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Band To Watch: Vagabon

"In my country, and in a lot of countries, people still go to the well to get their water," Vagabon's Laetitia Tamko explains to me…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 9, 2016 - 12:52 pm

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Artist To Watch: Hazel English

Like any flailing twenty-something, Oakland-based Australian Hazel English feels an anxiety-inducing lack of control. The kind you feel when relocating over 12,000 miles across the…
Grace Birnstengel | October 26, 2016 - 9:04 am

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Band To Watch: Mannequin Pussy

The first half of "Denial" -- the third single from Mannequin Pussy's sophomore album, Romantic -- is designed to sound like someone having a panic…
James Rettig | October 6, 2016 - 11:08 am

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Artist To Watch: Billie Marten

Every teenage balladeer hacking away at a guitar or piano imagines their songs unfolding into the kind of gorgeous sonic panoramas found on Billie Marten's…
Chris DeVille | September 23, 2016 - 10:34 am

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Artist To Watch: gobbinjr

"I just wanna be perfect/ Anything less is shameful," goes one song on gobbinjr's forthcoming EP, vom night. Encapsulating an artist's ethos into a singular…
James Rettig | September 6, 2016 - 12:55 pm

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Band To Watch: Microwave

When Microwave released their debut album Stovall in 2014, frontman Nathan Hardy had recently disassociated from the Mormon Church. He returned to his home state…
James Rettig | August 30, 2016 - 1:00 pm

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Band To Watch: Slow Mass

Let's get one thing straight: Chicago's Slow Mass is not a side project. Although drummer Josh Sparks and guitarist Josh Parks both play in the…
Zac Gelfand | August 24, 2016 - 11:00 am

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Band To Watch: IAN SWEET

"You don't let someone you love feel afraid," Jilian Medford sings on the opening track of IAN SWEET's debut full-length, Shapeshifter. Falling in love is…
James Rettig | July 26, 2016 - 10:10 am

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Artist To Watch: Yohuna

Johanne Swanson has lived in many places, but hasn't felt particularly at home in any of them. She started making music as Yohuna six years…
James Rettig | July 5, 2016 - 12:00 pm

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Artist To Watch: Katie Dey

There's an intangibility to Katie Dey's music that's difficult to articulate. It's best to point to specific moments: the hopeful opening pings of "you gotta
James Rettig | June 20, 2016 - 1:32 pm

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Band To Watch: Astronoid

Astronoid are a five-piece band from Boston whose debut LP, Air, is set to be released next week. I've talked about the album a couple…
Michael Nelson | June 1, 2016 - 11:01 am

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Band To Watch: Shakai Mondai

In light of the fullness and sonic diversity of songs like "Bad" and Jeff" you may not expect Shakai Mondai to be the musical project…
Michelle Laggan | May 31, 2016 - 2:39 pm

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Band To Watch: Charly Bliss

"We met in line outside the show, and he had a Coke bottle full of vodka or whiskey or something. I could smell the alcohol…
James Rettig | May 20, 2016 - 1:30 pm

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Band To Watch: Angel Du$t

When I was growing up in Baltimore in the '90s, the city had basically no hardcore scene. We had one great band -- Torn Apart…
Tom Breihan | May 16, 2016 - 11:14 am

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Band To Watch: Nearly Oratorio

Simon Lam has a unique style that brings warmth and a subtle soulfulness to each of the three separate musical projects he's involved in. The…
Michelle Laggan | April 26, 2016 - 9:21 am
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