Most of the time, as the story goes, a
band cleans up its sound to lead to a bigger audience. But when San
Francisco frantic-folk duo the Dodos were recruited by noted Northwest
[LO-FI BREAKTHROUGH] On my last count, local frenetic-pop
sextet And And And released 45 songs in the past year. I’m probably a
little off—does a mixtape count as one track?—but the sheer amou
When Liz Harris gets going, she just can't stop. Recording under the moniker Grouper, Harris has crafted some of the most beautiful late-night music to come out of the Pacific Northwest in a long time, with treated guitar, swirling feedback, and her ghostly voice dominating my post-midnight soundtrack for most of 2008 with the elemental Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. Now Grouper is back with a ne...
When it was time for Akron/Family to send out copies of
its new album, the experimental-folk rock band abandoned the usual
channels of distribution—giving promo copies to the press, streaming the
When new owners remade Scoreboard Sports Bar (4822 SE Division St., 233-2971)
a few years ago, they left a couple of relics from the past: a series
of old-school NBA pennants so dated that the purple one says “New
Orleans” over the Jazz logo and the Sonics
Now this is an interesting way to combat a leak. Today the DFA records blog posted the second of its "White Out Sessions," where James Murphy's impeccable dance-rock label plays a new song from one of its artists on a turntable in the label's office. After hearing "Dystopia (The Earth is On Fire)," an unheard YACHT track, I'm p...
Dan Bejar is an incredible songwriter. Though he's quick to say that he's bored with instruments or that he recorded most of the vocals for his new album while he was fixing a sandwich, there's no denying that Bejar's sharp, twisting songs require a lot of effort. On email, however, Bejar is quick and to the poi...
More than any other current songwriter, Dan Bejar’s lyrics
beg for a good unpacking. For 15 years, Bejar has written twisting,
expansive and eccentric songs for his own Destroyer project as well a
It's here, folks: Menomena's new Alicia J. Rose-directed clip for Mines standout "Taos" takes the reconfigured band—can we call it Menomena 2.0 yet?—on a journey to a wrestling ring, where a smattering of costume-clad women live out all their fantasies for multi-instrumentalist Justin Harris. Basically, Harris gets humiliated, but there's a twist that's too good to spoil here. Rose has directe...