Grishma Rao
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Grishma Rao

Music historian.


Portrait of Urban Loneliness

It’s always a whirlwind in the world of online dating. There’s a murky excitement to digitally stepping into a room full of strangers, the rush of possibility that resided in the chatrooms of the early 1990s, the insurance of limitless anonymity.

Mumbai Boss / May 2014 / [Pdf , 535 KB]

Review: Sulk Station - Till You Appear

Coming from a city where the weather outside is always perfect, erring perpetually on the side of a slight chill, a city that falls asleep very early, this music is staying up late all alone amidst everything that's quiet.

The Knife / March 2012 / [Pdf , 366 KB]

Celine Bappa Morya

Scenes from the lives of Ganpati Visarjan musicians

Bhenchod Madarchod / October 2013 / [Pdf , 46 KB]

Review: Sky Rabbit

Because I love records that take me back to high school corridors in an imaginary overdramatic world where you can turn your head and look at ex-lovers in slow motion.

The Knife / February 2012 / [Pdf , 269 KB]

Radiohead: The King of Limbs

In retrospect, you can almost see them shuffling toward a post-apocalyptic future – preparing to be the last band on earth, with a sound growing increasingly machinic yet not lacking in warmth.

NH7 / February 2011

Pop Goes The Private Universe

On Adam and the Fish Eyed Poets, as a concept bottled, untouchable and aging beautifully over time.

The Knife / December 2011 / [Pdf , 360 KB]

Reflections: Indian Indie

Non-Bollywood has finally come into its own. A brief history of the Indian independent music scene. (with Arjun S Ravi)

Himal Southasian / April 2011

Interview: Good Shoes

Scenes from a college festival, and an indie rock band from London journeying through Pilani, Rajasthan.

NH7 / December 2011

//orangenoise

A brief glimpse at the Pakistani shoegaze scene, its nascent state in 2011.

NH7 / February 2011

Best Indian Music of 2011

An exhaustive summary of Indian indie music in 2011, in a concise 2011 words.

The Knife / January 2012 / [Pdf , 426 KB]

Interview: Lounge Piranha

An abrupt/endearing backstage interview with Abhijeet Tambe of Lounge Piranha, backstage at the Weekender.

NH7 / December 2010

Interview: Junip

An interview with José Gonzalez's three-piece band Junip. (aka how I discovered Tame Impala)

NH7 / September 2010

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