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Climbing up and down from a platform at the center of what was essentially live music-in-the-round, Win Butler must have been fully engulfed with sound waves—so much so, it would seem, that for the very first time, he messed up the lyrics to one of his band’s most famous songs. “That’s the first time we ever fucked up ‘No Cars Go’,” the towering Arcade Fire frontman said on Wednesday night, early on in the...
Regardless of where one stands on the polarizing spectrum of Father John Misty appreciation, one objective fact is that the man also known as Josh Tillman has done a masterful job of positioning himself as one of the indie rock community’s foremost figures—love him or hate him, he's become a star. To some, the singer-songwriter (a former session musician and drummer for Fleet Foxes, who has also contributed with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga) is a...
Here's some more good news for 2017, which is shaping up to be a good year for indie rock: two years after the release of his great album I Love You, Honeybear, Father John Misty is back on his grind. The third album, titled Pure Comedy will be out on April 7th via Sub Pop, and he's already up to his usual eccentric ways in early promotion of the record. The announcement for the new album, which will clock in...
While the independent music scene certainly has an international scope, Brooklyn is a hub, home and haven for many of the artists and labels that are involved. Last night I took the train up from our Brooklyn office to the spacious confines of the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom to attend the fifth annual Libera Awards, a mini award show hosted by the American Association of Independent Music that seeks to highlight excellence in this...

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