Reporting live from SXSW, a/k/a the place where indie-rock dreams come true (or die in front of a half-filled room), I figured it made sense to present a longtime worker who not so long ago left his 9-5 gig. Yes, Hutch Harris, that ebullient, politically (and, turns out, caffeine-charged) vocalist/guitarist of the Thermals can also… More »
For the past decade, Oneida’s existed outside local trends, even their own; their ninth album Happy Near Year was trim and invigorated in its gurgling, scruffy, pastoral, psychy, Krauty concision. (“Concision” being relative and all…) Befitting the band’s longtime productivity, Oneida are also dedicated members of the worker-bee realm. They’ve discussed work before, but a… More »
When the spotlight douses Victoria, B.C.’s Frog Eyes, its beams are usually blinding frontman Carey Mercer. The guy cuts quite a figure — a rocket of bottled energy — but drummer Melanie Campbell’s not the sort of player to hide in the background: She beats a mighty staccato syncopation (or a “ding dong the witch… More »
The Wrens need no introduction, but it has been three years since The Meadowlands, so we figured grieving fans might appreciate insight into how their favorite bird-themed, Jersey-born band otherwise fills the days.
I caught up with Charles Bissell, Jerry MacDonald, Greg Whelan, and Kevin Whelan after they returned from a “mini-tour,” playing… More »
Gothy, classic-sounding psych-folk siren Marissa Nadler possesses a dark, crystalline voice that’s continued to grow gorgeously ethereal and especially dusky with each release. On her third full-length Songs III: Bird On The Water she’s at the top of her game, downright brilliant as she covers Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” and plops any number of… More »
Unless you were born with one of those silver spoons, you likely work a day job, sneaking time for your own business when not taking care of someone else’s. Trust funds (and ma and pa) remain indie rock’s unspoken funding source. Or, a couple weeks ago Patti Smith came down on guitar-slinging slackers:”When people come… More »