The Decemberists

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.

Album reviews: Richard Buckner, Boston Spaceships

Boston Spaceships, "Let It Beard" (Guided by Voices Inc.) It's easy to make the argument that Robert Pollard is enjoying a career renaissance. His seminal indie-rock band, Guided by Voices, is taking its victory lap at music festivals around the country after reuniting its "classic" early '90s lineup last fall (they headline the Maha Music Festival in Omaha on Aug.

The Reverb Interview: Laura Veirs

Colorado Springs native Laura Veirs' latest disc, "July Flame," is an early contender for ones of 2010's best releases. Laura Veirs could have easily canceled the show — and if she were feeling less confident, she damn well would have.