Sep 07, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

We asked Tori Amos to take a self-portrait. We also asked her to write a list of personal things—interesting facts that fans may perhaps not know about her. More

Sep 07, 2017 Web Exclusive

Chad VanGaalen speaks with me from his home in Calgary, Alberta on a landline. He doesn't own a cellphone. "I don't even like people phoning me on my landline, it just seems so overwhelming to me," VanGaalen admits. In a world overrun by technology, not having a cellphone seems like a radical choice. Yet, it also offers an enviable level of freedom. More

Sep 06, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

It's time-honored wisdom that sophomore albums are more difficult to record than a band's debut and this certainly appears to be the case for the Toronto-based band Alvvays and their sophomore album AntisocialitesMore

Sep 05, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

The Undertones sang "it's not so easy knowing we'll be heard" and "a lot less time, but a lot more care" on "More Songs About Chocolate and Girls," the opening track of their second album, 1980's HypnotisedMore

Sep 04, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

Kevin Morby is calling during a rare moment of relaxationa day off at his drummer's place in upstate New York. The next morning he'll fly to Barcelona for a festival gig, but his easy speaking voice jumps when he talks about the last four shows.  More

Sep 01, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

Protest is our recurring feature where a musician writes about a political or social issue that interests them and then submits a photo of them holding a self-made protest sign relating to that issue. This issue's participant, EMA (aka Erika M. Anderson), is no stranger to political songwriting.  More

Aug 31, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

The second album in as many years from Brooklyn's powerful folk rock group Big Thief is that work of impact that propels a band from a warm reception to commanding the discussion. Formed from a coalescence of peaking creativity and internal chemistry, Capacity expands on a cherished notion, that of connecting with people through intimate channels. More

Aug 29, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

Though it seems like a distant memory, there once was a time when nearly every band that had a significant following would release a "B-sides and rarities" collection.  More

Aug 24, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

When The War on DrugsLost in the Dream became arguably the most widely-acclaimed album of 2014, it was easy to be happy for Adam Granduciel. Here was a true indie rock lifer, a guy who had bounced around the margins of the indie scene for over a decade with limited success, and he had created the rare album that cut through our fragmented musical culture to become a genuine cultural moment.  More