Port O'Brien started three years ago as the duo (and couple) of Van Pierszalowski and Cambria Goodwin. The Bay Area band's currently a quintet, but the two remain at the group's core. It's a highly…   Read Story »
Baltimore spastics Ponytail are set to release the appropriately titled, J. Robbins-produced Ice Cream Spiritual in June (it follows their 2005 debut, Kamehameha). Appropriate, because everything…   Read Story »
Citay's sophomore album Little Kingdom is a great dose of sweeping psychedelia. Think Byrds harmonies, Floydian pastoralism, and more than enough reasons to namedrop Popol Vuh. Despite those epic…   Read Story »
On Visiter, San Francisco duo the Dodos wrestle flint-fingered jangles, busybody hardware-nicking drums, and '60s (at times, Animal Collective-lite) melodicism into catchy, insistent folk-pop. Or…   Read Story »
Kelley Polar's I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling -- the the Croatian-born Juilliard-schooled violist/vocalist/composer's follow up to 2005's Love Songs Of The Hanging Gardens -- is…   Read Story »
Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement are about to release their unclassifiable third album All Together. Looking too deeply into childhood influences can get dicey, but maybe some of Andrew…   Read Story »
Since 2003, Blitzen Trapper self-released their first three albums, including Wild Mountain Nation, which caught on in '07, led to bigger exposure, resulting in a contract with Sub Pop. The sextet's…   Read Story »
At the time I interviewed Ryan Kattner, aka Man Man's Honus Honus, he was already out the door of the Philadelphia coffee shop where he'd been making lattes, but was considering work as barback or…   Read Story »
This QYDJ interview with Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, took place a couple months ago. In that short period of time, he saw Jagjaguwar reissue the originally self-released For Emma, Forever Ago,…   Read Story »
After I interviewed Yeasayer in November '07, they took off way beyond the low-level buzz the song "2080" was creating at that time. In the last few months, the guys have become key spokespeople for…   Read Story »