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Stephen Kellogg

Stephen Kellogg

The scope will fool you. Stephen Kellogg‘s newest project, South, West, North, East, isn’t as ambitious as it sounds, a four-part, 20-song project featuring four genres, recorded in four different places with four different producers. Okay, maybe it is. It’s just that, instead of a grandiose idea with epic themes, SWNE is really about a veteran artist […]

Julien Baker

Julien Baker

It’s amazing what a year can bring. Twelve months ago, Julien Baker was cold calling venues trying to line up a run of shows. Hell, any show would do. These days, she’s headlining her own tour around support slots for El Vy and Torres. She was just named to Best of 2015 lists at Stereogum, Paste, A.V. […]

French Horn Rebellion

French Horn Rebellion

It’s all in the name. French Horn Rebellion is what it says, an act of musical defiance against what Robert Perlick-Molinari was supposed to do as a young horn player making his way into the business in Chicago. Take freelance gigs. Play with this orchestra and that opera. Stick to the literal script—or score, in this case—and […]

Brooke Waggoner

Brooke Waggoner

Brooke Waggoner has accepted her limitations. Whether the self-imposed creative limitations in the studio on her new album, Sweven, or the obvious time constraints that come with being a new mother, Brooke’s noticed a sharper focus and creative burst even with harsher boundaries in place. For her fifth studio release, Brooke shifted gears from a planned album […]

Svrcina

Svrcina

We’re sure Molly Svrcina, a.k.a. as only Svrcina, is sick of the age angle. Maybe not. It’s hard to start anywhere else when an artist gets such an early start in the music business. In this instance, a publishing deal at the age of 13. Svrcina’s family did what a family does with such a rare […]

Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear

FYI: topping the charts is harder the second time around. Boy & Bear hit No. 2 in their native Australia with their 2011 debut, Moonfire. The band followed suit with the chart-topping Harlequin Dream in 2013, a sign that the band’s momentum was going to help them overcome the dreaded sophomore slump. Yet Killian Gavin […]

Gang of Youths

Gang of Youths

There’s no bullshitting with Gang of Youths David Le’aupepe. That’s just my style. Cut to the quick. Start with the substance. Then let’s go from there. So let’s do just that: Gang of Youths is an Aussie band armed with appreciably muscular melodies (e.g. Kings of Leon) and an equally appreciable authenticity. The band was raised in […]

Wolf Eyes

Wolf Eyes

I could never come up with a better description for Wolf Eyes than John Olson’s own “100 percent guillotine dynamite.” To be honest, I’m not sure what that even means, but that sort of fuzzy intensity fits Wolf Eyes’ musical approach like a glove. A black, bloody, spiked glove. See, I’m not good at this. Olson […]

Conner Youngblood

Conner Youngblood

Conner Youngblood is going places, even if the ones he sings about aren’t necessarily representative of his own travels. Drawing comparisons to artists like Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, among others, Youngblood is making good on his new EP title, The Generation of Lift, an apt title given his trajectory. Youngblood has a steady head […]

Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass wasn’t sure how you’d respond to her new record. Jenny Lewis did. It’s impossible to say whether Jenny knew just how big of a year Natalie would have — that she would be named on most year-end lists, that she’d be exhausted by year’s end because of a relentless tour schedule both domestic and international. That said, […]