Kristian C. Libman
1 month ago | Concert Review
When I first interviewed Ben Haggerty, better known as Macklemore, a little over three years ago, my first call to him was marked by the appearance of his alter ego Raven Bowie, who picked up the phone and hammered out a series of unintelligible w...
4 months ago | Country and Western Music
It’s all too easy to take a shot at Rascal Flatts in 2015. What’s easily remembered is the frosted tips, v-neck T-shirts, dismal awards show performances, and saccharine, phoned-in singles of the mid-’00s, but what’s rarely mentioned is the Ohio-b...
5 months ago | Concerts
Some things are best left to chance even after experience has long since taken hold. Take Cold War Kids’ latest single, “First,” off their recently rereleased deluxe version of last year’s record Hold My Home: Though the Los Angeles-based band has...
8 months ago | Concerts
Megan James and I have been trying to hunt each other down for a week. The Purity Ring vocalist’s tour has been riddled by sickness, due in part to the breakneck nature of supporting her band’s sophomore release Another Eternity. When we do finall...
9 months ago | Local Wire
In the golden morning sun of Jared & The Mill banjo/mandolin player Michael Carter’s Tempe backyard, the Phoenix-based folk band begins their fraternal cajoling with the regularity of an act that has spent the past year incessantly touring — w...
2 years ago | Local Wire
As founder of genre-spanning songwriter project Eels, Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E, knows what it's like to reinvent himself. Since the band's formation in 1995, he's bounced among genres while never fearing wearing his heart on his slee...