Nov 17, 2015 Web Exclusive

Alan Sparhawk says I caught him on a chatty day, something that seems to surprise him as much as it does me. Knowing him only through the 11 resolutely inward-looking albums he has made with Mimi Parker, his wife and co-leader in Low, I don't expect him to be quite so outgoing and approachable.  More

Nov 16, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

After 22 years as one-half of the husband-and-wife songwriting team in Low, vocalist/guitarist Alan Sparhawk has developed a thesis on longevity. Bands that have been around so long inevitably fall into one of two categories: they either survive by carving out a distinctly identifiable sound and repeating it over and over, or they never allow their aesthetic to fully congeal and attempt to reinvent themselves with each release. More

Nov 12, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

"You get asked in interviews, 'What would your dream collaboration be?' I would always say Tim Presley, and he'd say me," recalls Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon. After remaining close friends and adoring mutual fans for years, it was perhaps inevitable that Le Bon and White Fence architect Presley would join forces. More

Nov 11, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

St. Catherine, Matt Mondanile's fifth and most ambitious album as Ducktails, grapples with romantic entanglement and adult apprehensions in a manner that feels startlingly direct, especially when juxtaposed with the naivety and nostalgia that colored his past releases. However, when it comes to explicating his development as a songwriter, the Ducktails mastermind and Real Estate guitarist is rather nonchalant.  More

Nov 06, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Following the sepulchral, reverb-laden 2010 debut The Waves and the doom-shimmer ripples of 2012's neo-shoegaze Tender New Signs, NYC via New Zealand songwriter Tamaryn Brown (who releases music simply under her first name) felt an impulse to change. More

Nov 03, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

FFSan acronym meaning "For Fuck's Sake" in text lingois what many people probably thought when they heard that Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles art-pop legends Sparks were attempting to join together in one band under that moniker. Or at least that's what Franz Ferdinand vocalist and songwriter Alex Kapranos suspects, a possibility that seems to please him to no end. More

Oct 29, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Beirut's fourth album, No No No, is perhaps the act's most self-assured to date, its florid, baroque textures enveloping frontman Zach Condon's honeyed croon. That's not to say that the journey there was one free from self-doubt and false starts. Condon suffered through bouts of exhaustion, a divorce, and crippling writer's block. More

Oct 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra—the instrumental prog rock duo known as Zombi—returned earlier this month with Shape Shift, the band’s first album since 2011. We chatted with Moore and Paterra about writing new music, growing up in George Romero country, and the challenges of composing film scores. More

Oct 16, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Oxford quintet Foals have achieved a rare feat over the course of three albumsthey've managed to expand their artistic horizons while maintaining many of their signature moves, all the while broadening and challenging their audience.  More