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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 […]

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 […]