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Enjoy Every Sandwich

The Soft Pack lives by the words of the late Warren Zevon “This one’s for Warren Zevon,” singer Matt Lamkin shouted to millions of TV viewers just before his band The Soft Pack launched into a rousing rendition of its&hel...


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Call of the Wild

Western-leaning The Lonely Wild takes its folk rock on the road In less than two years, Los Angeles quintet The Lonely Wild have put out an EP, executed a national tour and are independently releasing their first full-length al...


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Seeing Through Someone Else’s Shutter Shades

Fun. takes its namesake and Kanye West inspirations to the top The rag-tag kids on Fox’s Glee have covered some heavy hitters in the past three seasons: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Queen and . . . Fun.? When the recent&he...



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There’s No “Me” In “Team”

Aficionado takes its game up a notch at SXSW and makes a stop in the IE Aficionado is a team effort. When the Albany, New York, band’s lead singer Nick Warchol’s former hardcore band broke up, he set out to…


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Creative Subconscious

Maynard James Keenan takes his Id, Ego and Anima out for a play date Any band featuring Maynard James Keenan, the enigmatic vocalist for Tool and A Perfect Circle is bound to draw comparisons to these two musical projects. But,...


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Don’t Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Jonathan Davis, the lead singer for Korn, created more than just a rock band with occasional rap lyrics that ended up being labeled nu metal. With Korn (1994), the band’s self-titled debut album, Davis unleashed a completely ...



Rocking the Opera

Cursive is a rock band with soul. Some of its best songs include “Let Me Up” and “The Martyr,” emotional tracks that brim with passion. Like Queen or The Doors, who won the audience over with theatrical flourishes and e...


Like Father Like Sons

In 2004, armed with the catchy lead single “Heaven,” the Texan trio of brothers known as Los Lonely Boys faced a whirlwind of glory with their self-titled debut album, ultimately earning them two Grammy nods and one win the...


A La Grande Trip

Portland-based singer-songwriter Laura Gibson loves her home state. To her, Oregon’s identity is rooted in exploration, over 150 years after intrepid settlers traveled along a 2,000-mile trail to get there. So it makes sense ...



Gettin’ the Party Started

The Green Flash EP by DJ and producer Suzanne Kraft (aka Diego Herrera) is the kind of single you’re glad you purchased a decade later. Whether it’s the ethereal spirit of “Morning Come” or the resounding, driving momen...


The Art of the Remix

André Allen Anjos is the mastermind behind Remix Artist Collective (RAC), a cadre of artists (including Andrew Maury out of New York and Karl Kling of Portland) who compose brilliant, dance worthy remixes from bands across the...


A So-Called Strife

Courtney Marie Andrews sings like an angel, just ask her ardent fans. And it’s due to her pure persistence that we know about it. The 21-year-old pop-folk phenom helped cultivate her hometown music scene as a driven teen, tra...



Spiritual Improvisation

Playing full-length solos as a 6-year-old prodigy is extremely rare in India—yet Kartik Seshardi homely claims it isn’t a difficult thing being dubbed a “sorcerer,” “child prodigy” and a classical music “virtuoso...


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Let’s put aside this band’s rad electronic tunes for a moment, and focus on what you really want to know: what is up with STRFKR’s name? It’s unexpected and a bit rock ’n‘ roll, sure, but it’s got to have…


Being Wrong Never Felt So Right

Brett Anderson never thought her side-project, The Stripminers, would play live; it was tough enough getting a steady group of musicians into a studio to lay down tracks. But after a couple years of under-the-radar writing with...



This Ain’t No Crazy Cat Lady

Tracy Shedd couldn’t help but follow in her mother’s footsteps. Growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., the country singer’s daughter went on to become a performer as well, cutting her chops crooning along with Patsy Cline song...


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Au Natural

Nate Bergman is the guitarist and vocalist for Lionize, a band that plays music that’s hard to define but easy to enjoy. The group’s songs feature elements of stoner rock and hard metal, guided by a reggae/funk spirit that ...


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The Hunger Lives On

Peter Murphy always knew he would live forever. Not in an undead, Twilight sort of way, but through song. The former Bauhaus frontman’s career spans more than four decades, kicked off with the unlikely hit, 1979’s “Bela L...



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The Ins and Outs

There’s no shortage of folk singer-songwriters these days, but a lot about Ana Egge makes her stand out from the crowd—like that she grew up in a 23-person town in North Dakota or that, after her family moved to another&hel...


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From the Underground

Jus Allah from Camden, N.J. and Vinnie Paz from Philadelphia are Jedi Mind Tricks, a band that delivers utterly original, ironclad hip-hop that goes far beyond boring radio rap. The duo’s latest album, Violence Begets Violenc...


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A Man of Few Words

When questioned, Eric Earley—frontman for Portland-based folk-rockers Blitzen Trapper—is a man of few words. His pauses, as he mulls over a response, are long and his answers are brief. Finally, he admits, “I’m not some...



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Breaking All the Rules

The Sounds began its career performing live in Helsingborg, Sweden. “I wouldn’t say we had a big scene, about 150,000 people, but music has always been a part of the history of the city,” says Félix Rodríguez, lead guit...


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Representin’

Playing songs about the place where you grew up is a tradition that’s as old as music. Bruce Springsteen wrote “My Hometown” and Ben E. King sang “Spanish Harlem.” People Under the Stairs is a hip-hop group that lays ...


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Feeling Colours

With over five years in the music business and three successfull albums, Dallas Green of City and Colour is hardly a newbie on the music scene, not now or when he was previously jamming with Alexisonfire. During his career, thi...



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Music Music

First of all, the band uses toy noise makers in its performances. It also uses flutes, pans and anything else it can find on the street. The members typically wear white tops and draw lines on their faces like a…


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Almost Acoustic

Amon Tobin samples music to create songs the way Rembrandt used color to create art. He has an ear for finding that single perfect element in a song and understanding where it could go. The result is electronic music that…


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The Second Capo

Juan Velazquez, guitarist and vocalist for Abe Vigoda, met the rest of the members of the band growing up in Chino. “We all met in school. I met our bass player David Reichardt, and Dane Chadwick, our drummer, in junior…



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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

“Originally we wanted to be a band but it felt like a gang. [Bryan and Tim] flipped a coin and settled on Gang Gang Dance.” That is the inspirational story behind the weird yet cheerful name of the experimental electronic&h...