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Three years after 2015's Kintsugi, Seattle's Death Cab for Cutie are releasing their first album as a quintet, Thank You for Today.
hell would be] sitting on the tarmac of an airplane after an international journey waiting for the gate, but the gate never opens up."
To end out the week, we ask Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (and also The Postal Service) some questions about endings and death. Death Cab for Cutie has been a pivotal act in bringing indie rock to the mainstream in the mid-to-late 2000s with seminal releases such as Transatlanticism, Plans, and Na...
And spit out better words than you’
But you didn’t
Man you’re kidding yourself if you think
The world revolves around you”
So sings Melbourne, Australia’s Courtney Barnett on “Nameless Faceless,” a song addressed to internet trolls and the first single released from her much-anticipated second LP, Tell Me How You Really Feel. This song is just the beginning as Barnett does not hold back in rest of the follow-up to 2016’s critically lauded Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
“Time is a strange thing,” Brian Fallon said to me when I phoned him on the afternoon of January 31st as we both wondered how February was a mere 12 hours away.
“It seems like the older I get, time moves faster and faster. When I was a kid, it would just drag forever. But now it’s this ever-present ticking clock. Whenever you’re home, you’re always counting down to what’s next. ‘I’ve only got three weeks. I’ve only got two days.'”
Though his latest music output has slowed down just a tad from...
Interview with Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes for Performer Magazine
Formed during the late 90s in San Francisco and naming themselves after Marlon Brando‘s motorcycle club in The Wild One, the now LA-based trio, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, has put out seven albums of blistering garage rock that overpower the listener on both record and at the live show. Titles such as Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, Howl and Take Them On, On Your Own only hint at the visceral energy packed in the songs.
Though their latest album, Wrong Creatures, is coming five years after 2013’s S...
Find It At: AMAZON
Unconventional rhythms, melodies, and instrumentations drape themselves across the tracks of the self-titled full-length debut by Loma, a recent signing by Sub Pop that consists of Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater and Cross Record's Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski. After touring throughout America and Europe, the two groups decided to join forces to see what songs they could create together.
The dark pop orchestration ...
Home concerts give music lovers an up-close view of favorite artists or a chance to discover new ones.
Photography by Eric Dejuan
The prospect of entering the house of a person you do not know to spend a few hours with 20 to 40 strangers watching a musician seems, on the surface, nerve wracking and slightly unthinkable. But in its usual magical way, Birmingham makes this situation work.
Granted, these types of performances have been around for decades and the term for them varies depending on...
Since the mid-1990s, Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) has crafted wildly inventive and stylized orchestral indie rock that blends the philosophical and the heartbreak without ever sounding overly calculating or sentimental. Aside from his records with his main outlet Eels, Everett has composed music for films such as Yes Man, played Brian in the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix series Love, written an autobiography (2007's Things the Grandchildren Should Know...
Interview with Noah Gundersen about his new album, WHITE NOISE
In the Google's documentary, Merge Records: 25 Years in 24 Minutes, Wye Oak frontwoman Jenn Wasner discusses how the help she received from label cofounder Laura Ballance kept the band continuing even after Wasner's romantic breakup with drummer Andy Stack. Fortunately, for us, the band sounds stronger than ever at 12 years old and with the release of their sixth LP, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs.
Wye Oak's latest batch of songs firmly addresses the imperfections found in a w...
The Adventures of Stephen Kellogg « American Songwr...
As the last hour of October 31st passes by, radio stations across America already cue up the first of several hundred or even thousands of Christmas songs. I don’t want to seem like a Scrooge or a Grinch, but I never understand this strategy of the media. We wonder aloud about how fast this year has gone by, but we want to speed things up to December 25th. I scratch my head constantly in confusion.
In response, I have curated 13 slightly unconventional and underground tracks for your Thanksgi...