Past Stories

Hittin’ the Road

“We are just trying to make good music. I guess that’s how I would define us: people consistently trying to make good music.” Despite line-up changes and constantly switching labels, Colour Revolt has never steered away f...


This Ain’t Grateful Dead or The Velvet Underground

Growing up with a grandfather who owned a radio station and a mother who helped run the place, Bobby Hecksher couldn’t help but soak up the sounds of classic rock bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Surrounded by&h...


Reaching New Heights

The Horrors first album, Strange House, was a screaming, punk-drenched blast of experimental noise, garage rock and industrial metal. It featured thrashing guitars, clamoring drums and dirge-like organs for the black-clad, leat...



Shifting Sounds

Connor Shambrook, Luke Schoepf and Alex Guder had all been friends since the fourth grade before they became the Inland Empire rock band known as Foley. They first played for a church event, followed by a high school graduation...


Homeward Bound

Nashville-based trio The Ettes is no new comer to the indie scene. The Ettes released its first full-length album in 2006, and by 2008 the band was supporting the likes of The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and The Dead…


Chuck Norris Only Listens to A Welcome Distraction

The Bible on Kicking Ass, an album title still in-the-making for A Welcome Distraction, illustrates that the band is just that awesome. Hailing from El Monte, this alternative rock group is all about the nostalgia of our childh...



Movin’ on Up

Dom Kennedy is an independent hip-hop musician from Leimert Park, Los Angeles. While larger record labels mass-produce hip-hop artists so generic you can’t remember a single song they wrote a month after the album drops, Kenn...


I am He as You are He as. . .

Take a beautiful brunette at the microphone, a quick-witted and talented guitar player and throw them in a van with a little bit of Aaron Gillespie. What do you get? The rising indie band He is We. Right now, the…


Tighten Those Bolts

Rock and roll will never get away from the essential sound that came out of the ‘50s. Artists like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis made music that future musicians of the genre either parallel or build upon&hel...



Three Words That Became Easy to Say

Bob Crawford longed for one last hurrah. The bassist for roots rockers The Avett Brothers was preparing for the next chapter of his life—grad school—leaving behind his persona as a bar-band musician. But he couldn’t igno...


Music from the Heart

The ancient yet timeless musical brilliance that is the jazz genre is perpetuated by lively young artists of today’s generation, and Gina Saputo embodies that exuberance. In the past few years, she has traveled the world, per...


Electric Melody

StereoFidelics faced a conundrum. The band members liked the simplicity of playing as a duo, but sticking with just two band members left a stark absence: the thumb of a bass player. Yet, for Chris Padgett and Melissa McGinley,...



Erin Go Bragh

“We’re just a hard working band; we don’t really have delusions of grandeur,” says Dropkick Murphys bassist/vocalist Ken Casey. “We’re very content with where we are now—we can earn a living and tour around the wo...


Pucker Up!

The Black Lips is famous for its high-octane brew of hardcore, country and American rock. The band is also infamous for its shocking live performances where onstage nudity, urination and vomit are all possibilities. The group...


Folking Music

For Char and Robby Rothschild, it’s all about a return to the roots. The brothers’ affinity for traditional sounds and songs has earned them the folk-duo label, and with lyrics about the beauty of nature, that title is well...



The Paper Crowns

MEMBERS & INSTRUMENTS: Nicole Pond (vocals, guitar); Spiro Nicolopoulos (vocals, guitar, banjo); Jeremy Sheilds (drums); Mitch Medina (bass). CITIES OF ORIGIN: Devore, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland. RECENT RELEASE: The Paper Cro...


The Parody and the Ecstasy

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s diverse, multifaceted career includes his roles as a musician, comedian, lyricist, screenwriter, impersonator, parodist and actor. But there’s a recent addition to the aforementioned list for the 5...


Music that Soars

Paperplanes creates hard-working rock that speaks of love, pain, the good times and the bad. The band’s music roars across southern landscapes like steam trains in a storm. They’re best heard loud and seen live someplace at...



Galloping Success

Most bands want their music to end up in a record store. But not many bands start out in one, too. Kate Cooper and Damon Cox, the two halves of the musical whole that is An Horse, became friends while…


Dang, Young Whippersnappers

It’s not easy being an American rock star. As soon as you drop your sophomore release and critics slobber all over it, you’re opening for bands like Wilco, MGMT and Belle & Sebastian making the buzz hum louder. Then it...


Suds up with Baths

In a way, Will Wiesenfeld, known to those in the Beathead scene as Baths, has Björk to thank for his success. The rising glitch-hop star whose first release on Anticon records, Cerulean, received an honorable mention as one of...



Self-Taught

Slug is the lead singer and MC of Atmosphere, an independent hip-hop band from Minneapolis. The group combines addictive guitar hooks, provocative bass lines and solid drumbeats with Slug’s lyrical style to form a powerful, e...


Country Strong

The Stagecoach festival has always been able to pull big acts. This year’s country heavyweights include Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood. But the bookers have shown an interesting divergence from genre dedica...


Modern Romanticism

Alfred Darlington is the artist better known as Daedelus. Working out of his studio in Los Angeles he spins experimental electronica that can either hit hard with heavy, stomping bass, rev up the party with synthetic beats and ...



Like Father, Like Son

The Guthrie name has been synonymous with folk music and reasoned protest for almost a century. Anyone who picked up an acoustic guitar since World War II has had to confront, whether directly or indirectly, the influence of Wo...


A Troubadour’s Tale

To Scott Stapp, lead singer of the rock group Creed, music has always been an outlet through which he can better understand his faith, his life, and his ongoing struggle improving both of them. Creed provided a very public and&...


Firmly Planted

The Seedy Seeds have a certain frenetic-ism to their music. Their latest release, Verb Noun, begins with the barreling 8-bit arpeggios and heavy keyboard-organ octaves of “Run Down the Day.” Their percussion comes from both...



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Growing Up

What does it take to be named the Village Voice’s Best Appalachian Hardcore Band of 2006? There has to be some stiff competition in that category. Well, through the wince and whine of Greg Jamie–lead singer of New York band...