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Jeremy Enigk

Jeremy Enigk

Jeremy Enigk breathes deeply nowadays, a complete change from what he describes as the pressure-filled seasons of creating both Fire Theft and World Waits. That’s because on his latest, OK Bear, the former Sunny Day Real Estate vocalist lets loose on his new album, keeping the first vocal takes and allowing the songs to write […]

Kevin Devine

Kevin Devine

Kevin Devine’s blessing is also the curse. Brother’s Blood, the newest release from the Brooklyn songwriter, met with the most attention he’s ever received here at home. A Lollapalooza stint, strong reviews, multiple touring options and his best sales yet display Devine’s growing traction and audience on his home turf. Abroad, the results only get […]

As Tall As Lions

As Tall As Lions

Who needs a PR agency? Not As Tall As Lions, apparently. When the band self-released their debut EP Blood and Aphorisms in 2002, frontman Dan Nigro promoted it by sending copies to radio stations and websites. The resulting buzz led to a deal with Island Records and Triple Crown Records, through which the Long Island […]

Zero 7

Zero 7

Some records tell stories, paint pictures, develop characters, have a plot. Other records have stories behind them, the tales of their creation. Speaking with Sam Hardaker, one half of Zero 7, it becomes clear that his band’s latest, Yeah Ghost, is definitely one of the latter. Working for the first time without longtime collaborator Sia, […]

The Damnwells

The Damnwells

Alex Dezen stands a perfect example of the artist influenced by his surroundings. At this point, he’s out of L.A., out of the music industry (as most understand it) and centered in Iowa both teaching and studying for his grad work. And it’s here away from the shadow of expectations that he finally felt free […]

Elizabeth & The Catapult

Elizabeth & The Catapult

My first encounter with Brooklyn-based, jazz-tinged pop band Elizabeth & The Catapult came via Pedro the Lion-referencing blog It’s Hard to Find A Friend. Each December, blogger Caleb Palma organizes a select coalition of willing and uber-talented indie bands to benefit notable charity organizations by compiling a holiday album. When listening to E&TC’s playful and […]

The Pains of Being Pure of Opinion

The Pains of Being Pure of Opinion

The question addressed in this portion of our Role of the Critic series is as follows: “Can one address objectively a subjective creative product,” more specifically a musical piece, album, song, or what have you? More generally (but still relevantly) can one objectively assess any piece of art, that is, something that is formulated as […]

Internal Debate: The Dead Weather

Internal Debate: The Dead Weather

The reviews are in for the latest from The Dead Weather and, for the most part, the feedback sounds great. Our Staff Writers recently zeroed in on the latest from Jack White & Co. entitled Horehound and this debut project passes beautifully according to most (save for one). Check out the latest Internal Debate feature […]

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks

It’s a long way to Glasgow, Scotland from my cozy little spot on the East Coast, so it’s not surprising when the great hills of the United Kingdom interfere with cell phone signals. But Adam Thompson, singer and guitarist for We Were Promised Jetpacks, is unflappable about being disconnected in conversation on three separate occasions. […]

Our Lady Peace

Our Lady Peace

Our Lady Peace has had a career spanning more than 15 years, and has become one of the most enduring rock bands in Canada. But an overemphasis on outside production nearly broke up the band four years ago, so its members took a much-needed break after the completion of 2005’s Healthy in Paranoid Times to […]