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Bon Iver – A Gathering Storm

Bon Iver – A Gathering Storm

Often muted and spare on record, Bon Iver burns with an entirely different intensity live, a gathering storm of percussion and surging guitars all held together by Justin Vernon’s singing, the high and often spooky howl that stamps his music with such a tremendous feeling of isolation.

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Living in Their World

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Living in Their World

The band’s sugary indie-pop was refined slowly—and blessedly out of the spotlight, Berman says—over two years of tiny shows, almost exclusively for friends in a Lower East Side club that’s hardly a blip on New York’s music scene.

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The Fruit Bats – Melodic Sensibilities

The Fruit Bats – Melodic Sensibilities

The songs for The Ruminant Band started to come together as Johnson traveled with James Mercer and company. He describes being a Shin while onstage, and a Fruit Bat off stage.

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Fourkiller Flats – Hard Living & Heartache

Fourkiller Flats – Hard Living & Heartache

Now the Flats are releasing a new record—the band’s first since 2001 and just their second full-length overall. It’s hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll: rough, twangy and loud, and full of raise-your-drink-and-sing-along hooks.

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Vetiver – Catchy & Laid-Back

Vetiver – Catchy & Laid-Back

With a new album out on Sub Pop and a lengthy stretch of 49 shows this spring, Vetiver is garnering attention far beyond its San Francisco home, and transcending the freak-folk label the band has casually endured.

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Favorite Albums of 2008

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Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The Helio Sequence, The Tallest Man on Earth and James McMurtry are among 2008’s best.

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Chango Malo’s acoustic farewell to Don Jennings

Chango Malo’s acoustic farewell to Don Jennings

When the revered and dedicated host of the best local radio show ever makes a special request for his final show, it’s a simple one to grant. So no matter that a thundering, calamitous rock band has never played an acoustic show before, the wish must be granted. After all, what could be a more […]

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Interview: The Swim

Interview: The Swim

This afternoon I caught up with Caleb Christopher and Colton Harris from The Swim to talk about their new EP, Random Walk, which the band is debuting this Friday with a CD release show at Plush, along with Blankets, The Deludes and Mostly Bears. Since moving to Tucson from Prescott two years ago, Chrisopher, Harris […]

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Favorite Albums of 2007

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Okkervil River, Arcade Fire, Wilco, Feist and Band of Horses are among 2007’s best.

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