David Bevan

writer

Biography
Manhattan, NY

  • Pardon the Eruption: 36 Hours in Milwaukee with Volcano Choir

    Pardon the Eruption: 36 Hours in Milwaukee with Volcano Choir

    Tonight in Chicago, Volcano Choir will enjoy the first set of their first North American tour, a run of five dates that will take the Wisconsin-based, Justin Vernon-led post-rock supergroup through the American Northeast and Ontario, all in support of their just-released second full-length, Repave. Though the record (like its predecessor, 2009's Unmap) was recorded at Vernon's home-studio compound just outside of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, nearly 250 miles to the northwest, Repave marks the transformation from studio experiment to band, a change that can be heard and felt — since February, VC's six members, scattered across the state, have been gathering in Milwaukee to rehearse at Tannery Recording Studio, a recently converted warehouse space on the south side of town, within feet of the Kinnickinnic River just as it winds its way into Lake Michigan.

  • Superchunk at Rue Cler in Durham, N.C.

    Merge Country: How Superchunk's Label Turned Durham Into a Thriving Indie-Rock Company Town

    On a soft July evening in Durham, North Carolina, shortly before the singing of our National Anthem, John Darnielle holds forth on baseball and breakfast. "Where have you eaten since you've been in Durham?" he asks, adjusting his glasses. "You didn't happen to stop by Loaf this morning, did you? Because if you did, and there weren't any peanut-butter-and-chocolate croissants left, I apologize: I grabbed the last few. They're insane."The voice and face of much-beloved rock band the Mountain Goats, Darnielle is publicly passionate about a great many things, generous with deftly phrased opinions on sports and music and animal rights.

  • King Tuff at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, December 2012 / Photo by Rebecca Smeyne

    Roll Away the Stone: The Oral History of King Tuff's 'Was Dead'

    Ten years ago, Kyle Thomas could be found most afternoons writing at Mocha Joe's, a coffee shop in his hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. The forever chameleonic, now 30-year-old mastermind behind King Tuff, Thomas was focused on crafting what would become Was Dead, a psychedelic gust of glammy and hammy, upside-down FM-rock magic that, after sadly limited runs on vinyl and cassette, is finally being reissued in wide, digital release by its biggest fans, Burger Records. For years, devotees have scoured eBay in hopes of finding a copy, the price tag climbing as the record's legend grew. Now you can get it from Burger for only eight bucks (or in $25 or $50 deluxe packages with bonus goodies).

  • Kurt Vile

    Kurt Vile: Lost in the Stars?

    In Philadelphia, city of murals and Brotherly Love, there is a piece of wall art hidden from public view, down a cobblestoned alley off of Bainbridge Street. Impressive in scope if not in size, it's an Escher-indebted soft-core scramble of lips and labia and lactating breasts meant, presumably, to inspire rock bands that pay to rehearse in its airbrushed glare. But even this visual affront can't distract Kurt Vile — he's staring at his guitar: a blood-red Fender Mustang he bought from "some kid" this morning. "It looks like it's new," he says with a laugh, as a bandmate arranges his cup of coffee beneath a falling stream of breast milk. "But it's from fuckin' '66."It's the last week of November and Vile, 33, is renting this festive, centrally located practice space so that his band, the Violators, can prepare for their gig as openers for Dinosaur Jr.

  • Majical Cloudz

    Majical Cloudz: Canadian Synth-Pop Outlier Catches Seriously Deep Feelings

    Who: The brainchild of 24-year-old Devon Welsh, a Montreal-based, rural Ontario-bred songwriter whose minimalist, dolorous synth-pop allows plenty of space for maximum lyrical intensity. "We were in a loft with all of our friends and it was really nerve-wracking because we were playing all new music, and I had this very clear vision in my head about what I wanted the music to be and what I wanted it to mean," Welsh says of the night five years ago when the project was unveiled alongside collaborator Matthew Otto.

  • Tony Molina

    Meet Tony Molina: Bay Area Hardcore Veteran Unfurls Decadent Guitar Pop

    "It's funny," Tony Molina says, "you know how people only like the first two Weezer records? I kinda like the later shit, man! I mean, it's not the same, and Pinkerton's still my favorite, but it's good. I like the Green Album. I like Maladroit. They got tracks, man!"For those more familiar with Molina's longtime contributions to the Bay Area hardcore community — as, most recently, the frontman for Caged Animal — that sentiment may come as a bit of a surprise. But earlier this year, the Millbrae, California native (and former engine behind beloved local noise-pop outfit, Ovens) released Dissed and Dismissed, a seismic solo offering (on Melters) that unfurls decadent guitar melodies with the same brevity and ferocity of hardcore.

  • The National / Photo by David Andrako

    Triple-Play: The National Take New York

  • The National at Mercury Lounge, May 21, 2013 / Photo by David Andrako

    The National: Not Your Dad's Dad-Rock

    When Matt Berninger landed in New York City in August of 1996, he moved into what he wryly describes as a "converted, semi-converted, mostly unconverted" loft space in Gowanus, an industrialized chunk of South Brooklyn that takes its name from the disease-ridden canal that divides the neighborhood. He remembers stolen cars left to burn on dead-end streets, rats scuttling around indoors, and a cardboard box sitting in the middle of the street in front of his building one morning. "It looked so suspicious, I had to go to see what was in it," he says, grinning. "I opened it up and — this is absolutely true — there, inside the box, was a headless chicken and a double-ended dildo." He sighs and cackles.

  • Purling Hiss / Photo by Tiffany Yoon

    Purling Hiss: Philly Indie Guitar Hero Goes From Solo Noisenik to Power-Trio Boss

    Who: Once code for the crudely recorded, psychedelic solo experiments of Philadelphia native (and Birds of Maya guitarist) Mike Polizze, Purling Hiss has evolved gradually into a full-fledged power trio that, like Dinosaur Jr. and Nirvana before them, specializes in classic rock gnarled for punks. It's a transition that began when friend and associate Kurt Vile asked Polizze, 33, to develop a live show for a tour together across North America. "Early on, people would come out because they were psyched on the recordings," says Polizze, who began self-distributing CD-Rs under the name Dizzy Polizze back in 2006. "But then they'd see us and they'd be like, 'Oh, you're, uh, different live.' I mean, my first recordings were first takes, ideas that were not intended to be performed. It was like a noise project.

  • Rise Against / Steven Karl Metzer

    Hear Rise Against's Breakneck 'Heaven Knows' Demo

    Last month, Rise Against's Revolutions Per Minute turned ten. And to mark the occasion, Fat Wreck Chords has opted to reissue the Chicago post-hardcore outfit's sophomore LP in full, alongside bonus demos of ten album originals. The serrated, slingshot hooks of early album highlight "Heaven Knows" somehow sounds even sharper now. Check it out: 113589:song:Heaven Knows (demo):

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