During the course of more than a decade, Mastodon has morphed from a small metal band with a dogged work ethic to one of the biggest heavy bands on the planet. Their breakthrough moment was the brilliant 2004 album Leviathan, which turns 10 this year. With each year, the band has both built their audience… More »
It’s been almost two years since we heard anything from Dum Dum Girls. The band’s last release, 2012’s excellent End of Daze EP, was not only a much-beloved sucker punch of a record, but it also played like a perfectly blissed-out culmination of everything the band had previously spent two full-length albums and a handful… More »
In the two years since Wilco released their eighth album, The Whole Love, frontman Jeff Tweedy has busied himself with an impressive array of extracurriculars. He applied starkly organic production to Low’s recent The Invisible Way and Mavis Staples’ forthcoming One True Vine, the legendary soul singer’s “Johnny Cash meets Rick Rubin” turn. He helped… More »
It’s been four years since DFA darlings the Juan MacLean put out a proper album (2009’s The Future Will Come), which is a sad thing for those who have a deep and abiding love for the kind of sublime electronic concoctions that MacLean has been cooking up for nearly a decade now. Last month MacLea… More »
Baroness announced a summer tour today, the first proper domestic jaunt to promote Yellow & Green, the double album that received critical raves and introduced the band to a much wider audience. Normally, this would be another in a series of summer tour announcements. However, this is the first tour for Baroness since a bus… More »
Full disclosure: I’ve known the guys in Caveman for a long time. For a brief, glorious moment in 2010, the band’s drummer, Stefan Marolachakis, and I were bartenders together in the East Village. He quit bartending when Caveman started to take off (while sadly I did not). In the years since, I’ve had the pleasure… More »
Kurt Vile will release his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, in April … much to the delight of folks like myself who have followed Kurt’s career with a kind of feverish intensity since his Constant Hitmaker days back in 2008. His new record — a 69-minute double album — was produced by Joh… More »
Seattle’s Cave Singers have been releasing excellent records since way back in 2007 when they let loose with Invitation Songs. Over the course of two more albums — 2009’s Welcome Joy and 2011’s No Witch — the band perfected their own specific take on pastoral folk music. It’s the kind of music made to… More »
Name: The Flaming Lips
Progress Report: Steven Drozd talks about the Lips forthcoming studio album (their 15th!) and the joys of being loved in your own hometown.
As a native Oklahoman, I’m admittedly pretty biased when it comes to the Flaming Lips. Some of my earliest experiences with live music involved… More »
Name: JEFF The Brotherhood
Progress Report: Jamin Orrall talks about Hypnotic Nights, major labels, and the tour that never ends.
JEFF The Brotherhood — AKA the two-man party machine consisting of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall — just released their seventh album (Hypnotic Nights) and embarked on what will basically be a… More »
Name: Wild Nothing
Progress Report: Jack Tatum talks about the new Wild Nothing record, Nocturne, and the wild ride he’s been on for the past two years. More »
Name: Holy Other
Progress Report: The reclusive producer talks about the making of Held and anticipates finally stepping out of the shadows.
Since releasing his excellent debut EP, With U, last year on Tri Angle, Manchester-based producer and wunderkind recording artist Holy Other has managed to both wow and confound by continuing… More »
Name: Andrew W.K.
Progress Report: The undisputed king of partying talks about comics, reissuing I Get Wet, making new music, and what it means to become an official “Brony.”
In addition to being an expert in the fine art of making a party, Andrew W.K. could also teach everyone a thing or… More »
Name: Divine Fits
Progress Report: Dan Boeckner talks about the origins of Divine Fits and the making of the band’s soon-to-be-released debut album…
While they aren’t exactly a supergroup in the way that, say, the Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup, there’s no denying that Divine Fits have a pretty excellent pedigree. The… More »
Progress Report: World’s most unpredictable noise pop band chat about the making of Breakup Song.
I had no idea what to expect when I turned up to interview Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki and Greg Saunier, but I sort of anticipated a conversational experience that would be likely just as funny and… More »
Name: Tame Impala
Progress Report: Kevin Parker chats about Lonerism, the pleasures of touring, and covering Fleetwood Mac…
This October Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala will roar back with Lonerism, the band’s hotly anticipated follow up to 2010’s Innerspeaker. Based on the first two tracks to be revealed from the record — “Apocalypse… More »
Progress Report: Lou Barlow talks about recording the first new Sebadoh record in over 12 years.
Lou Barlow is a very busy man. In addition to his touring and recording duties as a part of the classic Dinosaur Jr. lineup (a job that will be made much busier when Dinosaur… More »
Name: Sigur Rós
Progress Report: Iceland’s finest discuss the difficulties of Valtari and the pleasures of hitting the road….
Valtari, Sigur Rós’ sixth proper full-length album, is by all accounts a record that was none too easy to make. Despite the apparent behind-the-scenes drama the album is as seamless and expectedly beautiful… More »
Name: Redd Kross
Progress Report: Iconic pop punk band talk about Researching the Blues — the band’s first new album in 15 years.
Formed over 34 years ago in Hawthorne, California Redd Kross are one of those bands that pretty much every other band worth their salt manages to name check at… More »
Name: Purity Ring
Progress Report: Corin Roddick discusses success, Shrines, and the perils of building your own instruments.
Purity Ring have only been making music for two years, but the duo of Megan James (vocals) and Corin Roddick (instrumentals) have managed to generate a mountain of buzz, book a series of high… More »