Shearwater fans need not worry: they're "not turning into a cover band". So says principle songwriter Jonathan Meiburg, who recently performed a set of covers live in the KEXP studio. Their new album, Fellow Travelers, in fact, consists exclusively of cover songs written by tour companions of the Austin band, which include a surprisingly wide range of artists like Folk Implosion, ClinicSt. Vincent, The Baptist Generals, Xiu Xiu and Coldplay. In his interview with Cheryl Waters, Jonathan Meiburg calls it a "reboot" a way to "look forward and a look back" at the people he and bandmates Kimberly Burke and Thor Harris have traveled with, just before they themselves get on with their new record. Fellow Travelers, though, is no off-track excursion but a significant landmark on their remarkable journey.
Wye Oak's "Mary Is Mary"
Angels of Light's "Black River Song"
Frank Ocean's "Novacane"
Not sure if it's a compliment to be called a "thinking man's metal band" (or at least, it's not so nice to the other metal bands), but long running alternative metal band Helmet have always made smart music that never loses its punch. Vocalist/guitarist Page Hamilton founded the group back in '89...
With all the information passing between people on the internet, I suppose it’s no wonder an amazing band could form via Craigslist – yet, it still comes as a bit of a surprise that JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound came together this way. It’s like hearing the perfect couple met on a dating web sit...