Glenn Donaldson tells BTR about sketchy Craigslist communion and the importance of supporting quality songwriters. He also speaks of his prolific band, The Skygreen Leopards.
It’s true that Heartracer are unabashedly retro at their very essence, tapping into the ‘80s mainstream vein like true artisans of nostalgia. But it’s an homage that manages to expand beyond mere imitation of its predecessors.
Four best friends from Richmond, Virginia, comprise the rock collective known as Manatree. In some capacity or another they’ve been writing music for nearly a decade now. A couple of the members have even known one another since preschool.
Colombian big band leader Gregorio Uribe has become a colorful fixture of New York City’s vibrant Latin Jazz community. His debut album 'Cumbia Universal' is set to drop Oct 2, but the arrangements have tasted air for close to a decade now.
A group comprised of seven Berklee College students who are fusing traditional surf-rock elements with dreamy pop hooks that make it impossible not to dance.
Even in mathematics, there are exceptions to every rule. Lilith, a power trio based out of Boston, Massachusetts, manages to embrace the zany perfectionism of the genre while simultaneously eschewing some of its esotericism.
Blowing the walls off of expectations and any kind of timidity with stylized punk and razor sharp commentary, Boston's Tomboy are making more noise than a raucous self-detonating bomb. But it’s a bomb with intent.
Drawing from some of the heavy, darker elements of the local scene and fusing them with pop sensibilities, the band has created an album that’s catchy as hell while still revelatory.
Bent Knee is intent on twisting influences and genres into something that, ultimately, ceases to resemble the original shapes that formed it. They devise cataclysmic song structures with the wit and veracity of a malfunctioning robot intent on destroying its master.
The Fayetteville, Arkansas group of rag-tag musicians create songs that walk the fine line between suggestive complexity and a simplicity that makes everything not only palatable but rip-roaring fun.
A healthy dose of P-Funk style bass whallops and groove with elements of R&B, synth-fed glam, psychedelic squabbles, and sounds that seem like the ghost of Freddie Mercury is twisting its way through the madness? Toss it in, hit blend, and you've got Danny James.
While Mondo Drag drifts close to home for lovers of late '60s and early '70s psychedelic rock, there are plenty of nuanced surprises and enough kick-ass chemistry at work to satiate even the most skeptic contemporaries.
The Wandering Lake bring forth a spirited offering of electric-tinged folk that has a way of summoning sentimentality and nostalgia without ever becoming weighed down by it.
It started on the back porch of a party and has grown into unbreakable friendship, music and more. Ditch Cat, out of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is "gettin' it done," country with an edge.
Shawn James & The Shapeshifters isn't just another rag-tag ensemble of conventional string dusters. They may build expectations by resembling their Arkansas-based, traditional-playing contemporaries, but these rogue bluegrassers have discovered a noticeably harder edge.
David Block of Human Experience is not the easiest person to get a hold of. He just wrapped up a festival in Bali. He premiered one of his sets to an eclectic audience numbering in the thousands and representing close to 50 different countries. We finally pinned him down for an interview and it was worth the wait.
Being in a band is a bit like being in an open relationship--if you don’t have complete honesty chances are it’ll fall apart. Golden Drugs out of Oakland, California has found the perfect relationship balance.
For Jason Baldock and Gemma Dietrich of the British neo-soul inspired duo Rope Store, an underground bunker surrounded by three feet of concrete makes the perfect muse for songwriting.
Jared Garcia of Thieves and Gypsys discusses the band's start. Garcia also talks dropping out of school to follow music and expanding the sounds of a trio.
Capturing the spirit of the desert and embracing what it means to be an outlaw.
Budding songwriter Megan Burns is Flamingo Pink! When she's not directing a theater production of 'Mary Poppins' at the Santa Fe Performing Arts Center, she's also co-directing the artist collective known as 'Meow Wolf' and running her own clothing alteration company Tiger Deer.
Nacha Mendez' boasts a long line of musical accomplishments and rich diversity of collaborations that she has made possible over the years. She’s created garage rock with her family, played in a salsa band, studied flamenco guitar under the tutelage of Manuel Granados, and traveled with Robert Ashley’s avant-garde Opera Company.
Christopher Norman is a singer/songwriter and electronic music producer. Utilizing ethereal samples, soulful melodies, and a smattering of Minimoog synthesizer sounds, Norman sculpts music that is meant to be sifted through layer by layer.
A man in love with his Minimoog and chopping up cellos
David Berkeley sits down with BTR about living on the island of Corsica and merging the worlds of literature and music. His newest record, 'Cardboard Boat', is slated for release in late September.
Christy Hays is getting lost in the world and bringing back the stories of others. She might have started writing songs at the age of 14, but it wasn’t until she turned 27 that Hays decided she wanted to be a professional songwriter. In the time between, she fell in love with nature. After attending college for forestry Hays moved directly to Alaska where she could lose herself in the wilderness.
There’s a fresh slate of new highway signs to greet visitors as they wind along country roads into the state of Montana: pictures of lonesome mountains glazed with ice, tremulous elk with gazes fixed upon the horizon, and tumbleweeds rolling back and forth across the plains.
(Explicit content is present in this article.) The band on why they say the name isn’t harmful and opening our third eyes to the beyond.
There are many waves, but only a single ocean.
How sickness led to the sinister, sincere, and silly sides of a budding Austin rock band.
On working with the Flaming Lips and Bon Iver, samples on samples, and shoe gazing from the future.
On opening for Sonic Youth, deconstructing, and hustling to make music.
On folk noir, Spaghetti Westerns, and learning the harmonica.
Playing the cello like a drum, first love, and finding your home on the road.
Toting the line between Zen and zoot and realizing the band is family.
On companies fueling artists, layering perspectives, and taking the time to do it all right.
On marrying your singer, ditching the drums, and finding your spirit animal.
Playing with heroes, discovering music across continents, and stirring the jazz “soup.”
Roots reggae meets bluegrass meets Eastern philosophy and the importance of family.
On making a song good enough to play by yourself and reading young-adult British sci-fi novels.
Sidestepping the Hollywood legacy of his family to blaze a songwriting trail of his own.