Wooden Shjips
  • Anna Ignatenko
  • Wooden Shjips
Another week, another Mercury music section that's dipped in the hues of nostalia, as we learn the news that Roland is bringing back its classic 808 drum machine. Old is new again! Wonder if this means the telephone microcassette answering machine and the five-inch floppy diskette are also due for a resurgence.

Erik "Ripley" Johnson, of Bay Area psychedelic voyagers Wooden Shjips, has found safe harbor in Portland.

LISTEN: Wooden Shjips - "Back to Land"

Crooks on Tape improvise all their music. No, it does not sound like Phish.

LISTEN: Crooks on Tape - "Duper"

Our Q&A with legendary metal frontman Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Down, and the currently touring band Philip H Anselmo and the Illegals.

LISTEN: Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals - "Usurper Bastard's Rant"

WEB EXCLUSIVE! As it's progressed, the music of Chicago band Disappears has become more mechanical, dark, and introverted—not to mention scarier.

LISTEN - Disappears - "Ultra"

Plus a beat bank's worth of Up & Coming shows.