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Monday, June 17th, 2013

Following a brief orchestral swell, Glasgow-based pop band Camera Obscura wastes no time getting assertive with Desire Lines, the band’s fifth album since debuting more than a decade ago with Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi. “When I found your girlfriend crying/I could have slapped you in the face,” singer Tracyanne Campbell sings over a restrained boogie. This […]

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Among certain critics and cultural trainspotters, there exists a colloquialism – ‘gamechanger’ – to denote a brazen, unexpected creative leap by an already respected and established artist. The risk of potentially alienating a listenership that increasingly has more choices than patience is a perilous one, but to take such a gamble and succeed can earn […]

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Jerry Williams Jr. didn’t adopt the handle “Swamp Dogg” in the early ‘70s in order to confuse, obfuscate, or mislead anyone. To hear the man tell it, he took on the name because it was imperative to do so. “It was born out of a necessity, to find myself, my identity,” the 70-year-old singer says […]

Friday, March 8th, 2013

It’s hard to talk about North Carolina’s musical legacy – or even indie rock in general – without mentioning Chris Stamey. As a founding member of the dB’s, Stamey often played the chaotic, challenging flip-side to Peter Holsapple’s shining pop and their music was all the better for it. After leaving the band following their […]

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Like the Biblical angel, the Siren of Greek Mythology is often portrayed as a winged human with an arresting voice. The former might use the gift of song to guide a weary traveler through a harrowing pass towards the Promised Land; the latter, to wreck a sailing ship straight into the jagged rocks guarding the […]

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Cody ChesnuTT indirectly made himself into a bit of enigma this past decade. After his band was dropped from a record deal right before the release of their finished debut, ChesnuTT holed up in his bedroom and created The Headphone Masterpiece, a sprawling, 36 track lo-fi soul, rock and r&b mess released in 2002 that […]

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Our Longshots series returns with two of the more prolific voices working in music today — Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth and Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb; both of whom just saw album releases this year, Blood Oaths of the New Blues and Tucson, respectively. The artists, left to their own devices, below. __________________________________________________________________________________ James Jackson […]

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Wrapping one’s head around the music of Wooden Wand, the ongoing project of idiosyncratic singer/songwriter James Jackson Toth takes some effort. With over 100 releases to his name, from spiraling freak-out ragas and avant-garde experimentation to classic Asylum Records-style folk pop – Toth skips through styles like a zealous host swapping out LPs on the […]

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Singer-songwriter Bill Fay has enjoyed a long and legendary career in obscurity. The British musician first raised eyebrows among listeners back in 1970 with his startlingly unique, baroque debut record Bill Fay, which despite a poor commercial impact quickly became a cult classic and garnered comparisons to other unusual and uncelebrated songwriters, such as Nick […]