake

My job means dealing puns of damage daily – here’s one such example. You know how email chains work – start at the bottom and read up. ———- Forwarded message ———- Date: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM I think we may have reached the point of no return /TMM On Nov 14, 2015 […]