A Quick Q&A with Future Islands’ William Cashion

How to describe Future Islands' new record, On the Water (Thrill Jockey)? Well, if you're Pitchfork, who gave the record a 7.7 rating, you say: "With the songs' energy scaled back, the efforts of the other two band members come to the fore. Gerrit Welmers handles the keyboards and programming, bringing an evocative, setting-sun vibe to slowburners like "The Great Fire" (a soulful duet with Jenn...

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Tight Knit

Manchester Orchestra kept the process all in the family on their third studio album, Simple Math.

Keyboardist Chris Freeman says the Atlanta band produced the record, released in May 2011, with longtime band collaborator Dan Hannon. Hannon has been a part of every album the band has made, Freeman says.

“He's been like one of our family members,” Freeman says.

Hannon pretty much...

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Drawing a Bigger Landscape

Judge the Cold War Kids by their covers.

The California band aims to let the covers illustrate just what sounds lie lurking within, singer Nathan Willett says.

Each album's distinct differences are highlighted by the artwork, done by the band's own bassist Matt Maust. Their 2006 debut Robbers & Cowards featured lively pictures of friends and carried an upbeat vibe.

The follow-up Loyalty...

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The Best Road Warriors

Ten years ago I sat in my basement with a good friend who also happens to be a songwriter, puzzling over a double disc record Southern Rock Opera released by the then unheard-of Drive by Truckers. While the scorching guitars owed a debt to the classic Southern Rock tradition, there was something more to these songs, something tangible and real and gritty. The Truckers have released six solid...

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Banded Together

The version of Cymbals Eat Guitars that created the band's breakthrough 2009 debut album Why There Are Mountains has long since evolved.

Originally the project of singer/guitarist Joe D'Agostino and drummer Matthew Miller, the first line-up was cobbled together via Craigslist want ads.

Eventually, the three members that originally joined Miller and D'Agostino left the band and keyboardist...

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Rapid Risers

Josiah Johnson is still stoked on the response his band, the Head & the Heart, got at their Omaha show in June.

The Seattle-based band was in the middle of a run of dates opening for Iron & Wine. The crowd at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St., seemed to keep cheering and cheering after Johnson and his band mates finished the final song of their set.

“It was mind-blowing,” he says. “There was...

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