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Israel Nash

Israel Nash

Israel Nash‘s latest record was proudly born in Dripping Springs, Texas, so you might be a bit surprised to hear the swell of adoration from across Europe. However, great music is great music no matter where you live, and Israel’s new record, Rain Plans, is likely going to make several year-end lists when all is […]

Trampled By Turtles

Trampled By Turtles

Trampled by Turtles will play The Late Show with David Letterman on the night that their new album, Wild Animals, releases. From there, they’ll play a sold out night at Red Rocks, headline in Europe, and undoubtedly play every festival from here to there. But it wasn’t always this way. Over the years, Ryan Young says […]

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler

There is a mystery to Marissa Nadler, a cloud that covers just enough of the songwriter and refuses to give it all away. The songs on her latest album, July, are “autobiographical” but never straightforward. The songs haunt, lingering longer than you might believe. Her approach is the same, marked by a strong work ethic […]

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 […]