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Over the past decade, Low Volts has released three albums and won three San Diego Music Awards. Read more

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Before she was a self-sufficient independent musician, Snow Tha Product spent seven years on a high-powered major label, Atlantic Records. Read more

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Vasquez spent nearly the entire month of January 2018 alone, recording what would become the bulk of Light’n Up. Read more

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Jared and Jonathan Mattson of the San Diego-based psych-jazz band The Mattson 2 are almost as skilled at talking about their brand new album Paradise as they are at playing guitar and drums, respectively. Read more

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From the jump, Genitorturers were a DIY juggernaut. They practiced in the basement of a campus chapel, thanks to a cool professor who gave them the key. Read more

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Sarah Tudzin’s first album under the name Illuminati Hotties—Kiss Yr Frenemies, released earlier this year on the Tiny Engines record label—is filled to the brim with the visceral vibes of a twenty-something’s existence. Read more

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The album is a massive step forward from Petal’s 2015 debut Shame, not so much sonically—though Lotz’s Broadway-quality voice and sweet ‘n’ sour guitar crunch both sound stronger than ever—but lyrically and thematically. Read more

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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. Read 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." Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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 Read 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 Read 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. Read 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.” Read more

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