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Music, All Shook Down Laura Gibson Is Giving the World a "Swift Kick in the Arse"

Laura Gibson Is Giving the World a "Swift Kick in the Arse"

It's Thursday morning and Laura Gibson has only a couple hours left before the tour starts. She's almost due to take off from Portland, her home, and drive to San Francisco, where her five-piece band will make their first…
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Music, All Shook Down Openers: Get There Early for Garrett Pierce

Openers: Get There Early for Garrett Pierce

Cherish the singer-songwriter who knows how to hang when things get dirty. Garrett Pierce writes slow, somber acoustic ballads that are more beautiful than most, but that's not all he does. Grittier rock numbers such as "Lioness & Lion," "Tonight,"…
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Music, The Dodos aim for pop simplicity

The Dodos aim for pop simplicity

If the success of last year's Visiter made the Dodos' rise to worldwide attention seem inevitable, the modest San Francisco outfit certainly didn't see it that way. "Visiter was our first record on a label," says singer-guitarist Meric Long, who…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Soothing Uncompromising Experience

The Soothing Uncompromising Experience

There's an excellent chance, given her singular approach, that singer/songwriter Laura Gibson will be tagged as part of the American neo-folk subgenre known variously as New Weird America, freak-folk, or free-folk. Gibson's songs are tantalizingly spare to an almost psychedelic…
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Music, Reviewed Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson

There's a sound I like to think of as "back porch folk." It's similar to garage rock in that it probably isn't recorded on a porch, but it seems like it could've been. It's made by a bunch of unassuming…
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