May 05, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Joseph Mount, frontman of the English four-piece Metronomy, isn't an Aquarius, despite what the title "I'm Aquarius," the first single from his band's fourth album, Love Letters, might imply. More

May 02, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Portland is the place where young people go to retire—that's arguably the most widely quoted line from season one of Portlandia. But if that's true, Carrie Brownstein and Stephen Malkmus must be the old-soul exceptions, as both relocated there when they were in their prime early retirement years and have continued working at more or less the same prolific pace.  More

Apr 30, 2014

NONONO launched their US invasion last October at CMJ. Although they had a blast performing for the first time at the New York music festival, the Swedish trio admits that they didn’t realize the impact they made stateside until returning several months later. More

Apr 28, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

"I had a life-affirming bus journey last week," says Elbow singer Guy Garvey during a phone call from New York. "I'd gotten the ferry over from Brooklyn. I didn't have change for the machine. More

Apr 22, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Over the course of three albumseach arguably better than the lastAnnie Clark has established herself as one of indie rock's most reliably innovative acts. But as her strengths (dazzlingly ornate arrangements, intricately designed wordplay) have generally trended toward the cerebral, the literate, and the sophisticated, her music has never felt particularly dangerous. More

Apr 18, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

The year 2014 is ramping up to be a big one for Angel Olsen. February saw the release of Olsen's sophomore album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, her first with the   Jagjaguwar label. More

Apr 16, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Sweden's I Break Horses broke out in 2011 when their debut, Hearts, was met with critical acclaim across Europe and North America. Within a year, singer Maria Lindén and collaborator Fredrik Balck were invited to support M83 on a tour across the United States. More

Apr 11, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Back in 1997 on their first-ever U.S. tour, in support of Pavement, Mogwai was anointed by no less an authority than Stephen Malkmus as "the first band of the 21st century." When reminded of this, their guitarist Stuart Braithwaite says with a laugh, "We're getting old! But that was a very nice thing for him to say."  More

Apr 10, 2014 Web Exclusive

When one thinks of Lydia Loveless, Fleetwood Mac isn't the first thing that comes to mind. The 20-something Ohio-born country punk has filled three albums with her own particular brand of Americana-laced rock and roll and, as her blistering live shows can attest, she doesn't exactly hew to the Stevie Nicks style of flowing gowns and mystic balladry. More