Nothing says I love you quite like a delicious meal, particularly if it’s of the home-cooked variety. And since many of you will be spending your Valentine’s Day eve in meal-prep mode, we are covering the entertainment. Or rather, Anders Parker and Kendall Meade, aka Anders & Kendall (andersandkendall.com), are. The talented avant-folk duos’ distinctive voices—his appealingly bristly, hers graceful and honeyed—have a knack for dexterously meandering in, out, and around each other in some kind of sonic figure-eight. All of which can be appreciated on the pair’s soon-to-be-released debut, Wild Chorus (Nine Mile Records, available February 19th), a collection of eleven thoughtful songs with replay appeal a plenty, it dips from sweeping sweet melodies to breezy Southern-flecked grooves that owe in part, perhaps, to the Knoxville recording studio after which the album is named. Here, the longtime friends and collaborators share their picks for the ideal Valentine’s Day dinner mix. The rest of the wooing is up to you.
Though the topic of Aromanticism, the L.A.-based singer-songwriter’s excellent debut album, may eschew the traditional notions of romantic love, his work has earned him the ardent devotion of many. It’s easy to understand why: While Sumney’s music is smart and soulful, it’s his voice—graceful and glimmering, adroitly volleying between tenor and falsetto—that is irresistible.
Since releasing her debut album in 2008, Merrill Gabrus, aka Tune-Yards (her project with partner Nate Brenner), has been crafting music that defies categorization. Her latest, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, is part sonic experimentation, part social observation. She’ll be on tour this summer and, come fall, will share the stage […]
Fans of Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon’s classical music dramedy, will recognize Lola Kirke as whipsmart oboist and aspiring conductor Hailey. And the actress’ (she can also be seen in the recent film Untogether opposite her sister Jemima) musical proclivities extend off-screen: The longtime singer-songwriter will release her debut album this year.
Though their sound is pure Americana (they count Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, and Townes Van Zandt as muses), Klara and Johanna Söderberg, the stylish sisters behind First Aid Kit are, in fact, Swedish. On their fourth album, Ruins, released earlier this year, their bucolic harmonies get an assist from Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and R.E.M.’s Peter […]