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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Label Luck

Nick Lowe may have proclaimed his appreciation for his record company with his tongue-in-cheek ode “I Love My Label," but San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall genuinely is head over hills for his musical home, Drag City Records.

“Drag City is the f--king best man. They're really cool and they give a shit,” Segall says.

Segall says its the sort of label where he can call them whenever, just...

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A New Groove

Mat Kearney set his acoustic guitar aside during the songwriting sessions for his new album, Young Love.

The Nashville-based Kearney instead created tunes by starting with programming beats and grooves on a computer, then building songs around the rhythmic skeleton.

“It's probably not the most traditional album I've ever made,” he says.

Kearney says it can be paralyzing to create songs...

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<p>  Gomez</p>On the Same Page

 

Over the course of six albums, Gomez have built a reputation for warping their Brit-pop sound with plenty of genre-hopping tics and off-kilter arrangements.

But the band had a new vision for its seventh album, the recently-released Whatever's On Your Mind, guitarist/vocalist Tom Gray says.

It's a very melodic record, he says. It's a refined, streamlined take on what the band does. The...

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Heavenly Confluence

The seeds for collaboration between Man Man’s Ryan Kattner and Islands’ Nick Thorburn were planted in 2006.

They just took five years to sprout into Mister Heavenly, a trio rounded out by drummer Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse.

Kattner, who performs as Honus Honus, says he wanted to see how his voice, a low, rough and husky carnival barker’s call, would pair with the higher-register voice of...

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