Tom Hagerman – Idle Creatures

There is addition by subtraction, when a band strips its sound down and gets to the core of it, yielding a rawer, truer vibe. Then there is simply subtraction by subtraction, when a band takes away something essential to its music, leaving it with less than it started with. Tom Hagerman, the violin, accordion, piano, Melodica man of DeVotchka, has … [Read more...]

Elin Palmer – “Postcard”

Sweden is best known for spawning Abba. In the underground we know better and can put the Abba reference behind us and note that Jose Gonzalez is a Swede. Ok great, now that we've gotten that out of the way here comes Elin Palmer. She's played with a nice little handful of respected artists such as Devotchka, The Fray, and M. Ward. If Regina … [Read more...]