Priests playing in a Raleigh, NC, bookstore in June. All photos by Natalie Jarema.
Promotional material describes D.C. punk band Priests as “the sort of band that is unafraid to look you right in the eye and beg answers to big questions.” So I take lead singer Katie Alice Greer up on that offer.
Getting the courage to form a band and play gigs is a nerve-wracking feat. But when you’re seven years old and playing with your sister on a bargain drum kit snagged from a yard sale, fear of performance is maybe not really something that crosses your mind right away. At least that was the case for Lucy and Gwendolyn Giles, the teenage sisters hailing from Sacramento who are currently touring the country as a band called Dog Party.
Decades from now, we might reflect on these sweltering few months as the Summer of Dolly—a time when everyone’s favorite rhinestone-studded, sky-high heel wearing, bleach blonde beehive-sporting songbird showed that she can still cause a ruckus even at 68 years old.
It's summer, dammit. Get in a car, a plane, a bus, or a train, and hit the road to see people you haven't seen in years. Get awkward and stand around for hours in the smoke of a barbecue at your cousin's house. Drive along an empty road for hours on your way across the Midwest. Hunker down by yourself in the corner of an airport and dream about where you'll land. Wherever you're going, here are some traveling songs to pair with our "On the Road" podcast.
I was first introduced to Sharon Van Etten’s music when I moved to Portland for college. I remember hearing “Give Out” off of Tramp in my friend’s car as the two of us were having a hard time with love. “You're the reason why I'll move to the city/You're why I'll need to leave” were the words that felt stuck to my ribs for days.
Van Etten has a real knack for lines that drive to the core of your love troubles. Her latest album, Are We There, is a beautiful example of how her music only improves with time.