In the seven years they've been together the Portland, Ore. (by way of Wasilla, Ala.) psych-rock quintet Portugal. The Man have continued to crank out tranquil, lush indie rock inflected with hints of psychedelia, prog and folk. The band sat down with Mary Lucia to discuss growing up in Alaska, their songwriting process, Sesame Street and more.
Music runs in the family for Alan Palomo, frontman for the electro-indie band Neon Indian. Born in Mexico, his father was a pop star in the '70s and '80s, which influenced his band now based in Denton, Texas.
What started as a demo project for Andrew Jansen turned into a full band named after the content of the songs he was writing about, Crimes. The original demos, with all parts performed by Anderew, were about a seedy action, jealousy, or crime. The songs were posted online and paired with links to Minneapolis Crime Statistic.
For a band that plays mostly lengthy, cathartic, guitar-led instrumentals, Explosions in the Sky have amassed an impressive following. Since the band formed in 1999 in Austin, Tex., their have albums have reached ever-larger audiences and racked up increasing critical adoration. The quartet stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat and play a few songs.
Cults can owe much of their success to the internet. Two and a half years ago, the duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin met at a rock show in San Diego, began dating, and a week later decided to move to New York. They began playing music together and posted songs on BandCamp, and it wasn't long until they were garnering attention from record labels and new fans.
Inspired by the 50s blues and rockabilly that her brother was listening to, Ireland's Imelda May began singing and performing at the age of 16. Twenty years later, she's still in the industry climbing up the charts in the UK with her record "Mayhem."