San Diego CityBeat - Music feature <![CDATA[The Delta Saints move away from their blues roots - Nashville band takes inspiration from the road]]> Modern rock can mean any number of things, but for the Delta Saints it’s a swampy sound with a kick, born of their native bayou surroundings.]]> <![CDATA[High on Fire step out of the darkness - Matt Pike catalyzes personal pain into soaring metal]]> When he picks up the phone to chat with CityBeat, Matt Pike is in his part-time home of New Orleans, where he’s nursing a painful broken toe—it looks like a “huge sausage,” he says—and a nagging case of strep throat.]]> <![CDATA[Built to Spill follows an elusive muse - Doug Martsch discusses the band’s new album, the mysteries of songwriting]]> "It`s hard to talk about this stuff as if I know what I’m talking about.” Doug Martsch doesn’t give himself enough credit. The guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who has fronted Built to Spill since 1992, has a tendency to talk about songwriting as a phenomenon that just kind of happens, as opposed to something he actually controls.]]> <![CDATA[Soft Lions are ready to pounce - The local ’post-riot grrrl’ band hits their stride on the new EP, ’Spellbreaker’]]> What’s most striking about the songs on Spellbreaker, and what makes the "post-riot grrrl" description so apt, is Liscomb’s development as a frontwoman.]]> <![CDATA[The emotional blueprint of Sannhet - Brooklyn instrumental trio’s music is open-ended by design]]> Nothing Sannhet does is accidental. For bands that play noisy music with guitars, this might go against logic or conventional wisdom]]> <![CDATA[Constant Gardner - Playing, producing, dream-catching–Dutch polymath Jacco Gardner does it all]]> Jacco Gardner is a self-proclaimed dreamer. And not the inspirational-quote-on-a-bumper-sticker type, either. The 27-year-old Dutch singer/songwriter is much more of the literal kind.]]> <![CDATA[Head Wound City are back after 10 years of build-up - Meet the hardcore supergroup—featuring members of The Locust, Blood Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs--that almost never was]]>  “I hate that shit,” says Pearson, over coffee in Mission Hills. “I like the concept and ethics of hardcore and punk. It’s so important..."]]> <![CDATA[The creative democracy of Le Chateau - Electronic trio focuses on honing their songcraft]]> In February, Le Chateau released their self-titled debut EP, and it’s a stunning document of the unexpected musical synergy these three individuals create.]]> <![CDATA[Ceremony sheds hardcore mantle - California quintet embraces post-punk on ’The L-Shaped Man’]]>

Halfway through a phone interview on a May evening before his band heads out on tour, Ceremony guitar player Anthony Anzaldo grows ponderous.

<![CDATA[Spoon goes back to basics - Long-running indie rock group finds its soul]]> The “lonely” (Daniel’s word) process of self-producing Transference also led to the decision to work with two big name producers for its follow-up, They Want My Soul, which Spoon released last year through Loma Vista Recordings after putting out five albums on venerable indie label Merge Records.]]> <![CDATA[Royal Thunder sheds their skin - Atlanta-based hard rock outfit’s path of personal growth]]> Before writing and recording new album Crooked Doors, Mlny Parsonz, frontwoman of Atlanta-based hard rock outfit Royal Thunder, went through a pretty intense period of life change.]]> <![CDATA[Ex Hex work hard, play hard - Washington trio hold their power pop to a high standard]]> On Ex Hex’s debut album Rips, released last year on Merge Records, you won’t find a single note out of place. Each of its 12 tracks is concise and streamlined (not a single one pushing the four-minute mark), and there are almost no sounds on the record that weren’t made by guitar, bass, drums or human voice.]]> <![CDATA[The Sonics are still booming - Pioneering garage punks back after crazy hiatus]]> Even on the phone, Larry Parypa’s natural cool is unmistakable. The guitarist and founder of ’60s garage rock pioneers The Sonics is direct, devoid of pretense and unfazed by his band’s astonishing resurgence in recent years.]]> <![CDATA[Lightning Bolt’s empire of noise - Providence duo are busting eardrums for the long haul]]> Staying fresh as a band for 20 years is difficult, no matter what you sound like. But when you’re a band like Providence, Rhode Island duo Lightning Bolt—with all their frenetic, high-energy sounds coming from just bass, drums and vocals—the challenge grows all the more daunting.]]> <![CDATA[Waxahatchee keeps it like a secret - Katie Crutchfield creates a world of lush, intimate songs]]> It’s not all about Katie Crutchfield. The 26-year-old Philadelphia singer/songwriter, who performs and records under the name Waxahatchee, has released three albums of detailed and intimate indie-pop songs that sometimes feel like closely held secrets.]]> <![CDATA[Young Fathers go pop - Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh trio challenges the mainstream]]> Kayus Bankole has a bone to pick with pop. In a Skype call from Edinburgh, the musician, who makes up one-third of U.K. eclectic pop/hip-hop trio Young Fathers, vents about the narrow conception in media outlets (radio, TV music channels) of what pop should be. ]]> <![CDATA[Father John Misty sings about love, warts and all - ’I Love You Honeybear’ about “the horror show of human experience”]]> It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and Josh Tillman is in a glade. A lemon glade, to be exact. The 33-year-old songwriter, better known as Father John Misty, is speaking to me by phone from another part of the country.]]> <![CDATA[Sure Fire Soul Ensemble bring funk to San Diego - Nine-piece group provides a soulful soundtrack]]> Nine-piece instrumental funk outfit The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble doesn’t share much in common with blink, Mraz or Bob Marley, but since forming in 2012, they’ve been offering their own unique soundtrack to their home city. ]]> <![CDATA[Pile is a band of perpetual nervousness - Boston band mixes volume with anxiety]]> Listen to “The World is Your Motel,” the first track on Pile’s You’re Better Than This, and you’ll hear a lot of intense sounds exploding from the band’s instruments all at once.]]> <![CDATA[Quantic pursues a love of 45s - New York DJ embarks on a vinyl-only journey]]> Will Holland, aka Quantic, was born in the small English town of Bewdley. Located near the Wyre Forest Nature Reserve in Worcestershire, Bewdley boasts a population of fewer than 10,000 and is a good 130 miles away from London. But it does have a record shop. ]]>