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Anberlin

Anberlin

Few of us ever really consider the ending of a life cycle. It’s the beginning that takes all of the planning. According to Nate Young, Anberlin decided pretty early on that, when the timing was right, they wanted to be a band that knew when to quit. This is that time. lowborn is the band’s […]

Austra

Austra

Acclaim came early for Austra. The Canadian synth-pop band burst on the scene in 2011 with a debut, Feel It Break, that landed on several year-end lists and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. The follow-up, Olympia, made the long list and Katie Stelmanis and company will find out in July if they are finalists once […]

Joan as Police Woman

Joan as Police Woman

This year alone, Joan Wasser will play her songs on four different continents. It’s proof positive that the music she makes as Joan as Police Woman connects on such a strong level. From multiple runs through Australia and Europe or a new trip to Asia, the resonant joy on her new album, The Classic, has […]

Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts

When a band reaches their sixth long player, they’re usually far beyond the self-titled days. That’s a label applied on most debut albums, if ever given, but Pat Kearns says this new set of songs was the perfect time to name it after his band, Blue Skies for Black Hearts. After years as a producer […]

Pelican

Pelican

When I set up our interview with Pelican, it never occurred to me that Publicity Trevor was the same person as Pelican Trevor. After a decade of interviewing artists, it was the first such instance, so I’d no reason to make the connection. Still it was a bit of an embarrassing introduction when the realization […]

Robert Francis

Robert Francis

Ever since his debut release, One on One, as a 19-year-old songwriter, Robert Francis has grabbed our attention. He kept us rapt for the next two albums, Before Nightfall and Strangers in the First Place, his lyrics rooted in the authentic pursuits of the heart and wrapped in adventurous textures from one release to the […]

Papertwin

Papertwin

Papertwin’s synthesized work stands apart from other contemporaries lumped into the synth pop genre. It lacks the vision of M83, the experimentation of The Naked and Famous. Instead, the Brooklyn trio’s latest EP, Vox Humana, is marked by a restrained beauty. The layers are inviting, the decisions made are exquisite. If anything, Papertwin is a finer […]

Low Weather

Low Weather

It only took a quick listen for us to be drawn to the new album from Low Weather. That’s just how Michael Trieb likes it. If you’re meant to hear it, then you’ll hear it. He has no concerns for any audience other than that. While the industry has a significant layer of noise that most artists […]

Weaver at the Loom

Weaver at the Loom

A few years have passed since Weaver at the Loom‘s last gasp of ethereal beauty, but Daniel Smith isn’t exactly in a hurry to follow up. The considerate pace that leads to enchanting albums like Before Now, Was Then is also the biggest hurdle to more music. Smith will obey his muse alone, and could […]

The Falling Birds

The Falling Birds

If Stephen Artemis had stuck with the saxophone, then it’s likely our conversation would have never taken place. The founder of The Falling Birds had to let his parents down and consequently save up for his own instrument of choice since they’d already went all in on a brass instrument. Little did anyone know that […]