Fred Thomas – “Altar” (Feat. Anna Burch) Video

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Fred Thomas - "Altar" VideoOnly two days now until Fred Thomas releases Aftering, the final installment of an album trilogy that has proven to be a career renaissance for the Detroit musician. All Are Saved and Changer set a high bar for the songwriter, but his singles from the new project, “Good Times Are Gone Again” and … More »

Fred Thomas – “House Show Late December”

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Fred Thomas’ album artwork for his upcoming album, Aftering — the last part of the trilogy comprising 2017’s Changer and 2015’s All Are Saved — finds a faded, pale blue wooden-siding wall that’s discolored and peeling. It’s sort of bleak and bright at the same time, which … More »

Fred Thomas – “Good Times Are Gone Again” Video

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Fred ThomasNearly two decades into his career, former Saturday Looks Good To Me leader Fred Thomas has had quite a run in recent years. His last release, 2017’s Changer, had a deadpan stream-of-consciousness that still managed to capture the fury and passion of growing into adulthood. Its track “Voiceover” snuck on to our 80More »

Anna Burch – “2 Cool 2 Care” Video

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Anna Burch has been kicking around the Michigan indie rock world for years, with a resume that includes singing in Frontier Ruckus, co-fronting Failed Flowers, and backing Fred Thomas on Changer (one of our favorite albums of the year so far). And now she’s signed to Polyvinyl, the resurgent Illinois record label that put … More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Stream Fred Thomas Changer

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Fred Thomas - ChangerFred Thomas used to lead the indie rock band Saturday Looks Good To Me, but his style has gone through some significant changes since then. In recent years, Thomas has perfected a sort of splintered-deadpan stream-of-consciousness ramble that reminds me of Jonathan Richman by way of Pavement, all filtered through the DIY aesthetics of right … More »

Fred Thomas – “Mallwalkers”

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ftchangerFred Thomas’ new album, Changer, comes out in a few weeks, and so far we’ve heard “Brickwall,” “Echolocation,” and “Voiceover,” and talked to Thomas himself about the transformations driving the new album. Today, he’s shared “Mallwalkers,” Changer’s closing track, a song about feeling too slow for this fast-paced world: “You find … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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The 5 Best Songs Of The WeekOur year-end coverage rolled along this week. We chose our our favorite songs, and looked at the best … More »

Fred Thomas – “Voiceover” Video

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ftvoiceovervidFred Thomas stumbles over his words on “Voiceover” as he tries to ascribe some sort of concrete language to late-night mental backflips of confusion and inequity and failed dreams, but he ends up just building to a frustrated exaltation of horns and a frenzied list: “All those angry dad feelings, all those White Castle feelings, … More »

Stream The Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl Comp

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Polyvinyl Plays PolyvinylIllinois indie rock label Polyvinyl Records is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a neat bit of self-referential reflection. On the 20-track compilation Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl, the label’s past and present artists cover each other. Some of the combinations are obvious (Beach Slang covering Japandroids), some not so much (Braid covering Alvvays). But all are worth … More »