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
[SOUL-TRONICA] Christopher Taylor, aka Sohn,
is a South London product currently producing, remixing and creating
his own solo material from Vienna. Praise from heavy hitters, along with
Who: Chris Scott (guitar, keyboards), Mike Byrne (drums, electronics), Patrick Dougherty (bass).
Sounds like: An intense Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting where all arguments are made on electric guitars
Portland shoegazers follow their bliss into an analog daydream.
When Neil Young delivered the keynote address at South by
Southwest last month, a lot of musicians were listening. He was pushing
his new project, PonoMusic, a portable music player rendering digi
Bands under overpasses, bands in coffee shops, bands in 113-year-old bars and other highlights from the Boise music festival.
There’s something interesting happening in Boise, Idaho: It’s the Friday morning of a busy festival weekend, and the locals are still in town. The Treefort Music Festival, celebrating its third anniversary this year, is the pride of a changing town. Stylistically, it's loosely related to SXSW, fit with music, tech, film and literature...
[PROTO DANCE] In 1971, Bernhard Mikulski started ZYX
Records, feeding an insatiable Western appetite for dance music. The
German label clasped dance to rock using newfound electronic
[MORTAL FOLK] In addition to his
tremendous songwriting prowess, Mark Kozelek’s interest in fascinating
subject matter has earned him a huge cult following. Since forming Sun Kil Moon
Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.
Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway
between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s
colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and