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Ravenna Woods

Ravenna Woods

While it’s not uncommon to find inspiration away from the familiar and routine, Chris Cunningham got further away than most. The man behind Ravenna Woods decided some time spent in the middle of the north Pacific was the ideal setting to shift from his heavier rock leanings toward an acoustic side. The end result is […]

Tennis System

Tennis System

There’s a difference between a single and a good song. If they overlap, that’s great, but Matthew Taylor says there’s a major difference between focusing on one or the other, and the music of Tennis System is better for Taylor’s focus on crafting a meaningful song for the sake of the art rather than the […]

Justin Trosper

Justin Trosper

“I put my foot forward into the world, and it just kind of happened.” Hearing him explain it, Justin Trosper’s return to music has been a natural course of events, not a premeditated bilateral effort. In the wake of his band, Unwound, standing down in 2002, singer/guitarist Trosper went through a period of burnout where […]

Fruit Bats

Fruit Bats

Thirteen years after it began, Fruit Bats has been laid to rest. Eric Johnson, however, has begun to move on. As for what’s next, Johnson is not quite sure, but it takes an adjustment period to move on after pouring so much into a single outlet. As Johnson says, “There was never just that giant […]

Cage the Elephant

Cage the Elephant

Matthew Shultz said the words cut at first. Truth has a way of doing that. At the advice of a friend, the Cage the Elephant front man simply stopped trying so hard — to project the image, to force the words — and the end result is the Shultz’s best work to date, the band’s […]

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson may be a name you first come across in the production credits of a favorite album. For instance, he notably produced Dawes’ debut album, North Hills. Other significant production credits include Father John Misty’s Fear Fun, Mia Doi Todd’s Cosmic Ocean Ship and folk legend (and friend) Roy Harper’s Man and Myth. He’s […]

Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine

For now they don’t mind the youthful and/or familial focus. In time, the story will fade. That’s because the beautiful melodies of Lily & Madeleine shift the focus away from any gimmick or talking point. So even if you’re introduced to them as teenaged sisters who make music in the heartland, the reality is that […]

First Rate People

First Rate People

Allow us to don our We ♥ Canada shirts for a second or two. From the well-known acts of the Great White North like Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire to new artists yet to break through, we often find a disproportional share of our favorite bands on Canadian soil. The latest? A new collective […]

Anna Gilbert

Anna Gilbert

Portland, Oregon has been a city on the rise in the nation’s conscious in the last few years because of shows like Portlandia, its hipster culture and, of course, it’s fascinating and eclectic music scene. But travel a couple hours south to Eugene, home of the University of Oregon, and you will find another burgeoning […]

Ane Brun

Ane Brun

To stop and smell the roses is usually a death knell for an artist or a band. By the time a Greatest Hits collection arrives for fans, it’s the sign that the artist has decided to hang it up and a label is trying to make the last bits of money from diehard fans. Yet […]