Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cody Chesnutt’s ‘Headphone Masterpiece’

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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Streetside: ‘Oh Comely’, Dear Neutral Milk Hotel, Back to Seattle’s Neptune Theater; April 4

In 2012, Jeff Mangum visited Seattle’s The Moore Theater for two nights, the first of which – as was the case at dates across the country – sold out almost instantaneously. It marked the first […]

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Streetside: Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) at Some Couple’s Living Room in Portland, OR; March 20

“I like to play in these live settings because nobody has any idea what I’m saying on the record,” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah statesman Alec Ounsworth quipped to an audience of 50, sitting indian-style […]

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RIFF’d: Aloe Blacc’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’

The past few years have been big for Aloe Blacc. He’s gone from a relatively obscure player in R&B to being a star on the rise with his music being heard by millions. It’s been […]

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Listing: 5 Darkly Poignant Lyrics from St. Vincent’s ‘St. Vincent’

St. Vincent‘s return comes with a new look, but also with a heavy dose of distorted, synthesized funk. It’s a bit weirder than her past fare, but she actually seems to be getting new converts […]

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RIFF’d: Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’

Angel Olsen doesn’t run from her experiences. She buckles down and finds inspiration in them, channeling whatever unrequited emotions there are into song. It’s not an altogether groundbreaking technique, but one that she’s grown with […]

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Spotlight: Jen Wood

Twelve years ago, emotional-downtempo producer Dntel pleased his cult fanbase by wrangling some guest vocals out of future-O.C.-darling Ben Gibbard. The resulting track would be so well loved, it would inspire them to form an indie-tronic pet […]

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Streetside: Sub Pop Turns 25 in Seattle; July 13

Sub Pop Records can now legally rent a car. By some accounts, the label is actually 27 years old, but this free, block-party-style festival dubbed the ‘Silver Jubilee‘ officially marked 25 years for the brand that […]

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Streetside: Yuna Embraces Chicago’s Takin’ It To The Streets Fest with Regal Grace; June 15

Organized by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), the 15th annual Takin’ It the Streets Fest in Chicago is one of the few celebrations where music takes a definitive backseat to social politics. Across the […]

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Listing: 5 Gimmick-Free Gems from She & Him’s ‘Volume 3′

She & Him are nothing if not an aesthetic wonder – before lyricist and frontwoman Zooey Deschanel was Fox’s “New Girl,” she was still a full-time “manic pixie dream girl” in just about every previous […]

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