Archives

Doves

Doves

It’s been a long four years. That’s the amount of time that’s passed since the last Doves album, Some Cities, hit #1 on the UK charts, was praised by critics on multiple continents and placed the band squarely in the British rock conversation. And after the buzz subsided (which is becoming quicker and quicker nowadays), […]

Kero One

Kero One

*Illustration by Danny Jock What began with some serious DIY determination and work ethic is paying off in spades for the Bay Area emcee Kero One. Since forming his own label (Plug Music) to release his first 12″, Kero’s enjoyed a steadily growing audience and accolades from Will.I.Am among others. Recent projects even include remixing […]

Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers

Justin Ringle is a man who inhabits two worlds. He is the singer/songwriter who pens ethereal folk songs that sound like they were mined from another era, but he is also a signee of the seminal northwest independent label Kill Rock Stars. His band’s moniker is Horse Feathers, a deceptively simple name that sounds plain […]

Internal Debate: Metric, Fantasies

Internal Debate: Metric, Fantasies

For me, it’s quite possibly my favorite album thus far of 2009. For others on our staff, Fantasies won’t even be close to the cut. Hence the reason we created Internal Debate – our latest feature series here at Stereo Subversion where we allow our Staff Writers to give several takes on one particular album. […]

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

I knew honesty wasn’t a problem for Sean Daley. I just had no idea to what extent. Slug, as Daley is otherwise known, serves as the lyrical counterpart to beatmaker Anthony Davis, a.k.a. Ant. Together, they make up Rhymesayers’ most popular rap act, Atmosphere. For the last decade-plus, the two have placed Minneapolis squarely on […]

Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards

Erika Wennerstrom’s seems along for the ride. Her band, Heartless Bastards, continues to move forward slowly but surely toward a more mainstream recognition. Her songs continue to become more expansive in their sound and instrumentation. But after a conversation with her, she hardly seems to be the artist-in-control, instead giving off a more reserved, passive […]

Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik experienced the last great gasp of mass radio appeal. The year was 1996 and his single “Barely Breathing” established new industry records for staying power (55 weeks) on the Billboard Hot 100. Then, just like that, he was gone. Well, he wasn’t nearly as far away as other musicians with notable songs on […]

Pilot Speed

Pilot Speed

For the last three years, I’ve been a consistent source of word of mouth promotion for Pilot Speed. And that’s because Todd Clark & Co.’s melodies have become a consistent listening source of excellent pop/rock structures. The Toronto band blossomed north of the Great Lakes through most of the past decade until finally leaking Stateside […]

Paper Route

Paper Route

I will admit the soft spot in my heart for the guys in Paper Route. I was there for their first show in front of a couple dozen people in a dirty old school in Indiana. I conducted their first interview as a band. In other words, I arrived early for the bandwagon and have […]

Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra

Six months ago, Jeremiah Edmond told me that Manchester Orchestra enjoyed the slow build. And now, in the early conversation in this interview, he tells me they’re ready to go all the way. If anything, the Atlanta band knows exactly where they want to go and how they plan on arriving. Manchester Orchestra’s first album, […]