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MuteMath

MuteMath

One of the stories floated around the making of Vitals is the same you’ll hear around any of MuteMath‘s releases. It’s the story of the toil, the hard work, the wrestling in the studio to write the songs and flesh them out, to get them to where Paul Meany, Darren King, Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas and Todd Gummerman want them to be. […]

Pure Bathing Culture

Pure Bathing Culture

There are two proper responses to Pure Bathing Culture‘s latest album, Pray for Rain: surprised and satisfied. As the duo hit the road with new songs, Daniel Hindman says the feedback they’ve received from fans is the same they felt in the studio with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse), both surprised and satisfied at the […]

Will Johnson

Will Johnson

The World Series is over and the match up that Will Johnson was hoping for didn’t come to fruition. A longtime baseball fan, much like myself, Johnson is that rare artist that encompasses all things American. He’s a Midwestern kid and a Texas native and for fifteen years he’s been one key member of the Denton, […]

The Most Serene Republic

The Most Serene Republic

Early in the afternoon on Halloween, Nick Greaves, guitarist for The Most Serene Republic, is getting his costume ready. On that night, he’ll be dressing up as an unexpected villain from this year’s World Series: Caleb Humphreys. “How well do you know Toronto Blue Jays baseball? I’m [going as] the guy who, in the sixth game, […]

Boy

Boy

“Everywhere we’ve been, we have been leaving traces… We were here, we were here, we were really here.” The stellar lead track on Boy‘s newest release, We Were Here, speaks well of the band’s ability to craft music that lingers long after it’s stopped playing, earworms that remains for the rest of the day. It […]

Maserati

Maserati

When it came time to design the cover for Maserati’s latest album, Rehumanizer, guitarist Matt Cherry wondered if an artist he had recently re-discovered, via a science fiction art themed Instagram account, was still around. Sure enough: not only was he reachable, he had a web page with some 5,000 paintings, which Cherry spent some […]

Lovedrug

Lovedrug

As the confusion lifted, the music returned to Michael Shepard. Lovedrug fans have waited quite some time for a brand new album, but Shepard says he wasn’t even quite sure what to do ldth the music inside of him. Lovedrug needed a break, but he needed to pay the bills. Without a defined musical outlet, the front […]

Small Black

Small Black

The response doesn’t matter to Josh Kolenik. The same goes for the rest of Small Black. They’ve experienced both blessing and backlash from the music press, so at this veteran stage of the game, they’ve learned the craft itself is the gift. Make music. Connect with fans. The rest is inconsequential. Don’t be surprised, however, if the press […]

Young Galaxy

Young Galaxy

A lot has changed in the last 10 years for Catherine McCandless and Stephen Ramsay. Whether referring to their complete shift in sound to their creative process to their growing family, each Young Galaxy album chronicles another season of change, another attempt to both meaningfully communicate their perspectives and explore their interests. Young Galaxy’s latest, Falsework, […]

The Oh Hellos

The Oh Hellos

There are two primary entrances into the music of The Oh Hellos. Substantive albums like the newly released Dear Wormwood resonate for their ability to wrestle with themes larger and deeper than most. Their live show, on the other hand, features a vibrant, overly crowded stage vibrant that feels like most enjoyable family reunion ever. They’re considerate […]