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Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones

In a town brimming with songwriters, Matthew Perryman Jones still manages to stand out amongst his peers. That sounds movie-esque (“In a world… one man will…”), but a mere cursory listen to 2006′s Throwing Punches in the Dark or last summer’s Swallow the Sea reveal a lyrical mastery (see “Beneath the Silver Moon”) and strong […]

The Black Kids

The Black Kids

The five members of Jacksonville’s Black Kids are just along for the ride. In 2007, Rolling Stone hailed them as major act to watch and considerable press coverage in Village Voice and NME also came the band’s way. Then came the band’s management, which also happens to represent Arcade Fire and Bjork. Finally, the release […]

Fiction Family Pt. 2

Fiction Family Pt. 2

In part one of our Fiction Family interview, we featured Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, including his take on writing with Jon Foreman and his new “supergroup” known as W.P.A., featuring members of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and Elvis Costello’s band as well. Here in part two, we sit down with the other half of Fiction […]

Fiction Family

Fiction Family

An early disc in 2009 that we’re quite excited about features two songwriters we’ve grown to respect and love, no matter what they do. Sean Watkins made his mark alongside his sister, Sara, and mandolin legend-in-the-making Chris Thile in the bluegrass/pop trio, Nickel Creek. Jon Foreman, meanwhile, spent the last year away from his Switchfoot […]

Pictures and Sound

Pictures and Sound

Luke Reynolds’ musical ability has carried him this far. And it’s the talent now surrounding him – both in the studio and on stage – that should take him even farther. The former front man for the now-defunct Blue Merle found early success with songs like “Burning in the Sun” and his signature falsetto that […]

Matt Pond PA

Matt Pond PA

Two hours was all that transpired from when I first inquired about connecting with Matt Pond to the time we were discussing his latest (and cheapest) creation. The reason, he explains, is that he’s “a drifter.” I’m not quite sure what that means, but I’m sure it has something to do with where we landed […]

Ben Nichols/Lucero

Ben Nichols/Lucero

Ben Nichols’ world expands whether he pursues it or not. The Lucero front man’s resumé necessitates more space after the past year, with listings of ‘actor’ and ‘solo artist’ taking hold. Yet no matter what subject you bring up, Nichols continues to affirm his passion and commitment to his Memphis bandmates. Still Nichols’ extracurricular efforts […]

Marnie Stern

Marnie Stern

One word that invariably shows up in any article or review of Marnie Stern’s work is “shred” (or “shredding,” or “shredder” or some such permutation) which, while an important facet of her music, is a little reductive in explaining her appeal. There’s no question that a guitar virtuoso who also happens to be an attractive […]

Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra

Calling upon the elder member of Manchester Orchestra is rather misleading considering the average age of the Atlanta quintet hovers around 20. Still, drummer Jeremiah Edmond has a few years on his indie rock band mates and holds perhaps a bit more perspective on the accomplishments achieved and themes discussed thus far. The former is […]

Lovedrug

Lovedrug

Musicians are lovers, not fighters, as a general rule. But when pushed to the brink, even the world’s biggest pacifist sometimes fights back. Lovedrug may or may not be comprised of pacifists, but their music has never given them a tough guy persona – at least not until now. The usual trials and tribulations of […]