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Swans

Swans

It should surprise no one familiar with his music that Swans’ frontman Michael Gira is a frank interview subject with a disarming juvenile streak. Near the end of our recent conversation, I tell him that someone I know mentioned having some vision problems that he attributed to having been to a phenomenally loud Swans show […]

American Fiction

American Fiction

It isn’t often that an unsolicited email with a single demo garners the attention of a producer, let alone the Eddie Kramer (The Beatles, Bowie, Zeppelin…the list goes on). But that’s exactly what happened with Memphis-based American Fiction. With a stroke of dumb luck—coincidentally, the name of that single—the band snagged Kramer’s attention and has […]

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 […]