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An Interview with Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros

Craft Spells is primarily the solo project of California-born musician Justin Vallesteros. “Idle Labor”, his first release under the moniker in 2011, was widely acclaimed for its dreamy pop sensibilities and exuberant lead single "After the Moment".   After touring behind their promising debut as well as releasing a follow-up EP entitled “Gallery”, Craft Spells… Continue reading


An Interview with Telepathy Problems’ Ryan McKeever

Seeds: Let’s start with you. Are you originally from Omaha? Ryan: I was born in Lincoln, but I moved to Omaha when I was five. I consider it my home much more than Lincoln. Seeds: And you’ve been a part of the Omaha music scene for how many years now? Ryan: I’ve been performing in Omaha since I was… Continue reading

Playlist: Steezy Listening

This time of year, it’s easy to fall into a mid-semester slump. Coursework begins to fall to the wayside in the wake of winter apathy.  Luckily, there’s a salve for these seasonal doldrums: upbeat, melodic guitar pop. It’s like a warm, energizing alphabet soup, but the only letters are the major chords. Uh, yeah, clumsy… Continue reading


Tie Die Your Life: An Interview With Literature

  Literature is a Philadelphia-based jangle-pop outfit consisting of Kevin Attics, Nathaniel Cardaci, Seth Whaland and Chris Schackerman. In 2012, they released their first album “Arab Spring”, and endearingly lo-fi mix of jittery anxiety and sugary pop songcraft.   This year the band returned with their sophomore album “Chorus”, for which they experimented in the… Continue reading


Raw Spaces: An Interview With The Antlers’ Peter Silberman

The Antlers first rose to prominence in 2009, when they received critical acclaim for their masterwork “Hospice”, an emotionally ragged and vulnerable concept album which told the heartbreaking story of a hospice worker falling in love with a terminal patient. Earlier this year, the band released their fifth studio album, “Familiars”. On “Familiars”, Silberman’s voice… Continue reading

Review – Avi Buffalo “At Best Cuckold”

Four years ago Avi Buffalo, a California-based indie pop act spearheaded by singer-songwriter Avi Zahner-Isenberg, released their self-titled debut. It was an instantly appealing release; an album chock full of hummable, catchy hooks and cheeky songwriting. After this release, however, the band went silent until earlier this year. On September 10th, the band released their… Continue reading

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 Coverage

Pitchfork Music Festival, held annually in Chicago’s Union Park,  showcases a diverse range of popular and emerging indie artists. Gorgeous weather and a killer lineup made for a fun and comfortable festival experience this past weekend. Check out some of our favorite acts below. DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS: THE HAXAN CLOAK: The Haxan Cloak is the… Continue reading


Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 | Highlights and Coverage

These days you practically can't walk down the street without stumbling into a music festival. They're all over the place, in cities all across the country. With all of the festival options available to the average music fan, what makes Pitchfork a worthy prospect? While other festivals like Bonaroo and Lollapalooza boast dozens of trendy,… Continue reading