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Chairlift

Chairlift

There’s commotion on the other end of the line. Voices pass the phone around until I land in the hands of Aaron Pfenning, Chairlift’s guitarist and co-writer. He’s relaxing on a Thursday in L.A. taking advantage of a few spare moments in his band’s hectic schedule. Since releasing their debut, Does You Inspire You, on […]

Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s

Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s

With a sound as eclectic as their name, Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s are forging new ground in the crowded realm of indie music. The eight-piece from Indianapolis – piloted by Richard Edwards (lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter) – are masters of creating dreamy and poetic tunes that are both endearing and […]

Can Criticism Stand Scrutiny?

Can Criticism Stand Scrutiny?

About a year ago, a co-worker of mine at a job I no longer possess said to me that all critics were bastards who contributed nothing and dared to task people who really did something artistically with their lives. Then, after a moment of silence, he realized I was a critic and, with a pronounced […]

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

It took some time for the awards and album sales to catch up with Lucinda Williams. But she could care less, as she’s been along for the ride since the very beginning. The celebrated songwriter boasts three Grammy wins and eight more noms in her decades-old career and the critical acclaim for albums like 1998’s […]

Tanya Morgan

Tanya Morgan

Tanya Morgan is not a WNBA player or a soul singer. She’s not an actress either because this is not even a she, but a them, instead. Simply put, Tanya Morgan is an exciting new rap trio. MC Von Pea and MC Donwil now call Brooklyn home, whereas Ilyas resides in Cincinnati. Together, these talented […]

Umphrey’s McGee

Umphrey’s McGee

The heart and soul of Umphrey’s McGee is the band’s knack for improvisation during their monstrous live shows which are filled with generous portions of on-the-spot jams. The band’s intricate instrumentals reflect an inspiring level of musicianship. Their music drifts stylistically from jazz to prog rock to folk and everything in between, making their musical […]

Del The Funky Homosapien

Del The Funky Homosapien

It’s been nearly two decades in the game for Del The Funky Homosapien and a lot has changed. Early on, his relationship with Ice Cube (cousin) helped open doors and even ignited a “bidding war” for his services before he’d even done a thing. Yet after time and experience, Del’s doing just fine on his […]

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 […]