Category Archives: C-Ville

Slow and steady: After 25 years, Tortoise still follows no logic but its own


“We still have fans that are like, ‘Man, why don’t you guys use the mallets?’”

C-Ville | March 17, 2016

Love of the game | The Baseball Project takes rock out to the ball game

“They’re not going to play ‘Ted Fucking Williams’ at Fenway Park. A lot of our songs disqualify themselves rather quickly.”

C-Ville | May 8, 2015

Director’s Cut | Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat trades wild shows for wilder improv

“The idea is to forget about the fact that you exist—to not exist while you’re playing music.”

C-Ville | March 3, 2015

Tag team | Run the Jewels takes chemistry to the next level

“Musically, I feel like I’ve found my soulmate. I’ve tried to explain it a thousand different times and given a thousand different answers. But I think it just comes straight down to—it was just meant, you know?”

C-Ville | October 29, 2014

Southern Accent | Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires defy Southern rock tropes

“There are as many Souths as there are Southerners. You could ask everybody in our band—we’re all born and raised in Birmingham—what Birmingham is like, and we would all have different responses. And we’re all white, middle-class, straight men. So, you know, asking a middle-aged black lesbian from West Birmingham is going to give you a different answers, and each is just as valid. So I don’t like to speak authoritatively about the South.”

C-Ville | October 24, 2014

Getting there | Sharon Van Etten shares her personal journey

“I knew my relationship was suffering, but my heart knows I need to perform to feel better. It’s a therapy for me [but] I didn’t realize at the time I was writing about all that.”

C-Ville | October 22, 2014

Double Identity | Sinkane and Helado Negro mine cultural duality for expressive pop music

“When I’m here, in the United States, I’m Latin, because my family’s from Ecuador, so I’m Ecuadorian. When I’m in South America, I’m a gringo, because I was born here. It’s a really flipped-up duality.”

C-Ville | October 9, 2014

The Good Life | Justin Townes Earle avoids the artistic slump of maturity

“People relate to emotion. I mean, if I say I was smoking crack and I was feeling down, that cuts the relationship to my music down to a very slim population.”

 C-Ville | September 11, 2014

Supreme Clientele | Merge’s reissue reinforces the strength of Suburban Light

“When I was 18, I was like, ‘If I don’t leave this place, I’m going to kill myself, if I don’t get out to college or to London or a job or something. So it’s kind of weird to be celebrating it 15 years later. It’s one of life’s ironies, I guess.”

C-Ville | July 23, 2014

Second Life | After a debilitating hiatus, Durham’s Bombadil regroups and rebuilds

“Personally, I was given a lot of unexpected free time. Daniel was given a lot of unexpected pain, you know?”

C-Ville | July 10, 2014