Following a breakup, a guy goes west, sifting through life for his art.
Before Irv Teibel, listening to nature meant leaving the house. Here’s the story of the man who brought the rain, thunder, and crickets to your stereo, one satisfied, relaxed customer at a time.
A musical polymath who rejects category as just another barrier to personal freedom strives to retain his fluidity under the glare of burgeoning stardom. By Mike Powell.
In this personal essay from last year, Mike Powell details his gender-blurring experiences with the psychedelically ambiguous art of Prince and pinpoints why The Purple One’s flashes of social utopia and sexual liberation are so timelessly subversive.
Mike Powell on how the unvarnished voices of John Darnielle and Tom Zé are able to transcend language to get at the root of human experience.
The increasingly legendary frontman tells Mike Powell about the stories behind 20 songs from across Spoon's spotless career, offering rare insight into the band's psyche and sound.
Mike Powell looks back on "futuristic" music from the last 50 years—from Joe Meek, to Kraftwerk, to Girl Talk—and considers what these utopian sounds say about our culture's past and present.
Mike Powell follows the self-proclaimed "anti-reverb" quartet in their native Texas across 48 hours and finds a band working through their own principles of rebelliousness and romance.
With the warped, whooping Sung Tongs turning 10 this year, Mike Powell revisits his early experiences with the album as a 21-year-old coming to grips with the bittersweet realities of adulthood.