Lars Gotrich

Lars Gotrich appears in the following:

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."


Viking's Choice: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Lose The Flute Solo

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On a new 7", Toronto-based Blood Ceremony tackles a once-lost gem by '70s Scottish hard rockers Iron Claw and thankfully doesn't change much — including and especially the flute solo.


Viking's Choice: Replicants Live On In Perturbator's Dark Synths

Friday, May 16, 2014

Parisian musician James Kent is one of the foremost disciples of the expanding retro-synth movement. Hear synths seethe with growing contempt in "Future Club."


Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hear the actor share stories about seeing Charlie Parker live — and perform a duet with host Marian McPartland in a session from 2004.


White Lung, 'Face Down'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In the VHS-filmed video for "Face Down," members of the endless-riffs-per-minute punk band White Lung speed through downtown L.A. and offer up some kind of burning-scarecrow crucifixion ritual.


Viking's Choice: This Heavy-Metal Ballad Will Break Your Heart

Friday, May 09, 2014

High Spirits is the work of Chris Black, a defender of the faith as handed down by Thin Lizzy, Scorpions and Iron Maiden. Get your air guitars ready to weep to "I Will Run."


Song Premiere: Braid, 'Bang'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

No Coast feels like a blueprint for the returning elder statespersons of emo. There's enough of what made us love Braid in the first place, but it also admits that age changes tastes and bodies.


First Listen: Agalloch, 'The Serpent & The Sphere'

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Yet another metallic masterpiece from the Portland band, The Serpent & The Sphere feels like a film shot out of sequence, with "Eureka!" moments hidden throughout.


Cian Nugent: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 03, 2014

From an acoustic ragtime jaunt to an electric, basement-bar choogle to a sad-sack closer, the Dublin-based guitarist runs through his wild styles in the NPR Music offices.


Viking's Choice: Lantlôs Will Crush You With Bliss

Thursday, April 24, 2014

With "Cherry Quartz," Lantlôs ditches tortured black metal in favor of the most fully realized heavy dream-pop record in recent memory.