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Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional

Chris Carrabba never expected to become, well, anything he’s experienced over the last decade in the music industry. From a position as Rolling Stone‘s poster boy to the Platinum status for 2006’s Dusk and Summer, Dashboard Confessional’s founder has been referred to as the “Godfather of Emo” – an unlikely hero for an entire movement […]

Castanets

Castanets

In a time where buzz bands come and go like indie hotcakes, it’s been a pretty long ride for Ray Raposa’s Castanets. While forging a name and identity throughout the early decade’s indie folk/blues movement, Castanets always played things a little darker — a little more boozed-up than its peers. Picked up by creatively-minded cats […]

Adam Freeland

Adam Freeland

Speaking on Adam Freeland’s behalf, please don’t pigeonhole the popular UK-based producer and DJ. Of course, it’s easy to do since he’s made quite a name for himself on the dance floors of Europe and U.S. For the better part of two decades, Freeland’s potent dance cocktails have taken him all over the globe and […]

Chll Pll

Chll Pll

Zach Hill probably won’t read this interview. For a musician who has almost as many guest spots and side projects as Lil’ Wayne, he remains refreshingly disconnected from public opinion. On his latest project, Chll Pll, Hill partners with Zac Nelson of Hexlove to create a genre-bending sound that reaches far beyond their musical comfort […]

The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage is by no means the news story headline for a Canadian hockey match – even though that’s what it may read like. Instead, it’s the name of a band that first gained widespread notice with a featured selection from eMusic. Such good fortune led to a noteworthy appearance at SXSW, which […]

Lucero

Lucero

Formed close after the death of alt.country giants like Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown, Memphis’ Lucero first gained notice with their 2001 self-titled album, a collection of country-tinged odes to complicated love that often bordered on “sadcore” and “slowcore” with its lethargic tempos, southern gothic guitar licks, and tortured romanticism. Several years and a few noteworthy […]

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead

I was in high school when Trail of Dead’s Source Tags and Codes — an album that demands a spot on any end-of-decade list — came out. Bombastic, rude and ugly at moments while serene and enchanting at others, this record was nothing short of the jam. Needless to say, I blasted it to nearly […]

Port O’Brien

Port O’Brien

A lot of things come off Alaskan fishing boats when they dock after long hauls at sea — grumpy men, pervasive aromas and, of course, loads of fresh catch. What doesn’t always step off the decks and onto the docks is mesmerizing folk-pop music, though that’s exactly what happened each time Van Pierszalowski, who along […]

Neon Indian

Neon Indian

Alan Palomo is a busy guy. The 21-year-old certainly has his hands full as the mastermind behind two electronic acts generating quite a bit of blogosphere buzz: VEGA and Neon Indian. Balancing festival dates for VEGA with the first ever Neon Indian tour, it’s no surprise that he’s a little bit hard to get a […]

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale

The First Days of Spring reads like an overly optimistic title for a breakup album, but this second Noah and the Whale release documents lead singer Charlie Fink’s recent separation from former member, Laura Marling. Yet to some degree, these songs hint at the warming of emotions arriving after the bitter cold – much the […]