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Better Than Ezra

Better Than Ezra

Those in the know will be nodding their head at today’s interview selection, while others might be wondering what’s going on. After all, the radio hits within Better Than Ezra’s career occurred in the rearview mirror, a band that made “Good” on their sing-along melodies, musical stories and alt-rock prowess. But for those who’ve been […]

Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups

It was the blank slate that both excited and terrified Brian Aubert. Of course, one quick listen to Silversun Pickups latest, Swoon, reveals there was nothing to worry about. Still it’s interesting to talk to the front man of the Los Angeles rock band about the beauty and nerves of such a creative tension. Recently, […]

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot

Bringing their music to tiny towns along the West Coast by traveling on two bicycles is what made Blind Pilot’s humble beginnings the unlikely seed that would bloom into something much bigger. Israel Nebeker, singer and guitarist, and Ryan Dobrowski, drummer and percussionist, are the duo that pedaled for miles and miles on their first […]

Matisyahu

Matisyahu

It’s good for all parties involved that Matisyahu is a spiritual man. The typical label woes and business delays of an album release normally create a divide between artist and business, leading to fallout, public quotes they later regret and general disdain. For Matisyahu, there’s a purpose in everything and an inherent goodness to be […]

Spain Colored Orange

Spain Colored Orange

Sometimes you wonder if the Max Weinberg 7 got high while listening to beach pop. Other times, the mood runs slightly darker and you find the members of Spain Colored Orange running alongside current indie pop contemporaries. No matter the song, the colors run rampant and the rainbow orchestration and horns of Gilbert Alfaro and […]

Internal Debate: Sonic Youth, The Eternal

Internal Debate: Sonic Youth, The Eternal

Thirty years in apparently hasn’t changed a thing. As we asked several of our Staff Writers to weigh in on the latest from Sonic Youth, the opinions largely express a thrill at legends still remaining legends. Then again, at least there is some dissension in the ranks. In our latest Internal Debate, The Eternal receives […]

Maps & Atlases

Maps & Atlases

Trying to specify the next direction for Maps & Atlases proves to be a difficult task. The quartet of Erin Elders (guitar), Dave Davison (guitar/vocals), Shiraz Dada (bass) and Chris Hainey (drums) hails from Chicago where they met at art school in 2004. Two years later, they made their first splash into the music world […]

Mr. Lif

Mr. Lif

The Def Jux family is both formidable and impressive, riding on the backs of true hip-hop artists like Mr. Lif. For the uninitiated, Mr. Lif is one part of The Perceptionists, along with Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One, and just might be the powerhouse of an underrated Boston hip-hop scene. His poetic delivery and precise […]

Piers Faccini

Piers Faccini

As his wanderlust-inspired lyrics suggest, Piers Faccini is the archetypal musical nomad. His Italian heritage, time spent living in London and Paris and travels across the globe give his songs an unmatched musical breadth. For his latest release, the folk-tinged Two Grains of Sand, Faccini shut himself away in a cabin near the home he […]

Ancient Astronauts

Ancient Astronauts

With a release that’s one of my favorite hip-hop products so far this year, the Ancient Astronauts are an act on the rise. The German hip-hop duo collaborated with some heavy hitters on We Are To Answer, including a couple members of The Pharcyde, Raashan Ahmad and Entropik among others, to create a moving, organic, […]