After releasing a stunning debut album and signing with vaunted indie label Merge Records, San Francisco rocker Mikal Cronin today releases his second album, MCII. The 10-song collection continues where his debut left off, with driving, hugely melodic pop-rock songs and even more instrumental subtle ... More >>
So Mikal Cronin -- the S.F. rocker whose 2011 debut proved way more hooky than its modest garage trappings suggested -- has a new album coming out May 7 on Merge Records. "Shout It Out," the first single, ups Cronin's debut with sleek production and a pretty much indelible chorus, the kind that ling ... More >>
One of the breakout stories in San Francisco rock last year was that of Mikal Cronin, a longtime pal of local garage-rocker Ty Segall, whose debut album blew us -- and lots of others -- away. Well, it looks like Cronin's tuneful songwriting made its way into the ears of some folks over at vaunted in ... More >>
Poor Mark Eitzel. The San Francisco songwriter, who's known for the gorgeous, gloomy music he's put out both solo and with American Music Club, has been soliciting advice from a whole host of people ahead of the release of his new album, Don't Be a Stranger, on Oct. 2. Unfortunately, as videos of th ... More >>
When Arcade Fire, led by gregarious frontman Win Butler, won Album Of The Year at the 53rd Grammys in an upset last night, it sparked a firestorm of online discussion and sent the indie community, led by tastemaker publication Pitchfork, into a virtual priapism. The Best Album Grammy usually ... More >>
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Swedish popsters Shout Out Louds recorded their upcoming album Work with the Northwest's go-to indie pop producer, Seattle's Phil Ek. The first single off Work, "Fall Hard," is reimagined in this video clip as being part of a performance on " ... More >>