articles by Anurag Tagat


Azadi Records embraces greater digital presence by amping up online release of their music in lockdown

To adapt to changing times during a pandemic, Indian independent label Azadi Records has taken to releasing their music online, anticipating several months before the world reopens to live gigs.


India's live music industry stares at losses, as tours cancel, venues shut indefinitely over coronavirus outbreak

With the global outbreak of coronavirus, everything in India’s live music circuit is being reconsidered, as venues shut their doors and shows and tours stand cancelled indefinitely. Performers are expected to shoulder the worst battering in this crisis, predict industry insiders.


How Mae Thomas is keeping the faith in Indian indie music with her long-running podcast, Maed in India

In the five years that Maed In India has its weekly run of recording guests, Mae Thomas has hosted everyone from Nikhil D’Souza to Ankur Tewari, Naezy, Karsh Kale, Prateek Kuhad, and Indian Ocean.


Sonam Sherpa, Parikrama's guitar ace and a leading figure in Indian rock, passes away at 48

Sonam Sherpa, who gave us the inimitable soaring solo on 'But It Rained' about three decades, passed away earlier today at the age of 48.


Control ALT Delete 2020: Seven exciting acts for Mumbai's indie music faithful at upcoming festival

While other music festivals may pride themselves on a big-ticket headliner, crowdfunded music festival Control ALT Delete – now in its 12th edition – has always been about discovery.


Bhayanak Maut on their new track 'Shoreline', exit of two core members: We make music on our terms

Around 2017 when Bhayanak Maut's vocalists Vinay Venkatesh and Sunneith Revankar left the band, fans wondered how the remaining members decided to continue.


'Silence is sanction': Metal band The Down Troddence sing of resistance in new track, Fight. React. Be A Part

Kannur-bred band The Down Troddence say they felt 'powerless' after not being able to participate in an anti-CAA protest in Bengaluru.


Canadian-Indian duo Cartel Madras on new EP, Age of the Goonda: 'The beats we use aren't feminised'

'A lot of people have these terrible ideas of what they want us to look like or what they want us to be,' say Canadian-Indian hip hop duo Cartel Madras.


Coke Studio: 11 years in, new season of beloved music show runs afoul of copyright issues, but stays afloat

The 12th season of Coke Studio faced down copyright claims not just once but thrice in the last month with its episodes, along with criticism that followed some of their song choices, for instance, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan singing on Junoon’s Sayonee.


Nagaland's Hornbill Music Festival scales up operations to include Indian rock giants, rising indie artists

This year’s Hornbill Music Festival lineup includes Indus Creed, Girish and the Chronicles, Swarathma and Alobo Naga and the Band, and Dualist Inquiry.


Naezy discusses being a judge on MTV Hustle, making up for his year-long break, and upcoming projects

Since his year-long break, Naezy has released music at a staggering pace and took to stages ranging from cricket matches to hip-hop festivals and an Australia run of show.


How Mumbai’s Mosambi Juice Productions is building distinct visual identities for indie artists

Mumbai’s Mosambi Juice Productions is helping create indie artists' visual identities defined through precise aesthetics.


With Tool's Fear Inoculum on the horizon, a look at the band's album release antics over the years

With Tool's new album Fear Inoculum, a look at the band's history of pranks and antics around new releases over the years.


Woodstock 1999, 20 years after fiasco, remains cautionary tale for organisers of music festivals

Two decades later, and despite recent disasters like the Fyre Festival, Woodstock 1999 remains a handy guidebook for all the 'dont's' in the music festival business


Navigating Shades of Grey

An experimental jazz outfit uses music to stay relevant while transforming Indian society


Parekh & Singh on their long-awaited album ‘Science City’, adopting an 'audience first' approach at gigs

In the works for nearly five years, Science City comes after the duo’s 2016 international breakout album Ocean. Even for those who loved the saccharine nature of Ocean and its occasionally psychedelic, quirky detours (‘Hill’), there’s varied moods on Science City.


Bacardi House Party Sessions Season 2 sees inclusion of Amit Trivedi, Mohini Dey as mentors to artists

Season two of Bacardi House Party Sessions is more artist-centric, and though the mentors are not collaborators on the projects, they have advised the artists and lent their expertise