Spinanes

Poor workmen, the old saw goes, always blame their tools. Proving the converse — that real talent renders the selection of implements immaterial — the two Spinanes employed only guitar, voice and drums on Manos to produce fully developed and highly distinctive indie-rock. Best, the group managed the neat trick of sounding perfectly right while…

Pedro the Lion

In many ways the perfect indie star for an imperfect age, Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan embodies the contradictions of whatever “emo” is supposed to be. The devout evangelical Christian from Seattle holds deep moral convictions but relentlessly attacks his own hypocrisy and that of the church, the government, business, romance and sex. He treats…