Deer Tick's John McCauley is from Rhode Island, plays country, and doesn't give a damn

Judging from the tidal wave of buzz that surrounded War Elephant, John McCauley's first record as Deer Tick, what's left of the American underground is just as eager to rediscover vintage country as McCauley was when he stumbled across the work of Hank Williams at the tender age of 18. Blending trace elements of the…

Slow, steady, and vibraphone-powered wins the race: Tortoise's Dan Bitney

Tortoise formed in Chicago in 1990, which means the American post-rock institution is approaching its “platinum” anniversary. While none of its records have earned that same designation in terms of sales, the predominantly instrumental five-piece has been incredibly influential over the past two decades, carving out a…

Slow, steady, and vibraphone-powered wins the race: Tortoise's Dan Bitney

Tortoise formed in Chicago in 1990, which means the American post-rock institution is approaching its “platinum” anniversary. While none of its records have earned that same designation in terms of sales, the predominantly instrumental five-piece has been incredibly influential over the past two decades, carving out a…