Review: Damien Jurado’s Masterful ‘Maraqopa’

One of our favorite albums of 2012 thus far. Read about it at The A.V. Club.



Review: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, ‘Where the Messengers Meet,’ on Dead Oceans

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Where the Messengers Meet (Dead Oceans)

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, 'Where the Messengers Meet'

There’s something worrisome about a family band that makes dark music, but it works for young Seattle quintet Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band.

Grade: B (via The A.V. Club)

Q&A: Tiny Vipers on myths and minimalism

Seattle-based Sub Pop soloist Tiny Vipers, a.k.a. Jesy Fortino, specializes in a particularly dooming brand of barebones folk. Her new record, Life On Earth, is the kind of thing that rattles around your head for weeks on end — welcomely, I might add. Visit A.V. Club Denver to learn just how Fortino creates her haunting compositions, and what she thinks about huge magical castles.