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Music, Forget Pedigree: Wild Flag Is a Great New Rock Band

Forget Pedigree: Wild Flag Is a Great New Rock Band

The concept of a "supergroup"— wherein performers with cool and/or exciting pedigrees find themselves in something resembling a "band" — dies hard. Imagine your favorite musicians playing together! Frequently, expectations exceed results — a collection of individuals does not necessarily…
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Music, All Shook Down Wild Flag's Self-Titled Debut: A First Listen

Wild Flag's Self-Titled Debut: A First Listen

I don't know why I've been dreading this Wild Flag album exactly. Sleater-Kinney is one of my three favorite bands (the other two are Sonic Youth and the Dismemberment Plan, in case you're wondering), and as such I should…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pseudo Cruelty

Pseudo Cruelty

Though not the most famous ex- husband-and-wife rock duo, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss of Quasi might be the king and queen of making the cathartic best of their lingering tension. Way back in the '90s, Coombs happened upon a…
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Music, Into the Woods

Into the Woods

"One trend that I just really kind of can't stand," Sleater-Kinney guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein tells me on the phone from her Portland home, "is when I turn on, like, the radio and hear a band and I honestly don't know…
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Music, Reviewed The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

Since 1994, the husband-and-wife team of Brett and Rennie Sparks has been performing as the Handsome Family, recording Rennie's fractured suburban fairy tales in Brett's soothing Texas baritone. While great music has come out of numerous tumultuous couplings -- see…
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Calendar, Night&Day Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

If your Mom and Pop were rock stars (Ma's in Sleater-Kinney; Dad was in Heatmiser with Elliott Smith) who took nightly breaks to tuck you into bed with a couple of soothing harmonies, they'd sound something like this. Except they're…
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