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Grieves

"Emotional storytelling" rapper's signature

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Aug 14,2012 - Where would Benjamin Laub be today if it wasn’t for the Wu? Around the late 1990s, the Chicago-born, Colorado-bred Laub was not the MC better known today as Grieves, but rather a kid who was seriously into punk rock.

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Tycho

Constructing a luscious audiovisual feast

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jun 21,2012 - Scott Hansen is a patient but determined man. As the mastermind of ambient electronica project Tycho and the graphic designer also known as ISO50, Hansen speaks about carefully thought-through plans

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Dirty Beaches

Chewed-up sounds about time & distance

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // May 24,2012 - Alex Zhang Hungtai’s most crucial idea for Dirty Beaches didn’t originate in a bedroom, studio or other conventional station of creativity.

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The Drums

NYC band are happy to be miserable

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // May 3,2012 - “Let’s Go Surfing” is so terribly deceptive. The track, which appears on The Drums’ Summertime! EP (2009) and their self-titled debut LP (2010), yielded the first burst of attention for the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band

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Megafaun

Stirring flavors of folk into something strong

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Mar 22,2012 - Cumulatively, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Who have been cited by bands as influences for their records approximately 34 million times.

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Mr. Dream

Post-punk purveyors walk a few fine lines

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Mar 8,2012 - The men of Mr. Dream live in a dump. Technically, it’s an apartment, but it feels more like a cramped, grime-ridden hell—a hovel where rats roam freely,

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Twin Sister

Indie-poppers revel in their eccentricities

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Feb 9,2012 - Twin Sister’s In Heaven is a record packed with people whom Andrea Estella seems to know very well. Ask the vocalist about certain characters from the band’s first full-length, and she handily rattles off some colorful details.

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Cory Branan

Singer-songwriter blends comedy & misery

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Nov 17,2011 - Singer-songwriters tend to be dramatic, depressing folk. More often than not, when some guy picks up a guitar and croons by his lonesome ...

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RX Bandits

RX Bandits say goodbye, for now

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jul 21,2011 - Steve Choi gives interviews like he’s a politician. The RX Bandits’ guitarist/keyboardist doesn’t speak like a hypocritical scumbag of a politician

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Maus Haus

SF band can't control creativity

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jul 7,2011 - Interviewing three members of Maus Haus at the same time has much in common with listening to a Maus Haus song.
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