Lars Gotrich

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Marisa Anderson: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Marisa Anderson knows where American guitar music has been and where it is now, and probably possesses an inkling of where it can go. She's studied the history and musical nuance of blues, country and folk music through and through, and ingests it all in a style that's as ...


Viking's Choice: Sleep, 'The Clarity'

Friday, July 18, 2014

It's been 20 years since the stoner-metal caravan Sleep wrote Dopesmoker, a 63-minute track based on a single riff and dedicated to the mighty spliff. Unfortunately, it took three labels and a span of 16 years to release it as intended. So let's just follow ...


Carmen Lundy On Piano Jazz

Friday, July 18, 2014

Carmen Lundy's contralto voice perfectly conveys the soul and depth of her compositions. She joined Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland in 1999 to perform Mary Lou's Mass by Mary Lou Williams at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

In this Piano Jazz session from 2000, Lundy teams ...


First Listen: Joyce Manor, 'Never Hungover Again'

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Never Hungover Again begins with a cold open — just a one-second chord and vocalist/guitarist Barry Johnson "looking at your face in the dark" — of a lanky pop song that already seems to be in progress. Joyce Manor has never been one to extend the drama, with albums shorter ...


First Watch: Daniel Bachman, 'Coming Home'

Friday, July 11, 2014

Daniel Bachman hits the road hard and plays harder. His instrumental rags are acoustic pile-drivers that rage with wonder, but his quieter songs can be just as powerful.

Filmed by Jesse Sheppard at St. George's Episcopal Church in downtown Fredericksburg, Va., the guitarist recently sat down with a slide ...


First Listen: Braid, 'No Coast'

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Let's get one thing out of the way: Braid in 2014 is not Braid in 1999. As an album title, No Coast is either a clever turn on geographic identification or a challenge to reunited '90s bands not to rest on their laurels. As Braid returns with its first ...


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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pallbearer's Sorrow and Extinction was one of 2012's most heartbreaking metal records — equal parts Black Sabbath and Candlemass in its stately sad-bastard doom. But those masterful twin-lead guitars, the funeral-paced riffs, and Brett Campbell's gripping voice sometimes got buried in the mix. With producer Billy Anderson ...


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

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As much as metal continues to expand outward, taking influences from within and outside its heavy foundations, adjective-happy genres like "blackened sludge-thrash" or "crusty stoner-doom" or what-have-you eventually inhabit their own mashed-together signifiers. It's where experimentation loses ground and has the potential to become streamlined. From Mortals' second album, Cursed ...


Viking's Choice: Consider Yourself Ravaged By Bastard Sapling

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dorthia Cottrell is one of the most haunting vocalists in metal right now, howling like Ozzy Osbourne in a wind tunnel. But either out of aesthetics or shyness, her voice has always been buried by the relentlessly heavy mix on her two excellent records singing for Windhand. Thankfully, some ...


American Football, 'Never Meant'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Director Chris Strong took his inspiration for the video directly from the album's darkly glowing artwork:

The video for "Never Meant" takes place in Urbana, Ill., circa 1999. It is a song about breaking up, moving on and forgetting, so I made a story about a brief relationship occurring ...


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

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A great cover song can read between the lines, offer an unexpected twist or completely re-contextualize meaning. But sometimes the best covers don't fuss with lush arrangements, altered melodies or — ugh — ukuleles. After all, you can't improve upon a great riff, right?

For ...


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

Friday, May 16, 2014

We're only five years away from Ridley Scott's 1982 vision of a retro-futuristic Los Angeles, when all that stands between human and biorobotic android is the Voight-Kampff machine. But the dark tones and moral ambiguity of Blade Runner never left the film's cult fans — particularly those beguiled ...


Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Friday, May 16, 2014

Clint Eastwood is best known for his work in Hollywood, but he's also a composer and jazz aficionado. Combining his love of both art forms, he's included classic jazz recordings in his films — including Play Misty for Me, which features the famous Errol Garner ballad.

On this episode ...


White Lung, 'Face Down'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Deep Fantasy comes out June 17 on Domino Records.

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

Friday, May 09, 2014

At the office, in the classroom, in line at the bank, at your own wedding — there's really no wrong place to play air guitar. But the best spot is on public transportation, when you're crammed into a mass of unknown bodies about to experience the fury of a righteous ...


Song Premiere: Braid, 'Bang'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

We're now at the point where there's a good possibility that any of your most favorite (or most hated) '90s bands will give it another go. The shows can be great for fans new and old, but we sometimes grit our teeth when that band wants to hit the studio ...


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

Sunday, May 04, 2014

It's been four years since Agalloch released Marrow of the Spirit, a spectacular record that exposed the cultish metal band to a wider audience seeking something ritualistic and caustic in heavy music. For all of its lengthy and textured songs, Marrow kept things fairly linear — thrilling in its ...


Cian Nugent: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Cian Nugent doesn't know what he wants to be, and that's OK. The Dublin-based guitarist cut his teeth as a 19-year-old pickin' on the acoustic worlds that John Fahey, Jack Rose and Bert Jansch built. But that was five years ago, and since then, Nugent has ...


Viking's Choice: Lantlôs Will Crush You With Bliss

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What do you do when your favorite metal band "goes soft"? Take to the message boards? Subtweet until the mounting "favorites" validate your rage? Or do you open up to the sound? In the new issue of the monthly metal print magazine Decibel (No. 166 — the one ...


StartSerenading... Again: Mineral To Reunite

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New songs by The Jazz June and Sunny Day Real Estate, tours from American Football and Texas Is the Reason — it's a helluva time to be a '90s emo kid. Teased with a new Twitter account and rehearsal studio shots on Instagram, ...