Lars Gotrich

Lars Gotrich appears in the following:

First Listen: Death Blues, 'Ensemble'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jon Mueller is thinking about death. It sounds like a hammer hitting an acoustic guitar. William Ryan Fritch joins the Volcano Choir drummer for a blown-out, hyper-real orchestra of the self.


Viking's Choice: Nathan Bowles, 'Chuckatuck'

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Featuring a scorched guitar solo by Charalambides' Tom Carter, Bowles carves out his own corner of clawhammer-banjo-based music on his second solo album.


Viking's Choice: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, 'I Ain't Waiting'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The guitar virtuoso seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead, taking a line from the former's iconic "Marquee Moon" as a song title.


Viking's Choice: Accept, 'Final Journey'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Could Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg have guessed that, one day, a cocksure German heavy metal band — now 40 years strong — would pay tribute to his "Morning Mood" melody?


Steve Gunn And Mike Cooper, 'Pony Blues'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Director Champ Ensminger's lush video for "Pony Blues" takes the blues out of the Delta and into the jungles of Thailand for an unsettling ghost story.


U.S. General Killed In Afghanistan Was On First Combat Deployment

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

An attacker wearing an Afghan military uniform shot at service members from the NATO-led coalition. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene is the highest-ranking U.S. officer killed in a war-zone since Vietnam.


Newport Folk 2014 In Photos

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We saw more than 50 bands over three days during the 55th anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival in seaside Rhode Island. Here are some of the moments we'll remember.


First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North'

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Inspired by the birth of a child and a new career, Austin Lunn's triumphant, ebullient new album as Panopticon steps outside his curveball mixture of metal and American folk.


Viking's Choice: Witch Mountain, 'Psycho Animundi'

Friday, July 25, 2014

The doom metal band sure has been busy since 2011. Hear the leadoff track from its third LP, Mobile of Angels. It's indebted to heavy blues and — surprisingly — Fairport Convention.


Song Premiere: Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), 'A Keepsake'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A straightforward storyteller, Keith Latinen works in details and similes, not abstraction and metaphor. Braid's Bob Nanna sings a verse in this lilting emo song from the long-running duo.


Marisa Anderson: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Anderson knows where American guitar music has been and where it is now. But mostly, she just wants to kick up some dirt, here with a Rev. Gary Davis deconstruction and a Stratocaster hoedown.


Viking's Choice: Sleep, 'The Clarity'

Friday, July 18, 2014

Two decades after the epic Dopesmoker was written, "The Clarity" presents Sleep at its heaviest and weediest. The band describes it as a "lyrical follow-up to a lifetime of marijuana enjoyment."


Carmen Lundy On Piano Jazz

Friday, July 18, 2014

The contralto joined host Marian McPartland in 2000 to perform "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and Lundy's own piece, "Quiet Times."


First Listen: Joyce Manor, 'Never Hungover Again'

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The SoCal punk band's Smiths obsession makes for a confident, focused, 19-minute record that still gleefully indulges in pick scrapes and fast three-chord songs.


First Watch: Daniel Bachman, 'Coming Home'

Friday, July 11, 2014

In a Virginia sanctuary, the acoustic guitarist sits down with a slide to perform a song inspired by his mental state after a long tour: "slow, exhausted, defeated."


First Listen: Braid, 'No Coast'

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The emo band's first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs, each well-positioned to remind fans why they fell in love with Braid in the first place.


Viking's Choice: Pallbearer, 'The Ghost I Used To Be'

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In the song's first 20 seconds, the doom-metal band strides along with unmistakable heft, like a knight returned victorious from battle. But it's a ruse.


Viking's Choice: Sweat To The Metallic Gloom, Ye Mortals

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Epochryphal Gloom" digs into the gnarliest extremes of metal in eight minutes. You can feel Mortals sweat as the song bounces into a thrashed boogie.


Viking's Choice: Consider Yourself Ravaged By Bastard Sapling

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hear the Richmond black-metal band get a haunting vocal assist from Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell in the 11-minute "Lantern at the End of Time."


American Football, 'Never Meant'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Fifteen years after its release, the emo mixtape staple finally gets its own video with a love story that perfectly reflects Mike Kinsella's sweetly sung sigh, "We were falling out of love."