River City Extension are still searching for their sound on new album
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There was a time when four-piece rock bands dominated the airwaves and filled stadiums all across the country, and even did so...
Red Baraat incorporates three drummers, four horns, a guitarist and well-placed electronic effects
Even toddlers like OK Go now. So why is ‘Hungry Ghosts’ their most melancholy record?
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Local rockers Rayburn Brothers are all about brotherly love and harmony, but the whole thing actually started out as a Craig Rayburn...
Ethan Miller steps up really, really close to the mic on his surprisingly intimate new Howlin’ Rain record
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Birthed in Santa Rosa, Chapter 11 Records now resides in the Santa Cruz Mountains, run by Ian Clark (from the Randumbs), Ben...
Why Peter Harper spent most of his life trying not to follow brother Ben’s musical path
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Jessica Pratt’s second album seeks to rectify the wrong impressions left by her surprise-hit debut
It was in the ’80s that reggae started to gain a wider, more international audience.
Give Slaid Cleaves a decade, and he’ll tell you how you feel
Grampa’s Chili is certainly an odd name for a band, and the members of said local psychedelic jam outfit have multiple explanations...
Kawehi’s obsession with automation bleeds from her sound into her lyrical concepts
Let’s start with the most obvious question about Dan Potthast’s new band, Sharkanoid: why are there no sharks on the cover of...
Over the Rhine find their greatest musical adventure right in their backyard
Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist have been performing as Over the Rhine for 25 years
I first saw Tristan “Phonetic” McCormick at Streetlight Records. With his hoodie up and headphones on, he would silently dig through the...
Jake Smith on why he prefers to keep his characters in the shadows as the White Buffalo
Blurring the boundary between electronic production and live music, the Floozies have a big, dense sound centered around Matt Hill’s laptop-and-gadget-wizardry and...
Anyone that thinks traditional Irish music is an archaic, boring experience needs to go to a Crooked Road Céilí show. It’s a...
Covers of Sufjan Stevens and Elliot Smith have exposed the world to Mikaela Davis’ unique harp style
After leaving Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson gets back to a rawer, simplified sound on his solo debut.
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When I saw the Bad Light last April, Edu Cerro’s metalish band had been searching for the right drummer for several months....
Local jazz’s prodigal son Smith Dobson V returns with a new sound
Alixandra Macmillan-Fiedel’s evocative songwriting fuels Ghost Tiger