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Apr 11, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Back in 1997 on their first-ever U.S. tour, in support of Pavement, Mogwai was anointed by no less an authority than Stephen Malkmus as "the first band of the 21st century." When reminded of this, their guitarist Stuart Braithwaite says with a laugh, "We're getting old! But that was a very nice thing for him to say."  More

Apr 10, 2014 Web Exclusive

When one thinks of Lydia Loveless, Fleetwood Mac isn't the first thing that comes to mind. The 20-something Ohio-born country punk has filled three albums with her own particular brand of Americana-laced rock and roll and, as her blistering live shows can attest, she doesn't exactly hew to the Stevie Nicks style of flowing gowns and mystic balladry. More

Apr 09, 2014 Web Exclusive

When it appeared in the spring of 1983, Aztec Camera's debut album, High Land, Hard Rain, was an acoustic-driven breath of fresh air. Led by teenaged singer/songwriter/guitarist Roddy Frame, the Scottish band offered a batch of memorable songs that deserved a broader audience than they reached at the time, from the infectious "Oblivious" and "Pillar to Post" to the introspective "The Bugle Sounds Again." More

Apr 08, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Warpaint vocalists/guitarists Theresa Wayman and Emily Kokal share a musical connection that dates back to when they met in choir class at the age of 11. The two friends, growing up in Eugene, Oregon, walked along the same route to school and would make up songs along the way. More

Apr 07, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Pensive, languid melodies are the name of the game on Real Estate's third LP, Atlas. The band largely jettisons the influences of its New Jersey brethren Yo La Tengo and The Feelies throughout this soft-hewn album, instead nodding heavily to '80s Brit cult icons Felt. Frontman Martin Courtney concurs. More

Apr 04, 2014 Web Exclusive

Minutes before Small Black's energetic and dance-fueled set at one of Under the Radar's SXSW 2014 parties last month, they were lamenting the somber feeling that hovered in the atmosphere, amid the cool spring breeze and food truck smells.  More

Apr 03, 2014 Web Exclusive

It's been four years since Avi Buffalo's breezy guitar pop-infused self-titled debut was released by Sub Pop in 2010. Frontman and songwriter Avi Zahner-Isenberg officially confirmed in February that a new album is on the way. More

Apr 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

Dum Dum Girls' third full-length album, Too True, represents a new chapter in the musical life of frontwoman Dee Dee (who used to go by Dee Dee Penny, but now prefers no surname). After the tragic death of her mother, which informed 2011's Only In Dreams, Dee Dee slowly started to exorcise her pain and hurt. The band's subsequent End of Daze EP found her  More

Apr 01, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Sharon Jones admits that she didn't want to do the video for "Stranger to My Happiness," the second single from her new album, Give the People What They Want. More