Candy Claws’ Ryan Hover on Harry Potter influences, no plans to perform live

Up until Tuesday, Fort Collins dream-pop act Candy Claws hadn't done much to promote its new album, “Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time.” On Facebook and Twitter, Candy Claws busied itself with pictures of plants and nature, rather than building excitement among its fan base. The band has always shied away from the spotlight, despite the national and international love it gets from music blogs.

James Greer under the magnifying glass in new band Détective

James Greer is rarely the most recognizable name on his collaborative projects. When he is mentioned, it’s usually followed by a helpful explanation of his role: senior editor for Spin magazine in the early 1990s, bassist for indie rock legends Guided by Voices, screenwriter for Steven Soderbergh, Lindsay Lohan and others.

Johannes Eckerstrom of the band Avatar talks first U.S. tour, obsessions with freak shows

Don’t tell Swedish metal band Avatar that New York City metal crowds are typically the most unforgiving—mostly because they don’t care.  Avatar is played its first show on U.S. soil Wednesday night at the Studio at Webster Hall in New York City, but according to vocalist Johannes Eckerström, the band is just as comfortable there as they would be playing at home in their backyard.

Heartless Bastards find a lot to love on – and off – the road (interview)

Erika Wennerstrom's candid lyrics and no-frills songwriting would not seem to imply a flighty, focus-challenged artist. As lead singer of the Austin, Texas, quartet Heartless Bastards, the 34-year-old Ohio native peddles a sort of rootsy garage rock that recalls — and is frequently compared to — fellow Ohioans the Black Keys, whose Patrick Carney helped give the Bastards their first big break.

Gregory Alan Isakov to close out Chautauqua Auditorium summer concert series on Friday

Gregory Alan Isakov certainly feels a strong connection to Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, which he will headline for the first time on Sept. 21. Isakov and his band have played the venue on several occasions as an opening act, sharing the stage with such renowned artists as Cowboy Junkies, Indigo Girls and Brandi Carlile -- the latter of whom Isakov has frequently sat in with, most recently opening for her at Red Rocks.

Twin Shadow casts a dark, carnal persona on “Confess” (interview)

George Lewis, Jr. is a bracing new voice in pop music — and one that sounds surprisingly familiar. Better known as the ’80s-indebted dance-pop crooner Twin Shadow, 29-year-old Lewis strikes a singular figure on stage and in the press with his confident, world-weary persona and razor-sharp style, which draws from ’50s motorcycle gangs as much as hipster fashion plates in Brooklyn and London.

Gotye says “Somebody I That I Used To Know” almost didn’t happen

I'm thinking of a song. You've surely heard it, and you've possibly sung along with its ubiquitous chorus: "Now you're just somebody that I used to know." Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" has become the biggest song of 2012, and its infectious bounce and memorable melody has taken over our collective short-term memory as much as it has dominated the airwaves.

The Reverb Interview: Scott Hansen of Tycho

The symbiosis of design and music long predates Scott Hansen, a.k.a. Tycho or ISO50, his designer pseudonym. Think of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the Stones’ “Sticky Fingers,” Roger Dean’s art for the Yes album “Fragile,” the almost Munchian debut scream of King Crimson’s “In the Court of the Crimson King,” even Ted Nugent’s “Scream Dream” (ok, maybe not so much the Nuge).