Jun 26, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

On the final track of Clean, the debut full-length album from Nashville's Soccer Mommy (aka Sophie Allison), the ground opens up. Under the weight of the uncertainty and pain that Allison describes on the proceeding tracks, she imagines the ground buckling: "I dreamt the sidewalk broke in two.  More

Jun 25, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

"Absurd"that's the word Phil Elverum uses to describe the last year. In early 2017, he released A Crow Looked at Me, his universally-praised examination of the devastation brought on by the death of his wife, artist and songwriter Geneviève Castrée.  More

Jun 22, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Alex Kapranos begins with a blank slate-an honest to goodness real blank slate. No preconceived ideas. No thematic direction. No cares or concerns for where Franz Ferdinand has gone in the past or where they're expected to head in the future. The band, he says, has to be selfish that way. More

Jun 21, 2018 Web Exclusive

For fans of Tame Impala and its many side projects, few might be familiar with the solo work of one of both group's common denominators: Jay Watson, aka GUM. Watsona multi-instrumentalistis known for playing drums, bass, keyboards, and synths in both Tame Impala and PONDMore

Jun 20, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

On record, Orono Noguchi sounds so nonchalant that she almost seems bored of being in a band. In person, she's nothing like that. We're speaking in the middle of Superorganism's first European tour and a packed day for Orono, the band's lead singer, which has included a morning recording session, but she's still animated and engaging.  More

Jun 19, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

You pour your heart into it. You dedicate hours, long nights, lingering years to it. You strive until your muscles and mind and emotions sear from the strain. And finally, when it's in your grasp, and yet you still have to wrestle with it... well, then what? More

Jun 18, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

When Merrill Garbus began work on Tune-YardsI Can Feel You Creep Into My Personal Life in January 2016, she had a difficult decision to make. How should an artistespecially one who tries to use her life and work to contribute to dialogs surrounding difficult topics in her native Oakland, Californiareact to the era of Black Lives Matter and President Donald Trump? More

Jun 15, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

To end the week, we ask Will Sheff of Okkervil River some questions about endings and death. Sheff is the singer/songwriter/main creative force behind the band, which formed in Austin in 1998 and has had various lineups over the years, with Sheff the sole constant.  More

Jun 14, 2018 Web Exclusive

With wisdom beyond her years, Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos has made a name for herself as both an economic and impactful songwriter. On her latest album, Vessel, Kline shifts her lens from describing physical places to describing connections of a more abstract, mind-body nature. More