Scud Mountain Boys

Joe Pernice, principal songwriter behind the Scud Mountain Boys and the succeeding Pernice Brothers, took a Codeine-like approach to rural country music before becoming a bit of a rustic North American Elvis Costello. Hiding biting lyrics behind suave melodies and an increasingly sophisticated croon, he now has a nearly three-decade-long track record of impeccably crafted…

Beulah

Despite the moniker’s Old Testament overtones, San Francisco’s Beulah was, for a time, the (northern) California wing of the Elephant 6 collective. They mix soaring harmonies, head-swirling pop hooks and circa-’65 Beach Boys and Beatles creative mindset with an overriding love for glistening hooks and record-collector details. All of which is important only because the…

Super Furry Animals

An outfit of deft and charming fusionists, the Super Furry Animals arrived like a crisp clipper wind in the middle 1990s, honing a mélange of folk, electrobeat, art-punk, late-’60s West Coast pop harmonies and classic rock melody that, despite occasional bursts of out-and-out weirdness, blossomed into a bracing, joyous achievement: by the end of the…

John Vanderslice

From his start as lyricist and leader of rank and file indie rockers MK Ultra, John Vanderslice emerged to become one of the genre’s most inspiring figures as the century turned — thanks to his literate, sharply appointed solo albums and his work as owner of San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone Studio, where he shepherded some…

Wingtip Sloat

True anti-careerism in rock is a rarity. Some performers, especially in the posturing realm of all things indie, paradoxically turn willful obscurity into a selling point. Not, for whatever that’s worth, Wingtip Sloat. As the group’s unpretentious homebrew weirdness and wisdom wafts up in abundance from a basement somewhere in Falls Church, Virginia, mortgages, straight…

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