The slow-burning career trajectory of the National is similar to their songs and albums themselves. What starts as a gentle wave of emotion and intrigue gradually swells to a point where the listener simply gets swept up in the raw sentiments of the track, eventually taken somewhere far different fr ... More >>
It's no surprise that the worldly, chamber-pop charms of the Minneapolis quintet Dark Dark Dark has found an audience throughout the U.S. and Europe. Their sound has both a classic appeal and modern flourishes that are pleasing both to the ear as well as the heart. At their transfixing Who Needs Wh ... More >>
It's been over three years since California's Local Natives released their debut album -- the sun-smeared, harmony-laden Gorilla Manor -- and a lot has changed since then with the Los Angeles five-piece. For starters, they're now only a four-piece, after bassist Andy Hamm left the group in 2011. The ... More >>
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There's been a lot of talk about Sharon Van Etten lately, and it's deserved. Her third album, Tramp, features indie music powerhouses like Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Beirut's Zach Condon, Aaron Dessner of the National, and Van Etten, who used to be better known as a ... More >>
Photo by D. L. AndersonBon Iver's page on the Jagjaguwar site is down this morning, which can only mean one thing: Today's the day when the Indiana indie label is unveiling the details for the band's sophomore album. Last month, bandleader Justin Vernon conducted an interview with Rolling Stone t ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterApril is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.
Photos by Steve CohenThe NationalAugust 6, 2010First AvenueOn Friday, for the second night in a row the National played to a packed house at First Avenue. It was hot outside, and both hot and steamy inside, but nobody seemed to mind much. Since the release of their much-anticipated, almost univer ... More >>