Profile: Bonni Evensen from Snowy (2003)

For those looking for the surface of life to imitate art, I’m sorry to report that Bonni Evensen, the singer-songwriter behind the atmospheric pop ensemble Snowy, is anything but cold or wintry. Anyone who has a copy of Snowy’s debut CD, Lilywhite, knows that Evensen has that rare voice that, even when hanging in isolation,…

Profile: Vital Cog’s Steve Stone (2003)

Let’s cut through the static. Who are the voices worth listening to in indie rock? Well, push aside the soundbyte-spewing iconoclasts and the photogenic figureheads, the outspoken fanzine addicts and the record store snobs, the image-conscious lo-fi scenesters and the bands playing seedy dives just to score a cover shoot with Magnet. What are you…

Profile: The Lesser Birds of Paradise (2004)

Mark Janka may have a gift for crafting frighteningly fragile acoustic lullabies, but, when it comes to spinning tales about his band’s enigmatic name, the tender-voiced frontman for Lesser Birds of Paradise admits he’s at a loss for words. “I thought I made up a lie that was a good story for that but I…

Profile: Jack Endino (2006)

You know Jack Endino. If you consider yourself schooled in the noisy, garage-bred strains of indie-rock that made much of the 1980s and early ’90’s bearable, you’ve shaken a few speakers with Skin Yard. If you’re among those who hasn’t caught Endino’s work with Cryptkicker Five or his studio appearances with Mark Lanegan, you’ve definitely…

Profile: Carrie Yury (2006)

If you consider yourself prolific or a jack of all trades, you’ve never met Carrie Yury. The California-based artist’s work is the definition of inter-disciplinary expression and feels unrivaled in underground circles. An MFA student at UC Irvine, she’s staged powerful photographic exhibits tackling subjects as seemingly disparate as love and obsession, social diseases, and…

Profile: Adam Gnade (2006)

You don’t just ask Adam Gnade a question or plot a sure-footed route into the familiar territory of the Q&A back-and-forth, that sometimes-fluid, sometimes-stilted dance between the interviewer and the interviewed. Speaking with Gnade – the traveling indie-musician and wordsmith whose Run Hide Retreat Surrender was one of 2005�s unanticipated gems – is more like…

Review: Dave Spalding – The Invisibles

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy March 11, 2005 For those who think Dave Spalding’s been quiet since Northwestern instrumentalists Pell Mell faded into the ether after the muted majesty of gems like Interstate or Star City, think again. The guitarist, now rooted in New York City, has been carefully refining the dreamy, expansive textures…

Review: Mike Tamburo – Beating of the Rewound Son

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Feb. 10, 2006 Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Jim O’Rourke! Well, perhaps not, but it can be downright frightening how close in tone, composition and structure American guitarist Mike Tamburo’s work on Beating of the Rewound Son comes to O’Rourke, whose acoustic guitar mannerisms and flare for tabletop experimentation have…

Review: Swissfarlo – Boxed

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy March 31, 2003 Imagine that you’re in high school again. You’re making a mix tape for some acquaintance and decide, among the usual favorite selections, to toss on a song from a local band who’ve just self-released a demo tape. You’ve heard the band play live a bunch of…

Review: Tanakh – Dieu Deuil

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy June 7, 2004 Dieu Deuil boasts an even dozen contributors on everything from guitar, vocals, drums, keyboards and bass to flute, violin, accordion, hammered dulcimer, bowed glockenspiel and everything in-between. You’d never know it, though, because the record’s eight tracks, each of them engaging and breathtaking, feel like they…