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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 […]

Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne deserves more credit than she gets. While we’re all familiar with her smash hit, “One of Us,” you might not realize just how unique and extensive her résumé really is — from touring stints with Motown’s famed sidemen, the Funk Brothers, as well as beloved jam rockers The Dead. She’s just as comfortable […]

The Damn Choir

The Damn Choir

The Damn Choir needs your attention, please; they have something to say. A Midwestern band out of Chicago, Gordon Robertson’s The Damn Choir is a study in catharsis and honesty. A six-piece centered on the Gordon’s songwriting and his hefty vocals, backed with plenty of guitars and accented by cello, The Damn Choir can make […]

Augustana

Augustana

Dan Layus is in a good place. You can hear it from the first lines of “Ash and Ember” and in the story around Augustana‘s new album, Life Imitating Life. While the last few years have brought myriad changes, personal and professional, the end result is a rebirth on both fronts. Hence, Layus’ phoenix comparison […]

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 […]