Looking back, it's actually difficult to capture just how weird and momentous the freak folk movement of the first half of the 2000s felt. It wasn't cobbled together so much as it was a united front…   Read Story »
Having spare time is important. That goes without saying. But considering none of us have it ever, maybe it's worth saying again. Listening to the Halo Benders' 1994 album God Don't Make No Junk, the…   Read Story »
Built To Spill's Doug Martsch released one solo album, Now You Know, in 2002. It's not that different from a Built To Spill record -- his soaring vocals are still present, that sort of abstract,…   Read Story »
The strangest musical moment of my adult life came when I discovered that a lot of my friends were jam band people. It's not like they kept it a secret, but they didn't really make a point of talking…   Read Story »
Modest Mouse grew up in public, but popular opinion is that they really truly figured it out with 2000's The Moon & Antarctica, creating one of those of albums that points to some just-out-of-reach…   Read Story »
Three songs into New Zealand-based Shocking Pinks' self-titled 2007 record, frontman and only consistent member Nick Harte sings, "Take some medicine, get a bandage, shoot some heroin, see a…   Read Story »
Studio were the Gothenburg, Sweden-based duo of Dan Lissvik and Rasmus Hägg. Their output, which consists of a series of singles that were later collected, with some repeating tracks, on 2007's West…   Read Story »
We're all victims of our Instagram accounts. There's an impulse to do things constantly so we can capture them to preserve the memory of an event we're aware we're preserving even as it happens.…   Read Story »
Mary Karr's Cherry is a memoir about becoming a teenager. As the book progresses and she gets older, she finds herself in that position that all teenagers find themselves in at one point or another:…   Read Story »
When Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation came out, I was four. As I got older and started actually caring about music, the album occupied a weird place in my life. I heard it and really liked it, and the…   Read Story »