Tony Kay

Tomten Gets Playful on ‘Viva Draconia’

Viva Draconia, the latest album from Tomten, begins with the homey whirr of (I think) an accordion, wheezing out a melody amidst the effortful, semi-audible strikes of human fingers on keys and buttons as chords change. That sound’s not just an evocative 20-some seconds of bittersweetness. It’s a reminder of the handmade quality that lay…

Two PNW Artists Tell it Like it Is on Video

News flash (not): This country’s pretty fucked right now. And maddeningly enough, that deeply profound state of fuckery is rooted in the elemental fact that even ideals that we hold to be self-evident can be yanked out from under us if we’re not vigilant. The most ostensibly obvious tenets of our country, the things that…

Interview: Leeni of Prom Queen Talks “Doom-Wop”

Over the course of six years and three albums, singer/songwriter/guitarist Leeni Ramadan has crafted a distinctive musical universe with her band Prom Queen. It’s an environment where Brill Building girl-group pop, surf rock, exotica music, and Patsy Cline country share space—a place where jet-black humor, kitsch, and haunted obsession intermingle like spirals of cigarette smoke….