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My Favorite Album: Ellen Kempner of Palehound on Elliott Smith’s “Either/Or”

Jun 24, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

I grew up on a steady diet of classic rock. My dad, who was a teenager in the ’70s, would tell me all about the times he was first in line to see The Rolling Stones, the night he saw John Lennon join Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden, and many other dazzling stories.  More

My Favorite Album: Fred Armisen on Paul and Linda McCartney’s “RAM”

Jun 22, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

Former Saturday Night Live and Portlandia star Fred Armisen is a big fan of Paul McCartney’s career trajectory, especially the singer’s 1971 album RAM, which featured his wife Linda.  More

Self-Portrait: Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Austin Tufts of Braids

Jun 19, 2020 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature, we ask musicians to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Austin Tufts of Braids. The whole band also submitted a self-portrait photo. More

Polartropica on the Challenges of Releasing a Debut Album During a Pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 Web Exclusive

For Ihui Cherise Wu, one of the leaders of Los Angeles’ emerging queer pop scene, Friday, March 13th, 2020, should have been a triumph. Her musical project, Polartropica, was scheduled to release its debut album, Dreams Come True. The following night she was set to headline LOVE IS GAY, the most recent installment of the touring, all-ages LGBTQ+ festival/fundraiser, at The Bootleg Theater. It was supposed to be the culmination of three years of hustling; of writing, recording, and releasing singles; of playing dozens of hometown-shows and touring the U.S.; of filming elaborate videos and constant, colorful social media promotion. Then, Los Angeles shut down.  More

FEWS on Their “Dog” EP and Starting Their Own Label

Jun 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

Twelve months is a long time in music. This time last year, FEWS had just released their critically acclaimed second album Into Red. However, what should have been a marked step up and continuation of the band’s achievements after 2016’s highly feted debut Means turned out to be a grinding halt instead. More

Badly Drawn Boy on His First New Album in 10 Years, Brexit, the Pandemic, and Getting Sober

Jun 16, 2020 Web Exclusive

In the year 2000, once everyone’s Y2K fears were assuaged, Badly Drawn Boy appeared on the music scene, fully formed, with a stunning debut album, The Hour of the Bewilderbeast. That album walked off with the UK’s highest music accolade, the Mercury Music Prize, leaving Coldplay’s Parachutes and Richard Ashcroft’s solo debut, Alone With Everybody in its dust. More

Spirit Fest on “Mirage Mirage”

Jun 15, 2020 Web Exclusive

Spirit Fest is an international collective of musicians spread across Germany, Japan, and England. Its members have remained constant since their self-titled Morr Music debut in 2017.  The group is comprised of Saya and Takashi Ueno of Japan’s Tenniscoats, Markus Acher of Germany’s The Notwist, Cico Beck of Germany’s Aloa Input, and Mat Fowler of England’s Jam Money. The group has remained in contact and have subsequently released Anohito in 2018, with the double album Mirage Mirage coming out last month via Morr Music. More

The End: Sondre Lerche

Jun 12, 2020 Web Exclusive

To end out the week, we ask Sondre Lerche some questions about endings and death.  More

Madeline Kenney – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

Jun 12, 2020 Web Exclusive

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with Oakland, CA-based singer/songwriter Madeline Kenney. More