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The Damnwells

The Damnwells

Longtime fans of The Damnwells likely assumed these days would never come — a time when the band would return to its original line-up and move beyond the frustrations and wounds that had been inflicted over the years. The pop/rock band had flirted with fame for years on the strength of their instantly memorable melodies, […]

Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson’s name is at the top of the marquee these days. The stages are bigger, the crowds more responsive, the draw larger than ever. None of it matters. He remains crystal clear about his place within the creative hierarchy: the music is always the most important. Love Songs for Robots is Watson’s newest offering, a […]

Filligar

Filligar

Filligar is now safely in veteran territory. The “promising” label has been applied to the alt-rock band for long enough, and the band’s latest, Keepsakes of the Interior, is just another in a growing line of impressive releases. Keepsakes is, however, a different album. The moody melodic rock of songs like “Truth & Anger” are the sweet results of […]

Kopecky

Kopecky

The name change wasn’t anything dramatic, but Kelsey Kopecky said the band that bears her namesake was still a bit nervous to make the switch. After all, a few years of releases and touring had built a certain predictable measure of credibility and good will — even if it was under an often confusing banner. […]

William Elliot Whitmore

William Elliot Whitmore

William Elliot Whitmore is busy working in his garden. It’s a literal grounding of an artist who said it was exactly what he needed to conquer the bad habits that develop so easily on the road. It’s a homestead, a place to reflect and recollect, and it’s been a creative haven for the meaningful songwriter to […]

Christian Lopez Band

Christian Lopez Band

The story on Christian Lopez won’t change anytime soon. At least until he’s a bit older. The 19-year-old songwriter sings with an older musical soul, one that fits in well with his producer Dave Cobb. Cobb, who recorded both Lopez’s debut EP and his brand new LP, Onward, is a hot hand these days given his work with […]

William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons is thinking a lot about death these days. He’s also surrounded by the vibrancy of young life. As a father of young children, the singer-songwriter deals with the day-to-day joys and frustrations of parenthood even as he ponders deeper subjects in small intervals — when kids are napping or playing on their own. It’s […]

Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato was ready to lay it all down. After a long career that dates around 20 years, the Seattle native was ready to live a “normal” life that kept him off the road and away from the writing studio — a room where the songs weren’t coming for the first time. According to Votolato, his […]

The Weepies

The Weepies

Steve Tannen isn’t sure what to expect. Despite The Weepies‘ extensive touring experience and passionate fan base, the last year has been one to both forget and remember for the married duo. After Steve’s wife and musical partner Deb Talan was diagnosed with breast cancer, The Weepies found new meaning and purpose in their writing and […]

Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan isn’t one to look back. While his thoughtful songs are filled with reflection and resonance, the songwriter says there’s nothing to be gained from such deliberation when he is the subject. We politely disagree. After all, the singer-songwriter has now put together a very impressive body of work that spans nearly 20 years. Ever since the […]