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Andy Fenstermaker

Andy Fenstermaker is a music lover, writer, marketing professional, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to sharing his passion for music with others. He is the founder of FensePost, a renowned music blog that has been sharing the latest and greatest in indie music since 2006. Andy has always been fascinated by the power of music to connect people, and he started FensePost with the aim of sharing his love of music with others. Andy developed a passion for music at a young age. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Andy grew up surrounded by a vibrant music scene that left an indelible mark on him. He attended Washington State University, where he studied Communication and Business. He holds a BA in Communication and a Masters in Business Administration.  After graduating, Andy started writing about music and created FensePost as the outlet. The blog has a strong focus on indie music, but also covers a range of other genres including folk, indie pop, psychedelic, garage rock, and experimental.  Andy and the blog relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in 2020.

White Rabbits: The Plot [Video]

White Rabbits by Lucy Hamblin

Written by Fense

Oh glorious garage pop, how I love thee. I was looking for a new album to tuck nicely beside one of my all-time, top 10 albums, Up Against The Legends by The Legends, and what I found was Fort Nightly by White Rabbits (MySpace). And it worked perfectly. The elements are there—the hefty drums and electric guitars all have a massive pop ring and… oh… that tambourine! Read More »White Rabbits: The Plot [Video]

The Pica Beats: Beating Back The Claws Of The Cold [Album Review]

The Pica Beats

Written by Fense

I’m reading a little note by a key force behind Hardly Art Records, the label releasing The Pica Beats (MySpace) sophomore album, Beating Back The Claws Of The Cold, today. I usually don’t quote press releases, but this one is both important and relevant:

If there’s one thing I love about this label, it is being able to introduce bands that no one knew existed.

And it’s true. I hadn’t known about Le Loup or Pretty & Nice (the latter will hit later this year), or even their set of local Seattle bands. The list: Arthur & Yu, The Moondoggies, and, of course, The Pica Beats. That is, I didn’t know about any of them until the Hardly Art introduction. Read More »The Pica Beats: Beating Back The Claws Of The Cold [Album Review]

Unarmed Enemies [Feature Band]

Unarmed Enemies

Written by Fense

Stop the presses! (Isn’t that such a cliché—and outdated—thing to say when you want to grab someone’s attention?) I just made a discovery while hitting up some old groups I haven’t checked out in a while. Yes, the group I am referring to is Unarmed Enemies (MySpace). UE is an electro-pop outfit out of Sweden with a bit more of a techno emphasis than your usual electro-pop group. Read More »Unarmed Enemies [Feature Band]

Mamiffer: Hirror Enniffer [Album Review]

Mamiffer by A. Turner

Written by Fense

Mamiffer is a strange name. So is the title to their debut album, Hirror Enniffer. Then again, the music Mamiffer makes is as unique as the monikers they have masterfully possessed. The group consists of Seattle pianist Faith Coloccia. Coloccia draws influence from her art and composition background to create a refreshing sound unheard of by your traditional pianist. Read More »Mamiffer: Hirror Enniffer [Album Review]

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Weepy EP [Album Review]

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

There’s a low buzz in the air. You can only hear it if you listen hard—very hard. But it’s there; it’s quiet now but it’s gaining in ferocity, gaining in momentum. Pretty soon it will dominate all. The buzz is that of people talking—the good ol’ word of mouth style of promotion—about Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. I first caught wind of the buzz a few months back and, yesterday when I saw Weepy sitting on a shelf, I couldn’t resist picking up a copy (I’m a sucker for WOM impulse buys). Read More »Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Weepy EP [Album Review]

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons [Feature Band]

Ezra Furman

There are so many great pop labels around these days it’s becoming difficult to keep track of ‘em all. The good news is that there are several viable forces you can always count on to release great music. I am, of course, thinking of my all-time favorite label, Labrador Records. But in the case of Ezra Furman & The Harpoons (MySpace), that label is Minty Fresh; for you pop fans out there, this is definitely a label with which to make an acquaintance. Read More »Ezra Furman & The Harpoons [Feature Band]

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