Siddharth Basrur is the owner of one of the most recognizable voices in the indie circuit these days - from Goddess Gagged to his solo stuff to his work in films and advertisements to the tons of collaborations and guest appearances he happens to do. Vishal J Singh founded the cult Amogh Symphony, and is one of the most naturally gifted metal guitar players in the country, with phenomenal chops matched by an innate ability to craft songs and transcend stylistic restrictions at ease. Naturally, the two decided to get together to form The Library, an instrumental alternative/post-rock band where they're sharing all instrumental duties.
Bhanuj Kappal went to the beautiful valley of Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, for the second edition of the Ziro Festival of Music, featuring a host of indie acts from the country, as well as a visit by Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, which has Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley (formerly of Sonic Youth!). He came back a changed man, and has jotted down a comprehensive list of things he learned at the festival. (Part II here.)
A review of Lucky 7: Stupid Ditties, an Ennui.Bomb Compilation.
Them Clones have released two new singles, 'Mediocre' and 'Speak When I'm Gone'. The band is trying to reinvent its sound, and we speak to them about introducing a new member into the mix, about the idea behind releasing singles and not EPs, and what directions they're keen on heading in.
Pentagram with their very first gig at the Blue Frog, Delhi. Shaa’ir + Func and their explosive live act. The Lightyears Explode with their endearing indie-pop-punk thing. And Drawing Short Straws and their hypnotic experimental sound. The Gig Week finale had it all. Aditya Varma was there as our resident documenter.
A review of Chasing Rain - Chapter Two by Siddharth Basrur.
AKHIL SOOD This is the fat and ugly stepsister of pop music, and it's basically sublime
A review of Bats by The Circus.
BHANUJ KAPPAL As I saw a crowd of 20-something yuppies and alt-bros jumping along to Third
AKHIL SOOD Musical opinion in the country dictates that Adam and the Fish Eyed Poets are
AKHIL SOOD Avatars of the Delhi-based psychedelic indie/garage sounding band Indigo Children have, at various points, been christened Copperstoned, Superfuzz Bigmuff, The Superfuzz, and The Mars Volta
AKHIL SOOD I love the iPod. It has decent quality, it has enough space to hold