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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 […]

Oh, How We Long For Thee: A 2009 Preview

Oh, How We Long For Thee: A 2009 Preview

2008 was a good year. By year’s end, we will have featured 195 interviews and reviewed over 500 albums in our quest to bring you, dear reader, the most meaningful music we can find. From artists who top the charts worldwide to those who tour via the house party route, we’ve realized there’s beauty in […]

Top Albums of 2008

Top Albums of 2008

It’s cliché. We admit it. It would serve us well to try to stand out by not doing a year end list. A writing staff of dozens would lead one to believe that, surely, between so many creative types, we could find out new ways to wrap up a year in music properly. Yet each […]

Great Debate ’08: Counting Crows

Great Debate ’08: Counting Crows

We’re a music site, so we have musical opinions. And with said opinions, disagreements are bound to take place. To celebrate the tension, we’ve decided to give both sides and allow for further commentary to take place. If you missed the first entry of our Great Debate ’08 series, you won’t want to miss the […]

Great Debate ’08: Hold Steady

Great Debate ’08: Hold Steady

We’re a music site, so we have musical opinions. And with said opinions, disagreements are bound to take place. To celebrate the tension, we’ve decided to give both sides and allow for further commentary to take place. If you missed the first entry of our Great Debate ’08 series, you won’t want to miss the […]

Great Debate ’08: Beck

Great Debate ’08: Beck

The world of musical criticism is already a highly-opinionated, polarizing society. And that’s without the help of the times we live in. If any year seems best described by the phrase “heightened tension,” – Hey, G.W., are we red or orange today? – it’s this one. From our ecological to our economical practices, everyone now […]