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Album Reviews

Local Valley

José González
Local Valley

Sep 17, 2021 Web Exclusive

If indie folk had to be defined by one song and one song only, José González’s cover of “Heartbeats” (originally a mediumistic, Björk-like romp by Swedish duo The Knife) would be a formidable choice to summarize the warm, sleepy nature of the genre. His fourth studio effort, the dynamic Local Valley, is just as calm and enjoyable as one would expect.

Rory Gallagher 50th Anniversary Edition

Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher 50th Anniversary Edition

Sep 17, 2021 Web Exclusive

The deluxe edition of Rory Gallagher’s 1971 debut album amply illustrates why the Irish guitarist continues to cast such a long, broad shadow.

Enjoy the View

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Enjoy the View

Sep 16, 2021 Web Exclusive

Glasgow indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks have been honing their craft since the release of their debut album in 2009. Four albums later this sound has evolved from the raw and nervy, yet captivating, early beginnings into a duality of glimmering and catchy guitar leads atop a cavernous and brooding wall of sound.

Classic Interviews

Loma on Their Self-Titled Debut Album

Loma on Their Self-Titled Debut Album
Journeys Through Nature

Apr 03, 2018 Loma

Jonathan Meiburg’s favorite moment from Loma, his collaborative record with Dan Duszynski and Emily Cross of Cross Record, happened completely by accident. As Meiburg, best known as the mastermind behind 21st century indie mainstay Shearwater, tells it, the song “I Don’t Want Children” “happened very quickly, but was completely random.

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns
DC

Jul 12, 2021 Web Exclusive

Poison Ivy: Thorns, the new graphic novel dedicated to the familiar DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy, is as much traditional origin story as it is potential for a new Netflix miniseries in the vein of The Queen’s Gambit. The book portrays both the buzzy contemporary superhero intrigue as it does the de-evolution of a compelling, beautiful, modern, and free thinking character—and one, in particular, many will likely wish they had for reference as younger people.

Interviews

José González on His Upbringing and His New Album “Local Valley”

José González on His Upbringing and His New Album “Local Valley”

Sep 16, 2021 Web Exclusive

Internationally known musician, José González, is one of those artists who exhibits such an intricate, discrete touch with his work that it becomes an obsession for his listeners.

Madi Diaz on “History of a Feeling”

Madi Diaz on “History of a Feeling”

Sep 15, 2021 Web Exclusive

That moment in a relationship where two lives become completely entwined can seem like are a couple’s nirvana, until things start to fall apart. Then it’s a co-dependency with all the unhealthy connotations that entails. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Madi Diaz chronicles this in History of a Feeling after her breakup from long-term partner Teddy Geiger, who has since come out as transgender.

Pleased to meet you

Indigo De Souza on “Any Shape You Take”

Sep 10, 2021 Web Exclusive

“It’s been crazy,” laughs North Carolina singer/songwriter Indigo De Souza, regarding the critical acclaim for her second album Any Shape You Take. “It’s also the busiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

Lists

Ranked: The 10 Best Courtney Barnett Songs to Date

Aug 12, 2021

Courtney Barnett, the songstress from down under, has graced us with four studio albums, an EP and several singles since 2012, and her latest ones, “Rae Street” and “Before You Gotta Go,” both precede her upcoming LP Things Take Time, Take Time (which is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists). The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, is less about dividing her discography into songs you do and don’t like, and more about grouping them into the ones you love and the other ones you really really love. Indie folk, garage rock, stoner soul, she does it all, and these 10 picks are only a taste to get you hooked on the rest and tide you over until the new album comes out. Speaking of, we’ll start with “Rae Street,” which is not officially on this list but gives you an idea of where Barnett is at now (and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list), as well as “Before You Gotta Go,” which just came out this week. Then there’ll be an honorable mention and the full Top 10. By Lily Guthrie.

Blog

Billy Joel – Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of “Songs in the Attic”

Billy Joel – Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of “Songs in the Attic”

Sep 14, 2021 By Austin Saalman

Coming off of the mainstream success of 1977’s The Stranger, which earned Billy Joel a spot at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as two Grammy Awards, the formerly struggling Long Island piano man was still hungry, but no longer starving.