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The Dodos

The Dodos

There’s no separating the last two records from The Dodos, Carrier and Individ. Though Individ is the band’s sixth and latest album, they were recorded very close together and in the same season in which everyone was grieving the loss of touring member Christopher Reimer (Women), who died unexpectedly in 2012. Through it all, Meric Long says […]

Cold Specks

Cold Specks

“My life tends to crumble halfway through a tour,” Al Spx says during our pre-interview pleasantries. The artist known as Cold Specks in the studio and on the stage is taking a respite from such activities early in 2015 after dropping her celebrated Neuroplasticity last August, but in April she’ll step out with Sufjan Stevens to […]

Murder By Death

Murder By Death

If you’ve given Big Dark Love a few spins, you’re already clued into just how good Murder By Death sounds these days. So when Adam Turla tells me he feels more confident than ever in the music the band is making, I’m not in the least bit surprised. If you’re new to Murder By Death, you’re […]

Chadwick Stokes

Chadwick Stokes

Chadwick Stokes is not a household name. Not yet anyway. However, his first project with a little group called Dispatch left an indelible fingerprint on youth culture that bookending the millennium. Original fans are a bit older now, and some even sheepishly admit to an unfounded fondness for the band during their youth. The hesitance […]

Viet Cong

Viet Cong

Nanaimo, British Columbia, is a relatively small town located a ferry ride across the Strait of Georgia from metropolitan Vancouver. The allure might be limited for some, but it didn’t take much for Matt Flegel. Any way to escape another winter in the Canadian prairie was enough for the Viet Cong vocalist. “My girlfriend got […]

Locksley

Locksley

You can’t tell from the outside looking in, but Locksley shouldn’t exist anymore. Externally, they’ve remained successful since they shot out of the gate 10 years ago. They’ve played late night TV, had songs licensed in every possible outlet — from TV and movies to commercials and sporting events — and toured with Rooney, The Hives, Butch […]

Hungry Cloud Darkening

Hungry Cloud Darkening

At present, the population of Anacortes, Washington, is roughly 16,000 people. Long the home of Phil Elverum, he who is Mount Eerie and was the Microphones, the small island town has for the past six years or so also harbored the members of Hungry Cloud Darkening. By rough estimate, that gives Anacortes one of the […]

Colony House

Colony House

If you approach Colony House true to its name, then an important talking point would be the impressive foundation laid last year. The pop/rock trio is currently preparing to kick off a tour with Kongos and Sir Sly through the first quarter of the year before a spring stint with Needtobreathe, a sweet extension of the momentum the […]

David Bazan

David Bazan

Don’t mistake David Bazan’s message as one of indifference. It’s just that the songwriter has actually learned something about proper creative boundaries, and his longevity and audience speak for itself. Whether you hopped on board during his days as Pedro the Lion, found a side project like Headphones or Overseas, or fell in love with his solo […]

Milán

Milán

Just as her debut EP went through several variations before it was finally released, so Maria Neckam journeyed through several stages — and countries — to finally settle into her own artistic skin. The lovely performer known as Milán was born in Vienna, studied in Amsterdam, and currently resides in Brooklyn, because it’s a “dynamic” home for artists. […]