Every year seems to bring more entrants to the Northern California music festival scene. The latest is First City, a two-day festival this August at the Monterey fairgrounds that will bring out big, indie-leaning names like Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, Toro y Moi, and Neko Case for ... More >>
Joseph SchellBlitzen Trapper and The MoondoggiesThe FillmoreJune 30, 2010Better than: hanging out on some train tracks, drinking whiskey, occasionally shooting a lover or two ...Blitzen Trapper frontman Eric Earley belongs on center stage -- that much was clear last night when the Portland-based ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>
By Michael Roberts
In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They'r ... More >>
Blitzen TrapperTuesday, Dec. 2, 2008The IndependentWords by Jennifer Maerz, photo by Chrissy LoaderBetter than: Seeing the Parson Red Heads alone.I recently read an interview with M.I.A. where she laughed off the fact that in the beginning, record labels had no idea where to place her music. Makes s ... More >>