Voices in the Wilderness: Bands (other than Bon Iver) that chased the muse into the woods

I n 2008, when Justin Vernon debuted his Bon Iver alias with the release of “For Emma, Forever Ago,” the music world was forced to grapple with a project so far-flung from indie music at the time that it was soon shrouded in myth. Soft, sparse, and smoldering with emotional intensity, “For Emma” led curious … [ Read more]

The Genre Rebel: With fluidity, confidence, and company, Bailey “26” Cogan shirks genre and makes music for joy

Listening to the music of Bailey “26” Cogan—songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the Minneapolis-based group 26 BATS!—is not a passive experience. While listening to the band’s latest album, “Onyx,” on the Green Line recently, the sharp rays of sun bouncing off windowed office buildings and fresh puddles mirrored the album’s vocals and bright notes … [ Read more]