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The aesthetic formula on Doug Tuttle’s first three solo albums is simple enough: Write flawless pop-rock songs, then cocoon them in a gentle psychedelic haze. more

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“I was not a tough kid. I was never really into tough music," Outlaw says. "I remember my dad had a copy of James Taylor’s Greatest Hits that really spoke to me." more

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“Bob [Weir] would say, ‘Why are you sweating the static?’” says The National’s frontman, Matt Berninger in a telephone interview. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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