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Monday, May 16th, 2016

Psychic Temple is on a tear: In the last couple weeks, the group, led by composer/songwriter Chris Schlarb, has released not one but two excellent records, the loose-limbed Psychic Temple III and a reimagining of Brian Eno’s 1979 album Music for Airports. The twin albums demonstrate Schlarb’s ability to synthesize styles and approaches, combining fusion-era […]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

In the market for an expansive, dreamy headphone record par excellence? You couldn’t do much better right now than Ears, the latest by Bay Area composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Mining influences like the minimalism of Terry Riley, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel, the films of Hayao Miyazaki, and the cartoons of Jean Giraud Moebius, Smith’s […]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

“Anybody can throw a bunch of licks at your face,” Endless Boogie’s Paul Major writes in the liner notes of Anthology Records‘ new reissue of Ilian’s 1977 pop gem Love Me Crazy. “Communicating, telling the story is where it’s at.” “When you hear my songs, you always good,” Leon D. Nahat — Ilian himself — […]

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Following the intense and bloody Nigerian Civil War, a vibrant musical revolution bloomed in the country, with emerging groups and performers creating a fusion which blended funk, R&B, and hard rock. The beginnings and end of this fertile scene is documented incredibly by a new two-volume collection out on Now Again Records, Wake Up You Vol. 1 […]

Monday, April 11th, 2016

The Brian Jonestown Massacre may have just celebrated a 25th anniversary, but it’s little surprise that there wasn’t a big to-do, as Anton Newcombe has always believed in pushing forward and not looking back. We caught up with Newcombe via Skype last week, from his home in Berlin, to discuss (among other things) his thought […]

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Pinning down Woods has proved increasingly elusive over their ten year run. While encapsulating and predicating the twisting currents of folk and rock, they’ve morphed calmly yet sharply from lo-fi to hi-fi. Their newest release, Sun City Sun Eater in the River of Light, represents both a step forward and yet another step to the side. Driven […]

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

An outlaw of his own accord, Terry Allen’s output across a drove of mediums has remained open and engaging for over four decades. The Lubbock, TX native is a stalwart storyteller, oftentimes softening the lines of genre in both music and visual art. At age 72, Allen maintains a rigid work ethic, carrying with him […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Cheap Trick needs precious little in the way of an introduction. Roaring out of Rockford in the early ’70s, the band’s stayed on a remarkably consistent career path for decades, hewing close to a muscular framework of guitar-driven glam riffs and sturdy, pop-based song craft. Anthems like “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender” bridged […]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Will “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy” Oldham has a habit of materializing in interesting places: behind the camera, shooting the cover of Slint’s Spiderland; behind Johnny Cash, singing background vocals on the Man in Black’s cover of his song, “I See A Darkness”; on a tractor in an alternate Kanye West video; in films as quiet and […]