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Ben Salmon

A conversation with Mutoid Man guitarist/vocalist Stephen Brodsky and his bass-playing bandmate Nick Cageao is a bit like being dropped into the middle of an improv comedy routine. more

Jul 4, 2017 6:19 PM Music Feature

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Astronoid frontman Brett Boland is a perfectionist. He acknowledges this readily when talking about the songwriting and recording of his band’s first full-length album, Air. more

Apr 18, 2017 4:00 PM Music Feature

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On Near to the Wild Heart of Life, King and Prowse walk a tricky line by evolving Japandroids’ sound without rounding off the qualities that made their music appealing in the first place. more

Mar 7, 2017 6:00 PM Music Feature

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Stephen Steinbrink's songs are strangely variegated little wonders that seem to exist in the cracks between classic pop, modern indie rock and standard singer-songwriter fare. more

Jan 17, 2017 3:56 PM Music Feature

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High Bias may be the total Purling Hiss package in one recording, but that doesn't mean Polizze is ready to rest on his laurels. more

Nov 1, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

YG embraced the opportunity to be mentioned in the same breath with Lamar. But Lamar’s shadow looms large over rap these days, and the 26-year-old YG also isn’t getting enough credit for his skills, his vision and his valor. more

Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

About halfway through Inter Arma's new album Paradise Gallows sits a seven-minute slab of gloriously buzzy post-metal as high-minded and horizon-wide as anything the band has ever done more

Jul 19, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

The more famous Bombino becomes, the more sharply that fame contrasts the modest personality of Nigerien guitarist Omara Moctar. But that's working within the premise that Moctar and Bombino are one more

Apr 12, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

Julien Baker, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Memphis whose debut solo album Sprained Ankle , released last year by 6131 Records, is as deeply engaging as it is devastatingly sad. more

Feb 23, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

The extra work paid off, as Dark Arc was a breakthrough for Saintseneca, garnering positive reviews from outlets such as American Songwriter and NPR, which called the album “the product of intense care.” more

Feb 3, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

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Josh Ritter spends a couple minutes and a few hundred words trying to describe how his new album, Sermon On the Rocks, differs from its predecessor, 2013's The Beast In Its Tracks, and how the man who made the latter is not quite the same m... more

Jan 5, 2016 12:00 AM Music Feature

When it came time to start writing songs for their third album, the members of Seattle-based punk/metal band Black Breath ran into some trouble: their own ambition and artistic restlessness. more

Nov 18, 2015 12:00 AM Music Feature

The first sound you hear on Windhand's new album Grief's Infernal Flower is the comforting crackle of fire. The second sound is one familiar to fans of the Richmond-based five-piece: an electric guitar. more

Oct 28, 2015 12:00 AM Music Feature

These days, Diet Cig—a budding young band based out of New Paltz, New York—is becoming known far and wide for its ultra-catchy pop-rock, penned by Luciano and powered by punk energy and the ennui of early adulthood. more

Sep 2, 2015 12:00 AM Music Feature

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