Underoath Outgrow Their "Christian Band" Label and Find New Faith on 'Erase Me'

Underoath Outgrow Their "Christian Band" Label and Find New Faith on 'Erase Me'

“We had a huge identity crisis,” explains Underoath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain, the rigid rules that led to the band’s 2012 breakup. While fans faith may think the one-time Christian metalcore leaders are deeply confused, the band insist they’re happier than ever.   It’s a far cry from where Chamberlain spent much his career, during which members “weren’t allowed to have […]

Hot Snakes Reunion Album 'Jericho Sirens' Fuelled by 30-Year History That Includes Drive Like Jehu

Hot Snakes Reunion Album 'Jericho Sirens' Fuelled by 30-Year History That Includes Drive Like Jehu

“It’s just a relationship like any other relationship,” Rick Froberg tells Exclaim! about his 30-year friendship with John Reis. “If you have friends you collaborate with, and you like it, it works good, you might as well keep doing it. Why not?”   The pair first played together in the late 1980s in a San Diego band called Pitchfork, before […]

First Aid Kit Enlist R.E.M. and Wilco Members for Heartbroken 'Ruins'

First Aid Kit Enlist R.E.M. and Wilco Members for Heartbroken 'Ruins'

Since they uploaded their cover Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” to YouTube in 2008, First Aid Kit have been riding a non-stop wave good fortune and excellent songwriting that found the Söderberg sisters gaining some high-prile fans, working with Conor Oberst, Jack White and Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer throughout their inaugural seven-year run.   After taking a nearly four-year […]

Kelela Proves Her Breakthrough Has Arrived With Transcendent Concert at NYC's Bowery Ballroom

Kelela Proves Her Breakthrough Has Arrived With Transcendent Concert at NYC's Bowery Ballroom

In 2012, rising R&B singer-songwriter Kelela opened for Solange at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. On Monday night, she returned to the same stage — this time on her own headlining tour.  After releasing her commanding debut LP, Take Me Apart, early last month, Kelela has gained a larger, more mainstream following. The combination newfound fans with those who have followed her since her acclaimed 2013 debut mixtape Cut 4 […]