David Beeman, of St. Louis band Old Lights, likes pop hits and the fact that his band's name is not rooted in meaning.
I recently had the chance to talk with violinist Jenavieve Varga of Lost in the Trees about what it takes to make the band's big, complex sound happen onstage and how it's possible to reconcile a love of chamber music with an affection for rock 'n' roll and platform heels.
It took awhile for Ben Hinn of Troubadour Dali and I to get together. Our first appointment fell through, and Hinn mistakenly showed up a day early for the second. When we were finally able to meet over coffee, Ben and I had a good, long conversation.
San Francisco knows its psychedelia. So when a young band like Sleepy Sun materializes from the Bay Area and quickly makes its name on the scene, you know that some serious psych fans have vetted them.
Craig Finn is a wordy chap -- but in the best way. For many of the Hold Steady's most ardent fans, Finn's narrative lyrics and spoken vocal delivery are central to the appeal.
I caught Jeff Prystowsky, multi-instrumentalist for the Low Anthem, during morning rehearsals for a short U.K. tour continuing to support the band's latest record, "Smart Flesh" (Nonesuch, 2011). The Low Anthem returns to the U.S. for fall dates beginning with a summer festival show in St. Louis.
Don't call it a comeback. Funk and soul have always played a part in Andy Noble's repertoire as a DJ, record collector and store owner.
An awesome sound just might come naturally to Austin's beautifully dissonant Ume -- either that or through hard work and passion.
I've been back from Lollapalooza for four days now, after being there for all three days for the first time. The blisters have healed, sunburn is aloe'ed to the gills, and leg muscles have finally relaxed to put some notes to paper.