R.ariel

Music Notes: Apr 16 – Apr 22

R.ariel / Thu, Apr 16 (8 pm) This Phoenix, Ariz gal, aka Rachel Crocker, is on a rambling, snaky solo tour of North America, booking shows as she goes. Brian Eno gave her props for her solo psych-fol...
Hard-rock mainstays

Clutch keeps it close to the chest

Firsts can be nice, journalism-wise (scoops!), but, on occasion, somewhat double-edged. Case in point: a few minutes into a conversation with Clutch’s Tim Sult, he acknowledges this to be the f...
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BA Johnston’s Shit Sucks

“You’ll start off strong,” BA Johnston begins. “Usually, McDonald’s heavy, with a lot of McDoubles. But by the second day, you start putting rules in, like you’ll ...
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Laila Biali is ready to pop

“I wouldn’t describe it as a split; it’s not like I’m Beyoncé then all of a sudden I’m Sasha Fierce,” Laila Biali says. The Vancouver-born artist, who has made her...
// Rick Kosick

Strung Out tunes into the signal

“We write what we write, and we’re good at one thing: sounding like Strung Out,” says Jason Cruz, frontman of the venerable punk band that’s been stirring up mosh pits since 1...
The Freecloud Records crew, including owner Rich Liukko, left, unpacks some Record Store Day shipment // Paul Blinov

The true meaning of Record Store Day

When Record Store Day first emerged in 2007, it was a collection of physical music retailers attempting to put their backs up against what had been one of the roughest years on record for physical mu...
Ashlea Wessel

On the Record with Sun K

Kristian Montano cut his teeth on folk melodies, but as the band that would eventually become Sun K came together, elements of blues and rock entered the mix. The five-piece—rounded out by keyboardis...
Green Jellÿ

Music Notes: Apr 9–15

Michael Jerome Browne / Fri, Apr 10 (8:30 pm) Michael Jerome Browne’s stacked up accolades like a hungry man stacks flapjacks: a triple-Juno nominee and two-time winner of the Canadian Folk Mus...