Jan 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Comprised of former Absinthe Blind and Maserati members, Champagne-Urbana, Illinois’ Headlights play dreamy, orchestral comfort music. They can also rock, in a beautiful guitar-effects way, and the gorgeous male/female harmonies lend the four tracks on their Enemies EP depth and warmth. More

Jan 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Marked by long-stretching vocal harmonies and monk-like chanting, the music of Grizzly Bear is gentle and pastoral, employing a minimal environment of drums and the occasional banjo, augmented by subtle elements of electronica. What began as a home project for founder Edward Droste in his Brooklyn apartment, has since become a full-fledged band that tours the world. More

Jan 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Hailing from Sheffield, England, The Long Blondes go on a first name basis only: Kate (lead vocals), Dorian (lead guitar), Emma (guitar and vox), Reenie (bass and vox), and Screech (drums). Mixing jagged guitars and a little dance with their arty garage rock, the Blondes resemble a mellower, female-fronted version of Franz Ferdinand and hark back to Britpop legends Elastica. More

Dec 02, 2005 Web Exclusive

In a scene during Margaret Brown’s ghostly, touching documentary Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, former Townes manager John Lomax III talks about a small classified ad in a 1976 issue of Rolling Stone that gave an address for the singer-songwriter’s fan club. Although Townes never enjoyed strong album sales, Lomax recalls how several hundred responses to the ad arrived within a month, many of them containing emotionally wrought accounts from fans who had been healed by Townes’ music—some were saved from suicide, others were comforted by his songs after the loss of a loved one. “I just thought, my Lord, the whole world needs to hear this,” Lomax says of Townes’ music. More

Nov 02, 2005 Web Exclusive

It began as somewhat of an experiment, but it’s turned into something quite lovely. Four years ago, four dudes went down to Long Beach in search of a female Cambodian singer, were instantly taken with a dazzling young woman named Chhom Nimol. More

Sep 01, 2005 Web Exclusive

We had the chance to speak with Dulli about his career, Amber Headlights, the demise of the Whigs, and the projects he has on tap for the future, not the least of which is his highly anticipated Gutter Twins collaboration with ex-Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan. More

Aug 01, 2005 Web Exclusive

Justin Mitchell is the producer and director of the Death Cab for Cutie tour documentary Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On the Road With Death Cab for Cutie, which was recently released on DVD by Plexifilm. More

Jul 01, 2005 Web Exclusive

How does a group of self-proclaimed DIY musicians from Sweden make it to Los Angeles and sign with a major record label? From talking to Adam Olenius, frontman for the Stockholm five-piece, Shout Out Louds, it is not as difficult as one might think. More

Jun 01, 2005 Web Exclusive

Christopher O’Riley isn’t your typical indie rock fan. He might have a weakness for all things obscure and intricate, but where the average listener might sit down and marvel at the complexity of a Radiohead arrangement, O’Riley can pull up the piano bench and tap out his own arrangement.  More