.Mark Keresman

Jul 16, 2014

Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Music can be ephemeral or it can be timeless. In that second category, a song can be of the moment and/or sound as if...
Jul 9, 2014

Tommy Wallach

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Wallach evokes the time in music history — 1966-70 — when refined, thoughtfully constructed songs topped the pop charts....
Jul 2, 2014

Helio Parallax

In the manner of "collectives" Steely Dan and Material, Helio Parallax has a core membership — multi-instrumentalist Josh Werner, trumpeter Takuya Nakamura, and dubbing/mixing...
Jun 11, 2014

Half-Handed Cloud

Half-Handed Cloud is the project of Oakland resident John Ringhofer. Like associate Sufjan Stevens — who not-so-coincidentally worked on the mixing of Half-Handed Cloud's...
Jun 3, 2014

The Fresh & Onlys

For their fifth full-length release, San Francisco's The Fresh & Onlys have expanded upon their Sixties-oriented neo-garage-rock approach — without leaving it behind. Traditional...
May 29, 2014

Aurelio Valle

While it's more recently known for its reactionary politicians, Texas has a prosperous cultural history — after all, it spawned The Thirteenth Floor Elevators,...
May 29, 2014

Jolie Holland

Few singers embody the breadth of American music in the manner of Jolie Holland. Her approach reflects not just the influences of rock, gospel,...
May 21, 2014

Rachel Taylor Brown

A haunted woman singing at a piano may conjure images of Tori Amos and her intense angst, or other stereotypically sensitive songstresses baring their...