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Matt Pond: "I'm Not the Easiest Person to Get Along With"

In 2004, singer-songwriter Matt Pond quietly released his critically acclaimed fifth album Emblems with his band, Matt Pond PA. Documenting the artist's stressful relocation to Brooklyn from Philadelphia, the album delved into the creative highs and lonely lows of a new city. It showcased a musician at an artistic peak as Pond recruited musicians who brought forth a diverse sound brimming with the kind of orchestral instrumentation that fills up a room with happiness and dread.

Ten years later, the band is revisiting the album that put them on the indie rock map. Their set at the Crescent Ballroom on May 25 will feature the 12 tracks of "Emblems" from start to finish. When speaking with Pond, he seems uncomfortable talking about the past despite being on a tour that celebrates it. His humility and blunt honesty shone through when he talked to Up on the Sun about how the Internet has changed the way he collaborates with his band, distributes his music, and thinks about the future.

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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