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Photo Review: Amen Dunes at Bunk Bar, July 11

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It can be a little jarring to witness an album as meticulously crafted as Amen Dunes' Love re-created live. Frontman Damon McMahon opened the band's show at Bunk Bar on July 11 with 'Lilac In Hand,' and despite the intimate venue, the song seemed to open up even wider than on record. McMahon continually fi...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Denver

Rowdy Love (Mama Bird Recording Co.)


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[STIFF COUNTRY] The byproduct of rocky relationships, loneliness and one too many drinks, Rowdy Love is nothing if not downtrodden. Denver’s sophomore record speaks to midlife troubles with th   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MARK STOCK

Amen Dunes: Friday, July 11

Damon McMahon’s pastoral urbanism.


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The first few moments of Amen Dunes’ latest record, Love, may well sum up the band. There’s a gentle, pacesetting guitar rhythm being chased by another lumbering guitar that can’t quite fi   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MARK STOCK

Dude York: Sunday, June 15

It’s all fun and games and punky guitar pop—until someone’s amp explodes.


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When a band writes a song called “The Assassination of Kurt Cobain by the Coward Dude York,” it probably doesn’t want you to take it too seriously. It’s a clever, snide, tongue-in-cheek ti   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MARK STOCK

Show Preview: Joseph Arthur, Carly Ritter


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Joseph Arthur found himself back in New York late last year in the wake of touring just after Lou Reed’s death. It was an unusually harsh winter, and soon the tireless musi   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Neal Morgan

Neal Morgan (Party Damage)


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[TALKING DRUMS] Neal Morgan is best known for his percussion work with Bill Callahan and Joanna Newsom. With Newsom, in particular, Morgan has contributed some of the most meticulous yet minimal   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARK STOCK

Show Preview: Sohn, Mr. Little Jeans, John Dee-J


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[SOUL-TRONICA] Christopher Taylor, aka Sohn, is a South London product currently producing, remixing and creating his own solo material from Vienna. Praise from heavy hitters, along with studio    More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MARK STOCK

Introducing...: Bearcubbin'


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Who: Chris Scott (guitar, keyboards), Mike Byrne (drums, electronics), Patrick Dougherty (bass). Sounds like: An intense Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting where all arguments are made on electric guitars   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MARK STOCK

Souvenir Driver: Wednesday, April 23

Portland shoegazers follow their bliss into an analog daydream.


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When Neil Young delivered the keynote address at South by Southwest last month, a lot of musicians were listening. He was pushing his new project, PonoMusic, a portable music player rendering digi   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 MARK STOCK

Live Review: A Treefort 2014 Wrap-Up

Bands under overpasses, bands in coffee shops, bands in 113-year-old bars and other highlights from the Boise music festival.

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There’s something interesting happening in Boise, Idaho: It’s the Friday morning of a busy festival weekend, and the locals are still in town.   The Treefort Music Festival, celebrating its third anniversary this year, is the pride of a changing town. Stylistically, it's loosely related to SXSW, fit with music, tech, film and literature...   More
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by MARK STOCK
 

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