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It Can Be A Bit Terrifying: Raul Zahir De Leon on his Return with CANANDAIGUA

By Steve Dewhurst

“Who is America for?” ponders Raul Zahir De Leon when recalling the earliest knockings of what has now become CANANDAIGUA, his first musical project since the dissolution of Stamen & Pistils in 2007.

Pete Swanson
Dissect Yellow Swans: If The World Didn't End (1998-2000)

By Steve Dewhurst

In the opening chapter of the story we join band members Pete Swanson and Gabriel Saloman at the turn of the century as their musical paths converge in Portland, Oregon. Rotating around the creative hub that was promoter Todd Patrick’s 17 Nautical Miles, Saloman and Swanson were joined on the scene by fellow luminaries such as Paul Dickow, George Chen, Ethan Swan and Paul Costuros.

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Premiere: Severed+Said, “Tragic Seeker”

While the postcard images of Florida portray sun-kissed beaches and family-friendly amusement, the facade quickly crumbles to reveal a darker, sinister underbelly. Jacksonville’s Severed+Said uses their music to mine that lurking doom.

Across two cassette releases for Not Not Fun (Occlusions and Incorporeality), John Touchton’s sounds encompass everything from midnight Everglade dungeon synth to electro seance soundtracks. Nearly four years after Incorporeality, 2022 brings with it a new S+S release, Tragic Seeker, a document of “the mood and mythos of the Floridian void,” as the label writes. This latest sonic sextet builds on and refines the Severed+Said sound into the project’s defining statement. Here we present the title track, an extended, loose, synth-driven meditation with just the right amount of dread hiding around the corner.