FAO#21: Spiral Stairs, Lou Barlow, Grant Hart & Jim O’Rourke

With some notable exceptions, few long-serving artists can keep going the distance without breaking free from established career patterns.  Whether it is leaving a formative band, moving far away from a milestone album or an influential sound, to sustain creativity for the long-haul musicians have to forge new paths, even if it alienates inherited … [Read more...]

Polvo – In Prism

Guitar-stranglers Polvo dissipated with little fanfare, except to the consternation of their college rock cult following, after the tour for their previous album, Shapes, which came out on Touch and Go in 1997. After the eclectic sprawl of 1996’s double album Exploded Drawing, Shapes was a mirage of an album that sounded austere and severe, more … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO#17

A fellow enthusiast once advised this writer to "unplug the drip" of the music world in the wake of university years working in the student newspaper's music section and upon the inaugural publication of a long-forgotten photocopied fanzine.  Maybe this friend was trying benevolently - albeit in vain - to stop another fanatic being tethered too … [Read more...]

Pomegranates Live

All dates w/ Wye Oak (Merge Records) 04/15 Pittsburg, PA @ Brillobox * 04/16 Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House * 04/17 Chicago, IL @ Hideout * 04/18 Carleton, MN @ Basement * 04/19 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry * 04/20 Iowa, IA @ Public Space One * 04/21 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room * 04/22 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive * 04/23 Salt … [Read more...]

M Ward – Hold Time

So busy with his extracurricular commitments these days - notably as the male half of She & Him and as a production aide for the likes of Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis - Matt Ward's own solo career almost feels like it's the side-project, not the day-job.  This isn't necessarily a bad thing however; as it has allowed Ward to both develop his muse … [Read more...]