Posts made in August, 2012


Celebrating their second full-length release in 4 years, Australian quartet Van She show they have lost none of their potency. Their unabated electronic style has attracted listeners for not only its uniqueness but also its honesty. The band distills Caribbean influences on Idea of Happiness, the pinnacle of this perhaps being “Jamaica,” which interprets the music of one nation’s maritime culture through the lens of another’s. The...

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When established musicians get together to form supergroups, there is always the temptation to look at the group as the synthesis of all other groups associated with it. For instance, the Canadian supergroup Swan Lake is always going to be Destroyer+Wolf Parade+Frog Eyes to some people. Divine Fits, however, is not necessarily Spoon+Wolf Parade+New Bomb Turks. Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner, and Sam Brown (of their respective bands) have...

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A few months ago I conducted a phone interview with Kelly Crisp, one half of North Carolina’s The Rosebuds. It is rare to sit down with an artist that is both equally talented and gracious, but the twenty-five minutes I spent with Ms. Crisp were enough to convince me she possessed both of those traits in excess. What follows is the transcript of that phone interview, initially recorded for 90.5 KCSU on Thursday, July 14, 2011.  Alex...

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There is a reason why people are proud to be a Fort Collins’ local; we have some awesome stuff come out of this town. Maybe it’s because I’m already in weekend mode, but the thought of a cold Red Hoptober in my hand couldn’t sound better. Or maybe it’s because I’ve spent the last few days listening to the new album from local band Fierce Bad Rabbit. If anything makes me proud to live in Fort Collins, it’s these folks. Formed by front...

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