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The Notwist

The Notwist

The latest Notwist release, The Devil, You + Me, is a unique one, treated with great expectation and, as a result, a fair bit of apprehension: “Will they live up to the fantastic Neon Golden? Will they veer more towards their vocal tracks? Will it kick off with something as strong as ‘Pick Up the […]

Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain could be going places. She’s a 21-year-old folk singer from the most neglected nowhere of flyover country with a dark, sharp wit and a “try anything once” streak. She’s also got a lot of shiny, slick professional marketing and publicity pushing her coming-of-age diary of an EP, The Confiscation. Whether she ends up […]

Bronze Float

Bronze Float

From the first listen, you could say that I was a bit underwhelmed by the sound of Bronze Float. They sound like, well, like quite a lot of other bands actually, especially The Microphones or their alternate persona, Mt. Eerie. That was, upon first listen, an experience that was largely distracted and, to be honest, […]

People in Planes

People in Planes

The first sound on People in Planes’ second LP, Beyond the Horizon, is a sinister and foreboding organ, sustained. It is, like the best parts of the LP, an anomaly. It is the sludge that hangs around the band’s sound that is most interesting on Horizon – the solo in “Better than Life”; the guitar […]

Crooked Still

Crooked Still

Back in 2000 O’ Brother, Where Art Thou premiered and, along with it’s cinematic achievements, the film carried with it an Old Time and Bluegrass based soundtrack that caused a revival in traditional music interest. But here we are, eight years have passed, and we are still seeing a continuation of this interest in the […]

Young Widows

Young Widows

Shortly after making their mark on the fertile post-hardcore scene of Louisville, a former quartet known as Breather Resist found themselves without a singer. But as luck would have it, the loss came at the perfect time. The three remaining members had been working on material that pushed beyond their previous limits in both execution […]

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot

To warm up for their tour supporting their debut album 3 Rounds and a Sound, Oregon based Blind Pilot pedaled around the Pacific Northwest from town to town on bicycles, scaled down gig gear in tow. It’s a novel idea, conscious and progressive, not unlike the band itself. Blind Pilot sounds like a soulful, pensive […]

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Lee “Scratch” Perry

It wasn’t too many years ago that reggae music was thought of as a singular genre, with its own distinct set of musical characteristics. Over the past couple of decades, however, a host of new sub-genres have popped up, making reggae increasingly difficult to follow and blurring the lines between it and other forms of […]

Sub Pop 20th Anniversary

Sub Pop 20th Anniversary

I strolled into the Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary festival, the sun beating down blissfully on my face, to the sound of Orbit finishing up their set. Redmond, WA’s Marymoor Amphitheater was awash with eclectic concert goers, relaxed and peacefully marveling the serendipity of such spectacular weather on this particular day. The stages were set […]

Augustana, Maroon 5, Counting Crows

Augustana, Maroon 5, Counting Crows

I am generally not a fan of concerts at large venues, which come off frequently as poor sites at which to enjoy great meaningful music. The sound’s often distorted to be spread over a wide area, the bands are often given set times too short to present a solid musical statement, and the venues are […]