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The Vespers

The Vespers

Let’s not talk anymore about the gimmicks. For years, the discussion around The Vespers was as much about the band’s make-up as it was their music. Not that their folk-pop style wasn’t worthy of your attention, but it’s not often that a band is comprised of two sibling pairs. That said, there’s only so many […]

Needtobreathe

Needtobreathe

The growth curve of Needtobreathe‘s fan base is a fairly steep climb from one album to the next. Since they broke through in 2006 with Daylight, the band’s ability to craft sing-along anthems has went from a secret shared from those in the know to mainstream knowledge after tours with Taylor Swift. Now albums are […]

The Apache Relay

The Apache Relay

If the new album from The Apache Relay  sounds a bit different, you can blame the band’s baptism in recent years. Brett Moore describes it as a cleansing experience, a now-veteran band who took the time and effort to settle into who they were. Their debut album took five days to record; their latest stretched […]

Matthew and the Atlas

Matthew and the Atlas

Everyone can think of a singer or two whose voice has such an impact that it’s not just “that guy/girl has a good voice,” but more like “holy crap, who is this?” For me, Matthew Hegarty, aka Matthew and the Atlas, is in this category. I remember first hearing his song “I Will Remain” after […]

Death Vessel

Death Vessel

Joel Thibodeau said he was needed to sit back, reflect and start anew since his last album as Death Vessel, Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us. Several years have passed since the sophomore release, and while Thibodeau has remained fairly busy, it was also a time to travel, forge friendships and find inspiration in Iceland of […]

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

Briefly, I’m taken aback when David Monks, bassist and singer for Tokyo Police Club, tells me he’s 27. I remember 27, but I don’t remember being in the situation he and the band are in now. Tokyo Police Club have seen fads come and go. They’ve been the apples of our indie rock eyes, and […]

Hauschka

Hauschka

Hauschka’s Abandoned City is marked by new beginnings. The backstory goes that most of it was conceived and laid down in roughly 10 days following the birth of Volker Bertelmann’s first son, now one year old. With his twin daughters well into their teens, Bertelmann had to relearn what it was like to have an […]

Amy Ray

Amy Ray

Amy Ray has released the best country record this year. But you won’t hear it on the radio because it’s steeped in traditional instrumentation, deals with faith, sin, love and lust, and has a song about her dog on it. All things that tend to turn off the current country music establishment. Her album, Goodnight […]

Thumpers

Thumpers

John Hamson Jr. just finished consuming the sort of art he wants to create. And he feels the same way I did after taking it in. Fresh off of a viewing of Her, Spike Jonze’s Academy Award-nominated movie, Hamson feels affected and perhaps a bit emotionally disoriented. For anyone who has seen the movie, you’ll […]

Lyla Foy

Lyla Foy

Lyla Foy is surprised at all of this — that you or I would pay any attention to her music. One listen to her forthcoming Sub Pop debut will show her naïveté, as if her enchanting pop wouldn’t win us all over in the end. Ever since a fateful trip across the pond to play […]