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Jukebox Jury: Esperanza Spalding on Writing an Opera and Doris Day’s Street Cred

On first listen, the final song on Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution feels very familiar, but that sense of comfort gets warped into something more sinister and…
Connor O'Brien / June 13, 2016

‘Lazarus’ Lays to Rest: A Look at David Bowie’s Theatrical Finale

A large portion of the crowd waiting in line outside the New York Theater Workshop last Saturday to see Lazarus held bouquets of corner-market flowers.
Connor O'Brien / January 21, 2016

Stream Fool’s Gold’s Soaring New Album ‘Flying Lessons’

Fool's Gold, the Afropop-influenced dance-rock fourpiece, knew knew exactly what they were doing dropping their latest album, Flying Lessons, right at the beginning of summer.
Connor O'Brien / May 6, 2015

John Vanderslice Has the ‘Long Dark Blues’ on Songs: Ohia Cover

As a special tribute to Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.'s late frontman, Jason Molina, longtime indie-rock producer and singer-songwriter John Vanderslice has covered the former band's "Long…
Connor O'Brien / May 4, 2015

Listen to an Extended Version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Bitch’

In June, Universal will reissue the classic Rolling Stones LP Sticky Fingers, replete with unreleased tracks and "making of" bookets and photos. One of the…
Connor O'Brien / May 4, 2015

Holiday Mountain Keeps Austin Weird on New Album, ‘You Be You, Part 1′

Of all the good folks out there trying to keep Austin weird, Texas transplant trio Holiday Mountain are definitely near the forefront. Originally formed at…
Connor O'Brien / April 27, 2015

Q&A: Mikal Cronin Opens Up (Emotionally and Instrumentally) on ‘MCIII’

The third record from San Francisco-based songwriter Mikal Cronin, the aptly titled MCIII, is an exercise in pushing limits. Moving beyond the garage-pop of 2011’s Mikal…
Connor O'Brien / April 22, 2015

Watch JEFF The Brotherhood’s Bizarre New Video for ‘Black Cherry Pie’

The trippy video for "Black Cherry Pie," JEFF The Brotherhood's second single off of Wasted On The Dream, looks a bit like a Monty Python talk…
Connor O'Brien / April 14, 2015

Ancient River Decides ‘This Is The Time’

Hearing Ancient River's lush, expansive sound, it's hard to imagine that it's just two guys. Starting out as the bedroom brainchild of lead singer James…
Connor O'Brien / April 10, 2015

‘Take A Little Time’ to Watch Kathryn Calder’s New Video

As a member of the New Pornographers and former lead singer of Immaculate Machine, Kathryn Calder deserves to take a victory lap. She sang one…
Connor O'Brien / March 11, 2015

Listen to Big Harp’s New Quick-Hitting Single ‘It’s A Shame’

Big Harp, the Los Angeles / Valentine, NE-based rock duo, did things a bit backwards: After two cross-country moves, a marriage, and two kids, Chris…
Connor O'Brien / March 4, 2015

‘Samson and Delilah’ Uncovers Another Side of the Staple Singers

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Staple Singers' live record, Legacy Recordings is reissuing Freedom Highway Complete, which features nearly thirty minutes of…
Connor O'Brien / February 25, 2015

Stream Young Buffalo’s Sparkling Debut Album ‘House’

Young Buffalo has been writing songs together nearly a decade, but March 3 will mark the release of their first full length album, House, on…
Connor O'Brien / February 25, 2015

Free n Losh Remix Say Lou Lou’s ‘Nothing But A Heartbeat’

Australia-via-Sweden dream-pop faves Say Lou Lou are set to make a huge splash when their debut full length Lucid Dreaming comes out on á Deux /…
Connor O'Brien / February 23, 2015

Listen to No Spill Blood Take the ‘Harsh Route’

Dublin trio No Spill Blood takes their name from the same H.G. Wells passage as Devo, and their press release even describes their shared love…
Connor O'Brien / February 12, 2015

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