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Archives: 2014
  • Shovels & Rope

    published September 17, 2014

    In the five years that Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have been performing as Shovels & Rope, the married musical duo has distilled their... More >>

  • Shannong & the Clams

    published September 3, 2014

    Summer is almost over but Bay Area boobies Shannon and the Clams are still on their never-ending hunk hunt, winking their way to the Big Creepy... More >>

  • THEESatisfaction

    published August 20, 2014

    If there were a song to play every time the seasons changed, it could probably be "Queens" by Seattle rap duo THEESatisfaction. The tune's... More >>

  • Mikky Ekko

    published August 13, 2014

    When you hear the urban pop gloss covering the lithe, un-accented singing voice of Mikky Ekko, it's hard to believe that one of the most... More >>

  • Mykki Blanco

    published August 6, 2014

    Somewhere in between a hedonistic party club pretense and a slightly nefarious "I might sneak in your room and kill you" vibe floats Mykki Blanco,... More >>

  • Lil Debbie

    published July 30, 2014

    Like a pan of burnt brownies tossed in the trash, gone are the days of Kreayshawn collaborations and White Girl Mob drama, clearing the smoke for... More >>

  • The Wytches

    published July 23, 2014

    Hailing from Brighton, UK, the psych-rock trio formed in 2011 and only just recently embarked on their first North American tour in support of... More >>

  • Ted Nugent

    published July 16, 2014

    Ted Nugent may be a conservative gun-toting Republican womanizer who has impressively managed to create an outdoor sports and hunting empire for... More >>

  • Phox

    published July 16, 2014

    There's something easy-breezy about the sound of a town like Barbaroo, WI, so it's only fitting that whimsical folk-pop sextet PHOX hails from the... More >>

  • Denitia and Sene

    published June 25, 2014

    Like cooly smoking a Cuban cigar—or a loosie, rather, in the case of Denitia and Sene—a smooth sound requires a smooth operator, and... More >>

  • Tegan and Sara

    published June 18, 2014

    In Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career, they've made progressively influential material that has earned them a global following. The Canadian... More >>

  • Courtney Barnett+Benjamin Booker

    published June 11, 2014

    Melbourne-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has a gift for turning workaday situations into captivating anecdotes—one... More >>

  • Courtney Barnett+Benjamin Booker

    published June 11, 2014

    Melbourne-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has a gift for turning workaday situations into captivating anecdotes—one... More >>

  • Patty Griffin

    published June 4, 2014

    The veteran folk singer/songwriter has stayed on the ride since her 1996 debut with A&M, taking her own personal struggles and stories and using... More >>

  • Eels

    published May 28, 2014

    The Eels have been around for a while, making a name for themselves as one of those iconic movie soundtrack bands, playing reflective, scuzzed... More >>

  • Mirah

    published May 21, 2014

    Peaceful, subtle and everlasting—that's the kind of music singer/songwriter Mirah has been creating since the late 1990s. This year, she put... More >>

  • The Neighbourhood

    published May 14, 2014

    A simple Spotify search for the song "Let it Go" yields hundreds of synonymous titles, but right underneath Demi Lovato and the Frozen... More >>

  • Son Lux

    published May 7, 2014

    Composer extraordinaire Ryan Lott, aka Son Lux, has studied music his entire life, developing and experimenting with recording and production... More >>

  • Future Islands

    published April 30, 2014

    Future Islands plays some of the most passionate electro-pop there is right now—or in existence, if you want to be fittingly melodramatic.... More >>

  • The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)

    published April 30, 2014

    Indie rock icon Ted Leo and esteemed singer/songwriter Aimee Mann have joined forces in a clash of independent music titans with their... More >>

  • Torres

    published April 30, 2014

    Like her move from Nashville to Brooklyn, Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) made a crucial shift in sound from acoustic to electric back in 2012 with... More >>

  • The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)

    published April 23, 2014

    Indie rock icon Ted Leo and esteemed singer/songwriter Aimee Mann have joined forces in a clash of independent music titans with their... More >>

  • Black Lips+Natural Child

    published April 16, 2014

    From songs about being forced to sleep with someone, to smoking weed with friends — (and crack, just that one time) — the Black Lips... More >>

  • Daniel Rossen+William Tyler

    published April 9, 2014

    Spring is here and the gods are smiling upon us by sending two glorious beams of light — two coinciding solo tours that must be the... More >>

  • Tweens

    published March 26, 2014

    Trash-pop trio Tweens only formed in 2012, but the Cincinnati punks have managed to make a name for themselves with fans and tour mates like The... More >>

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