Another week, another Mercury music section to read while you travel with your Bruce Springsteen street map. Just stay away from Tunnel of Love. The album, not the place.
We talk to Seu Jorge about his unlikely rise from favela street kid, to Knockout Ned, to becoming a globally-adored musician.
Seu Jorge & Almaz - "Rock With You"
A wonderful piece on the roots and influence of Joanna Newsom. Turns out she's not actually a Silvan Elf from Middle Earth.
Joanna Newsom - "Good Intentions Paving Company"
If Scorpions really are calling it quits, does that mean the winds of change will no longer blow? Will we have to find another storm system to be rocked by? "Rock Me Like a Tropical Depression" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Scorpions - "Still Loving You"
Wait, there's so much more! P-I-C-K-A-T-H-O-N! We head out to the Pendarvis Farm for an extensive guide to Pickathon. This includes...
...Heartless Bastards. Neither bastards of heartless, the Cincinnati band plans to wrap up years of touring for The Mountain with a Pickathon barn show.
Heartless Bastards - "Early In The Morning"
The enigmatic Sam Quinn stole the show at last year's fest and he returns with a new/sad/wonderful album in tow.
Sam Quinn - "Hello"
Tuck in your shirt and look your best, the Roadside Graves are finally coming to Portland. Also, much like Evan Dando, they wrote a song about Liv Tyler. Well, at least it has her name in the title.
The Roadside Graves - "Liv Tyler"
Fitting that Page France (a band this paper was obsessed with) would blossom into Cotton Jones (another band this paper is obsessed with).
Cotton Jones - "Place at the End of the Street"
Capes! Beards! Swimming! Dragon pen pals! Somehow Breathe Owl Breathe makes all these things work together.
Breathe Owl Breathe - "Swimming"