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An Interview with Plagues

An Interview with Plagues

Plagues released “Miracle Worker,” a sludgy, chaotic EP, equal parts melodic and abrasive, in August of 2016. Since then they have become a cornerstone of the Charleston hardcore scene, known for their collaborative ethos and physically taxing live performances. Their lyrics might recall isolation and frustration, but sonically Plagues creates a dense atmosphere that doesn’t...
Women & The Rolling Stones at the Music Hall -- A Show Review

Women & The Rolling Stones at the Music Hall — A Show Review

On Friday, February 24th the Charleston Music Hall hosted “Women & the Rolling Stones: A Tribute to the Stones,” the most recent installment in Hazel Ketcham and Lindsay Holler’s “Women &” series in which local female vocalists cover songs by the masters of rock and roll. The series began in 2015 with a tribute to...
The Courtneys II by The Courtneys -- An Album Review

The Courtneys II by The Courtneys — An Album Review

The Courtneys’ first self-titled album was released in 2013, and since then the all-girl trio has released a slew of punchy singles and music videos before finding their home at Flying Nun Records, the independent New Zealand label through which they have finally graced us with their sophomore album, The Courtneys II.   Self-described as...
"A Shadow in Time" by William Basinski -- An Album Review

“A Shadow in Time” by William Basinski — An Album Review

At its best, the music of William Basinski is to be experienced as much as it is meant to be listened to, and “A Shadow in Time” is no exception. Basinski employs his most popular compositional element, the tape loop, to pay homage to David Bowie for all of his years of artistic inspiration. A...
Vatican, WVRM, Queensway, Hangman, and Cazador at Cory's Grilled Cheese -- A Show Review

Vatican, WVRM, Queensway, Hangman, and Cazador at Cory’s Grilled Cheese — A Show Review

A mystically foggy night in a grocery store shopping center lined with palmetto trees is like a burgeoning, brutal metal scene in the suburbs of Charleston: a paradox, but a welcome one.   When I arrived at Cory’s (a specialty grilled cheese restaurant by day), the lights were off and Cazador’s vocalist was mid wail,...
"& I'm Fine Today" by Susto -- A Live Album Review

“& I’m Fine Today” by Susto — A Live Album Review

Susto’s newest album, & I’m Fine Today, showcases the Charleston band’s ability to diversify their instrumentation and aesthetic, but ultimately strays away from what they did best on their debut album which was appealing to the local music scene through beautiful accounts of life in Charleston.  The album comes three years after their official self-titled...
DJ Spotlight -- Flagship JP DeGross aka LiveFire

DJ Spotlight — Flagship JP DeGross aka LiveFire

As our only live-mixing Flagship DJ, JP has offered a whole new perspective to our station. His show, “The Electronic Hour,” showcases his sick DJing skills as he creates in-studio, exclusively for CisternYard Radio. We sat down with him for a few questions about himself and his thoughts on being a DJ. Say your name, where...
The Revivalists and Stop Light Observations at the Music Farm -- A Show Review

The Revivalists and Stop Light Observations at the Music Farm — A Show Review

Not many people can say that they’ve danced next to Santa Claus and a minion to the magical sounds picked on a pedal steel guitar…but I can. Amongst other humans disguised as creatures and animals disguised as humans, Halloween night at the Music Farm echoed in its walls a type of show that still resonates...
All Get Out, Microwaves, Gates, and Tigerdog at the Music Farm -- A Show Review

All Get Out, Microwaves, Gates, and Tigerdog at the Music Farm — A Show Review

Having only heard about Charleston-grown band All Get Out very recently, I knew it would be an interesting experience when I entered the venue. The show had a pretty slow start with Charlotte-formed band, Tigerdog, but throughout each act’s set the intensity amplified reaching a head when headliner All Get Out shredded. What seemed to...
Deafheaven at The Throne Theater, Wilmington, NC -- A Show Review

Deafheaven at The Throne Theater, Wilmington, NC — A Show Review

Deafheaven is perhaps the most controversial band in modern American black metal. Traditionalists hate their deviation from the standard formula for a “classic” black metal album, while their fans admire their ability to combine elements of shoegaze and post-rock with a standard vocal delivery and lyrics from a black metal outfit. This can be more...
DJ Spotlight: Jonathan Gerstl and Jonathan Brakefield of "Jonathan Live!"

DJ Spotlight: Jonathan Gerstl and Jonathan Brakefield of “Jonathan Live!”

Different than any other radio show at CYR this year, “Jonathan Live!” has created a loyal following by simply supporting the scene. A joint effort between Jonathan Gerstl and Jonathan Brakefield (hence their show name), CYR’s current Flagship DJs sat down with us for a few questions about their lives as DJs, and each other....
Angel Olsen at the Grey Eagle -- A Show Review

Angel Olsen at the Grey Eagle — A Show Review

Angel Olsen. What comes to my mind when I think about Angel Olsen? True iridescence, every emotion I’ve ever felt all at once, a whirlwind of experiences I want to enjoy over and over again as well as forget about entirely. Olsen is by far the one honest voice I’ve been able to depend upon...
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