Interviews

Jun 21, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

"Breaking up the band was made a bit easier because I never really liked the name Hooray For Earth," laughs Noel Heroux, the former frontman/main creative force behind said band. T More

Jun 16, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

It has been two weeks since Julien Baker made a triumphal trek through SXSW, but she is still buzzing. Playing five shows in four days, the 20-year-old singer/songwriter became one of the festival's breakout acts, taking a victory lap after her 2015 full-length debut, Sprained Ankle, became one of the year's most-acclaimed breakthroughs.  More

Jun 14, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Marlon Williams has a towering presence wherever he goes, in more than one way. The 24-year-old New Zealand-born singer/songwriter is a lofty six foot three inches, although he thinks his skinniness makes him appear even taller. More

Jun 09, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

If Charlie Hilton's solo debut album Palana brings to mind a certain iconic 1960s singer, know that you're not the only one to notice the similarities. The Blouse frontwoman recognizes her untraditional vocal phrasing ("My vocal delivery style sometimes sounds a little funny!"), puts her in line for Nico comparisons. More

Jun 02, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

It should have been a joyous occasion, but Big Thief's SXSW debut was instead fraught with difficulty for  frontwoman Adrianne Lenker. Not long before the Brooklyn-bred indie rock quartet's first shows at that massive Austin festival this year, Lenker all but lost a crucial component of being a musician: her ability to hear. More

May 26, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Gil Carroll didn't set out to make one of 2016's most buzzed-about dream pop records. Yet he and the other members of Living Hour seem to have done just that, despite the fact that he adamantly says, "When we started this band, I didn't even know what the term 'dream pop' meant." More

Mar 11, 2016 Web Exclusive

You don't have to wear floral shirts and flares to record your guitars backwards, just ask Sunflower Bean's Jacob Faber. His band owe more stylistically to the black-clad cool of The Velvet Underground than Woodstock '69, they make some of the most arresting psychedelic rock of recent times, but Sunflower Bean don't have time for revivalism. More

Mar 08, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Pop music and the avant-garde don't need to be mutually exclusive. Gwenno Saunders has boldly delved into both of those disparate extremes in the span of one LP. The sunny-voiced Welsh songstress garnered plenty of praise in 2006 when she and her bandmates in the British indie pop troop The Pipettes released their glossy, hook laden debut LP, We Are The Pipettes More

Feb 26, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

New Zealand's Salad Boyshelmed by singer/guitarist Joe Sampson and rounded out by drummer James Sullivan and bassist Ben Oderingare one of the more circumspect bands when it comes to being interviewed. They're clearly passionate about music, but prefer to let the listener come to their own conclusions about the songs.  More