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by Jonathan Frahm

22 Sep 2017


Photo: Chad Hess

When sisters Leah and Chloe Smith set out to start a band in 2005, they began with one goal: to preserve roots music. For 12 years now as Rising Appalachia, they’ve been doing just that, melding folk sounds from around the world into interpretations both faithful and contemporary.

by Jonathan Frahm

22 Sep 2017


Photo: C. Taylor Crothers

In the midst of the American garage rock scene, we’ve seen several acts in recent years bubble up towards the top of the indie pop radar. Artists like Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz have found repute for their grungey, pop-accessible sounds, and now New York’s Gladshot is following in their contemporaries’ footsteps.

by Jedd Beaudoin

21 Sep 2017


Photo: Diane Russo

OxenFree’s latest single, “Machine”, demonstrates the Brooklyn outfit’s ability to create music that deftly walks the line between tuneful and angry, channeling primitive angst but doing so with musical sophistication. Culled from the group’s Another Land EP, due out 13 October, the song’s dance between the primal and the evolved isn’t entirely accidental, as member Jeff Doyle points out.

by Jonathan Frahm

21 Sep 2017


In spite of his age, singer, guitarist, and harmonicist Jack Skuller fronts his namesake band the Skullers with all of the verve of a veteran who’s been at it for decades.

by Jonathan Frahm

21 Sep 2017


Opening with a driving electric riff, Lone Kodiak‘s “Smile” is an emotional indie rocker with a progressive sound. Following partially in the footsteps of bands like the Head and the Heart or the National Parks’ recent sonic evolutions, their music is accentuated by layers of sensible pop sounds.

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