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Madison Desler

‘It’ll Make For A Good Documentary In 10 Years’ : LA Band The Knitts Long Road To Their First LP
‘It’ll Make For A Good Documentary In 10 Years’ : LA Band The Knitts Long Road To Their First LP

The San Fernando Valley—“The Valley” to all native Angelenos—contains 34 neighborhoods divvied up over 225 square miles. Often referenced in pop culture as “lesser Los Angeles” (I’m looking at you Clueless) these neighborhoods house a population hovering right around 1.75 million—a huge number exceeded only by New York City, Chicago, Huston, and Greater Los Angeles. On a bleak, drizzly day earlier this month, I found...

Dan and Drum Make The Best Music You’ve Never Heard With ‘Growl Pop’
Dan and Drum Make The Best Music You’ve Never Heard With ‘Growl Pop’

Growl Pop is the name of the album, but also the self-ascribed genre that Dan Schechter (the “Dan” in Dan and Drum) creates. A hard-to-pin mix, it’s like putting trip-hop, folk, and soul in a blender with a giant question mark. Add in Schechter’s ulta-agile voice and lyrical acumen and you have a musical force to be reckoned with. So what does it sound like?...

TIM CARR: The Fell Runner And Americans Drummer Goes It Alone
TIM CARR: The Fell Runner And Americans Drummer Goes It Alone

Between playing drums for The Americans and Fell Runner, filming the upcoming documentary, American Epic, and prepping for the release of his first solo album, the gorgeous, folk-infused The Last Day Of Fighting (Dec. 16), 2016 has been a busy one for Tim Carr. When we speak over the phone, he’s in Chicago, resting up after a lengthy tour, and he sounds more than relieved...

‘Heart Song’: An Intimate, Introspective Stunner From Jess Williamson
‘Heart Song’: An Intimate, Introspective Stunner From Jess Williamson

Instead of falling into the dreaded sophomore slump after her critically acclaimed debut, Native State, Austin songstress Jess Williamson digs in even deeper on Heart Song. Over seven sparse, stunning tracks, Williamson mines the nitty-gritty of the human heart, reminding us  there’s beauty to be found in wounded vulnerability; the experience and transcendence that can be wrung out of hurt, of doubt, of feeling. Like...

One Day At Desert Trip: Conclusions From Day 3 Of ‘Old People Coachella’
One Day At Desert Trip: Conclusions From Day 3 Of ‘Old People Coachella’

Miles Davis once said, “A legend is an old man with a cane, known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.” Good old Miles might of changed his tune if he were alive to witness weekend one of Desert Trip in Indio, California, where six music monoliths hit the stage and showed everyone that “legend” and “still doing it,” are anything but...

10 Things I Learned About Life From Bruce Springsteen’s New Autobiography
10 Things I Learned About Life From Bruce Springsteen’s New Autobiography

“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” music legend Bruce Springsteen muses at the end of his 500+ page autobiography, Born To Run. “At the end of the day, it’s just another story, the story you’ve chosen from the events in your life.” Coming from someone who has built an iconic career, with beloved songs that tell other people’s stories —the moon-eyed dreamers, the blue-collar...

Public Access TV Prove Rock’s Not Dead (Not Yet, Anyway) With ‘Never Enough’
Public Access TV Prove Rock’s Not Dead (Not Yet, Anyway) With ‘Never Enough’

Anointed ‘the new Strokes’ before they even released an album, Public Access TV prove they’re playing their own game on their debut LP, Never Enough. If you’re a rock fan in this day and age, Never Enough is the kind of album you dream about. Capturing the transition between the prog-y 70’s and the dance-dominated 80’s, when New Wave came on the scene with it’s...