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Recess interviews: Elephant Revival

(09/28/16 4:00am)

Elephant Revival is a band hailing from Colorado that covers a wide range of musical genres, with strong folk, bluegrass and indie rock influences in their music. They released their new album “Petals” in April, and the band plays the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on Oct. 5. The Chronicle sat down with vocalist Bonnie Paine—who also plays (deep breath) the cello, djembe, washboard, stompboard, guitar and musical saw—to discuss the band’s music and the touring lifestyle. The following conversation has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

The impact of Beach Boys's 'Pet Sounds' 50 years later

(06/06/16 4:04am)

This past May, “Pet Sounds” passed the 50-year mark since its release in 1966, and with the passing of this milestone, the concept of critical artistic value in popular music turned 50 as well. The Beach Boys’ opus, “Pet Sounds” set the standard for mainstream music for its era and helped define the psychedelic pop sound that would flourish and percolate through all other genres of music.