A Tame Impala Won’t Bite: Let’s Listen To Lonerism

Australia is a funny place for us Americans. When we think of Australia, we think of dingos, absurdly large knives,  kangaroos, Ugg boots, shrimp on BBQs, men in khaki hunting crocodiles, and the systematic repression of native indigenous peoples (dammit Australia, that’s America’s thing! Get your own style and stop copying). Australia is “upside down” […]

Songs and Stories with Dirty Three

I’m standing in the front row at Neumos, a mid-size music venue on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, wondering why there’s a mic stand on stage. It’s an object that most concert-goers take for granted, marking the place where the lead singer will stand (for most of the performance, at least). But at a Dirty Three show, […]

The Band Saskwatch, Not Sasquatch the Forest Monster

It’s not often we come across an album that can fit so many different moods.  Whether it’s time to wake up, stay up all night, recover from an infamous break-up, or just wind down from a stressful Monday, Melbourne’s powerhouse soul sensation, Saskwatch, manages to pull all of it off in their new album, Leave […]

Old Soul, Young Folk: Willy Mason

It’s a sweltering night in the middle of July in New York City. The narrow and crowded Two Moon Art House & Cafe in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope is hosting a night of folk music. Musician Kristin Andreassen is entertaining a modest audience of around 20-some people, opening for a surprise act that the show’s curator announced […]