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I lived in Vermont for three years when I was a college student, from 2006 to 2009, and even then, just barely—Bennington is in the state’s southwestern corner, north of Massachusetts and east of New York. Pieces of its landscape still pop up in my dreams once in a while, especially the low-slung mountains that overlooked the field in front of the music building, the way they would light up in shades of purple...
California used to be the place people would go to get lost. Or rather, it’s the place they would go to lose sight of who they once were and find their truest self. It was the ultimate frontier, a boundless country supposedly endowed to Easterners by Manifest Destiny. When my parents moved to San Francisco, the dream of wide-open space was still there; it was still a malleable place where they and so many...
Bishop Briggs is not going to tell you her real name. Not yet anyway. “I just want people to focus on the music right now,” she said on the phone from Los Angeles where she was preparing to head back into the studio for another long day of writing. It’s easy to comply with the request, because her music has a magnetic draw that holds your attention. She has only released three songs so...
Bishop is the newest singer-songwriter to break down barriers between indie and mainstream pop music. Bishop was born in London, is of both Irish and Scottish descent and grew up in Hong Kong and Tokyo. She’s all over the place, in the best way possible. Her diverse background truly reflects how her music cannot be categorized by one genre. Just days after graduating high school, she decided to take her talents to LA and...

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