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Album Review: Mount Eerie – Sauna: Pop Press Pick

Phil Elverum is the James Joyce of Anacortes, Washington. Although any one of his works may not equate to the singular force of Ulysses, his cohesive and monolithic body of work as a…

Mesmerized by Dana Falconberry & Adam Torres at Cactus Cafe: Live Review

I’ve said it so many times before, I’m running of ways to explain Dana Falconberry’s transcendent shows. Saturday night at the Cactus Cafe yielded yet another phenomenal performance from this experimental folk act….

The Day Sufjan Stevens and Mount Eerie Both Shared New Music and We Thought We’d Died

I’ve had an ongoing conversation with a few friends during which I attempt to convince them that some value lies in identifying contemporary music’s (still active) most creative voices. Often, this results in some…

The Cost of Efficiency: Reflecting on Seeing The Blow

Without a doubt, computers have made our lives easier, more efficient, and more productive. The hours and effort saved by technological advances when quantified and totaled would surely yield staggering numbers. But does…

Worshiping with Prayher’s Minimalist Experimental Pop at Whip In

Phoebe Rayher was graced not only with an excellent voice but also with a first initial and last name that, when combined, work as a moniker that seems shockingly sensible in the current indie-rock…

Live Review: Shabazz Palaces Get Otherworldly at Red 7

Hip-hop can be a difficult genre to perform. In terms of actually “performing,” the result can be more karaoke than art exhibition. The easiest route for large scale stage productions usually revolves around…

Yonatan Gat Brings Killer Live Show to Cheer Up Charlies Tonight

This summer, I stumbled into catching a set by ex-Monotonix member Yonatan Gat. Floored doesn’t quite cover how taken I was with the performance, which had me sputtering incomprehensible praises of the show for…

Castanets Return with Excellent New Song, “Out For The West”

The early 200os rise of indie folk shaped what music I fell in love with during my formative years of discovering independent music. Among those artists was Raymond Raposa’s project Castanets. I listened to…

Psych Fest Preview: Q&A with Roger Sellers

Austin’s own Roger Sellers is one of a few local bands that will perform this year’s annual Austin Psych Fest. I’m always inspired by how Psych Fest reaches out to local artists as…

Album Review: RF Shannon – Hunting Songs (Pop Press Pick)

RF Shannon must’ve been born at some pre-dawn hour—those long, slow hours where minutes tick away like lingering drips from a leaky faucet. The Texas air is thick and humid. The roar of…

Album Review: Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Pop Press Pick)

Damien Jurado’s new album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, out earlier this month on Secretly Canadian, is a complex folk fever dream of an album—mysterious, dense, magical. I have fallen desperately…

Album Review: Scout Niblett – It’s Up to Emma

Scout Niblett’s newest effort It’s Up To Emma, out now on Drag City, presents a collection of raw, sparse, and eerie electric folk songs that sprawl out in moody tendrils. For those unfamiliar…

Soft Healer Live at Hotel Vegas

Distance isn’t keeping Soft Healer down. Though two members now reside in Ithaca, NY, the originally-Austin-based experimental pop group has just released a new EP and will be touring in the coming months….

Album Review: Jon Hopkins – Immunity

In the intro of  his fourth solo album, UK electronic musician Jon Hopkins (prominently known for his collaboration with Coldplay) takes us through a locked door and into a lone hallway where the…

Album Review: Cloud Boat – Book of Hours

Cloud Boat has created ambient and transcendental music in their first full length release, Book of Hours. This London duo doesn’t subscribe to contemporary compositional styles, injecting electronic elements into mournful ballads, like…

Album Review: Majical Cloudz – Impersonator (Pop Press Pick)

Here’s the thing about Majical Cloudz’ new album Impersonator — I can’t figure out what makes is so irresistibly good. And it very much is. More often than not, my brain over analyzes what makes…

Experimental Artist Colin Stetson Shares Three New Tracks

Colin Stetson, experimental saxophonist, will release his new effort New History Warfare Volume 3: To See More Light, out on Constellation April 30th. The label, which as release albums from the likes of Godspeed…

New Track: Malaikat Dan Singa – “I Create In the Broken System”

Arrington De Dionyso is legendary for his wild, experimental free jazz songs as Old Time Relijun. De Dionyso has kicked around with the likes of Ian Svenonius and a slew of folks from…

Album Review: Julian Lynch – Lines

The general consensus amongst those familiar with the longtime work of experimental folk artist Julian Lynch is that his fourth full album Lines is a more focused effort than previous ones. Having not…

Blues Control Live at Holy Mountain in Austin

Drag City is a label that has become prominent for working with indie darlings like Bill Callahan (Smog) and Joanna Newsom. However, fans forget that the label has a far more experimental leaning….

Show Preview: Blues Control Scratches Your Experimental Itch Saturday at Holy Mountain

Blues Control can be beautiful and delicate or thunderously distorted as they deliver their experimental brand and instrumental post-rock. What further interests me is the band’s affiliation with the renowned Drag City, who continue…

Eerie New Song, “Why Toto?” from Pearl Necklace

It sounds as if Pearl Necklace has documenting a haunted Shaolin temple with an 80s era boombox on their new song “Why Toto?” The track bears a consistent hiss and subtle sounds unfold…

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