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Chad VanGaalen

Chad VanGaalen

Chad VanGaalen is ready to go outside. After sitting for long spells working on his craft — either audio or video — he’s ready for a shift. Fair enough. He can’t stand the sedentary nature of his work, but that’s the nature of the work these days — whether as animation expert for music videos […]

Dawn Landes

Dawn Landes

It’s common for an artist to get away to write some new songs here and there, but Dawn Landes has a different system at work. Approximately twice per year, the songwriter takes monastic retreats to silence the noise and find some perspective and creative space for the next step(s) ahead of her. It’s worked this well […]

Young Widows

Young Widows

It’s easy to engage Evan Patterson. Whether in person as we discuss everything from death to career longevity to sincerity in art or the music he makes with Young Widows (or his many other outlets), Patterson’s world is a substantive one. He’s thoughtful, intentional, and confident enough to follow his muse no matter the industry […]

Watter

Watter

Spanning two generations of experimental rock, the combined resumes of the members of Watter — specifically the fact that two of them hail from Slint and Grails — could indicate an approach to songwriting that one might refer to as “patiently unfolding.” Such a presumption would not be misguided. It’s difficult to think of another […]

Bobby Bare Jr.

Bobby Bare Jr.

Bobby Bare Jr. has no choice. He’s a musician, a man who will write, record, and tour whether it’s profitable or not. Whether it’s the family ties or the inability to make money any other way, Bobby tells me in our initial conversation that he’s committed to this lifestyle and vocation, regardless of results. As he […]

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s

The songs will come. Sometimes they just need a bit of encouragement. Richard Edwards, the centerpiece for Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, says a pep rally is typically not needed for the songwriter to finish his work, but Slingshot to Heaven, the band’s latest, required a push from someone with fresh ears. If […]

Merriment

Merriment

Christie Dupree knew the road before she knew her own songs. With her older siblings comprising the band Eisley, Christie would travel along, run merch and generally hang around the world which would eventually become her own. Now as a songwriter and one-half of the band Merriment, Christie and her younger brother Collin are staking […]

Swans

Swans

It should surprise no one familiar with his music that Swans’ frontman Michael Gira is a frank interview subject with a disarming juvenile streak. Near the end of our recent conversation, I tell him that someone I know mentioned having some vision problems that he attributed to having been to a phenomenally loud Swans show […]

American Fiction

American Fiction

It isn’t often that an unsolicited email with a single demo garners the attention of a producer, let alone the Eddie Kramer (The Beatles, Bowie, Zeppelin…the list goes on). But that’s exactly what happened with Memphis-based American Fiction. With a stroke of dumb luck—coincidentally, the name of that single—the band snagged Kramer’s attention and has […]

The Vespers

The Vespers

Let’s not talk anymore about the gimmicks. For years, the discussion around The Vespers was as much about the band’s make-up as it was their music. Not that their folk-pop style wasn’t worthy of your attention, but it’s not often that a band is comprised of two sibling pairs. That said, there’s only so many […]