[MOM-AND-DAD ROCK] The Both pairs two indie-rock
stars whose best work is probably behind them. That said, it is an
intriguing match, as likable as anything either has done before. Ted
A couple of things stood out about Monday evening’s Broken Bells show at the Schnitz. First, it was at the Schnitz, a venue often utilized by orchestras and philharmonics that is so damn pretty it makes you sick. Why, then, were James Mercer, Danger Mouse and co. bringing their vintage pop to these hallowed walls? Sure, the group is catchy and downright impressive during long stret...
Peter Silberman invites the world into his bedroom.
In 2009, Brooklyn trio the Antlers released Hospice,
a sobering concept album equating a decaying relationship with terminal
illness. It was a quiet, intelligent record constructed from orchestral
James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins.
James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very
popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and
father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back
It can be a little jarring to witness an album as meticulously crafted as Amen Dunes' Love re-created live. Frontman Damon McMahon opened the band's show at Bunk Bar on July 11 with 'Lilac In Hand,' and despite the intimate venue, the song seemed to open up even wider than on record. McMahon continually fi...
[STIFF COUNTRY] The byproduct of rocky relationships, loneliness and one too many drinks, Rowdy Love
is nothing if not downtrodden. Denver’s sophomore record speaks to
midlife troubles with th
The first few moments of Amen Dunes’ latest record, Love,
may well sum up the band. There’s a gentle, pacesetting guitar rhythm
being chased by another lumbering guitar that can’t quite fi
It’s all fun and games and punky guitar pop—until someone’s amp explodes.
When a band writes a song called “The Assassination of
Kurt Cobain by the Coward Dude York,” it probably doesn’t want you to
take it too seriously. It’s a clever, snide, tongue-in-cheek ti
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Joseph Arthur found himself
back in New York late last year in the wake of touring just after Lou
Reed’s death. It was an unusually harsh winter, and soon the tireless
[TALKING DRUMS] Neal Morgan is best known
for his percussion work with Bill Callahan and Joanna Newsom. With
Newsom, in particular, Morgan has contributed some of the most
meticulous yet minimal