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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 […]

El Ten Eleven

El Ten Eleven

Few bands make it to the ten year mark. El Ten Eleven hit that with their last full-length, Transitions, and kicked off a second decade together with their brand new EP, For Emily. If there was any consideration of taking a break or even slowing down, they didn’t let anyone else know about it. In fact, it […]

Nina Persson

Nina Persson

Nina Persson dreams of houses. It’s one of the more intimate moments of our conversations together, and also a major theme on Nina’s first solo LP, Animal Heart. But there’s also her voice, which anchors the entire LP down in a sultry, smoky wave of coolness. The singer for the wildly popular bands The Cardigans […]

goodbyemotel

goodbyemotel

It’s been an eventful last year for goodbyemotel, the Australian pop/rock band with key placements on several television shows and a dynamic live show. The former might open some doors, but it’s the latter — an inventive 4-D concert experience — that should cement their place as a breakout band here in the States as […]

Bear’s Den

Bear’s Den

There’s a reason Bear’s Den was touring multiple continents on the strength of a single EP, Agape. Few bands will go that far in their life span, let alone after their debut set, but the resonance of their own music as well as the Communion brand has helped this trio generate waves across Europe and […]

Liza Anne

Liza Anne

Few artists can boast such strong musical beginnings as these first steps we are witnessing from Liza Anne. The Colder Months is Liza’s first album, and at 20-years-old, her songs are already seasoned with a depth and perspective beyond her years. It helps to have parents who recognize something special and nurture it, not to […]

Sally Seltmann

Sally Seltmann

The last few years have been busy for Sally Seltmann. In between releases, she’s relocated to Los Angeles from her native Australia, formed a side project with friends and co-written song with others while hopping between continents. It’s no surprise then that the talented songstress entertained thoughts of quitting due to fatigue from it all. […]

The Hawk in Paris

The Hawk in Paris

The Hawk in Paris is not a side project. It’s also not the primary creative outlet for the trio of seasoned musicians involved. For now, it’s somewhere in between, but other than the moments they took to answer my questions, I don’t think Jeremy Bose, Matt Bronleewe or Dan Haseltine are that concerned about how […]