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Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche

If you’re reading this, you likely fell in love with Sondre Lerche’s albums somewhere along the way — whether it was his 2001 debut Faces Down with orchestral constructs that drew Gainsbourg comparisons or celebrated albums like Two Way Monologue (2004) or Heartbeat Radio (2009). They’re icebergian releases, with much depth below the surface even as his genuine, vulnerable approach draws you in with beauty […]

The Dutchess & the Duke

The Dutchess & the Duke

The Dutchess & The Duke If The Dutchess & The Duke seemed to just disappear, it’s because they did. Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison took a break from touring and making music about five years ago after the dysfunction of it all got to be too much. For Jesse, alcohol became the “barrier” he would […]

SACCO

SACCO

Andy Breihan says everything is a-okay between former band mates. It’s just that he and John Fredericks knew it was time to leave the band Guards to make their own music. SACCO was born while on tour with Guards, but it wasn’t until a five-month tour was wrapped that the pair felt they could head […]

My Plastic Sun

My Plastic Sun

With no label, no management, and a location far removed from the big city music scene of NYC, upstate rockers My Plastic Sun seem to be making a name for themselves the old fashioned way: by working their tails off. What’s more the effort seems to be paying off. Despite the self release of two […]

Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit

Many songwriters are in a never-ending chase for their first album. The beauty of an artist’s initial release is often found in the innocence of low expectations and a lack of pressure. From there, audience expectations, market realities and time constraints can often force a band to put out subpar material that fails to measure […]

Jack + Eliza

Jack + Eliza

Jack + Eliza Breezing in for summer’s twilight, No Wonders, the debut EP from Jack + Eliza (out in late September), is the sound of your last trip to the beach winding down. Through its 17 minutes, you can all but actually see the sun receding between the loosely woven threads of vocals and two […]

The Church of Philadelphia

The Church of Philadelphia

We could place terms on it, but it still wouldn’t be what you think. The music of The Church of Philadelphia is layered, cinematic, spiritual and resplendent. It’s self-described as “experimental gospel”. More than anything, it deserves a proper listen. The band’s new album, We’re Gonna Dance Tonight, is undoubtedly music from a spiritual perspective, […]

Emerson Hart

Emerson Hart

It’d be easy to say that some artists just have a penchant for melodies. Emerson Hart would call that dismissive. The singer-songwriter and Tonic front man is regularly inspired, but it also comes with a strong dedication and work ethic. Songwriting is a craft and requires discipline just like anything else. It’s an approach that […]

Say Hi

Say Hi

When I first encountered the music of Eric Elbogen, the force behind Say Hi, he was busy layering one of the most striking synth tracks I’d heard in some time, “Northwestern Girls” on the incredible The Wishes & The Glitch. From there, he progressed to more of a guitar-driven sound on ensuing releases before returning once […]

Hawks Do Not Share

Hawks Do Not Share

Most artists search for and savor the moments when the music moves organically into something suprrising. Jeremy Wilkins and George Lewis III found an entire new outlet that way. The pair had worked together before starting Hawks Do Not Share, but when the current collaboration suddenly blossomed into new territory for both, it was impossible not to […]