On a whim, Zach Rogue of local favorite Rogue Wave bought a ticket to Bloomington and booked time at a friend's recording studio. After years of being on the road with his band, he felt the urge to try something new. And that's when his latest project, Release the Sunbird, was born. The result of his time in the Bloomington studio is Come Back to Us, which makes its debut on July 26. New faces and voices are behind this album, and the project's members—Pete Shreiner on drums, Kenny Childers on bass and vocals, and Kate Long on vocals—brought out a side of Zach Rogue as a singer and songwriter that we haven't seen in a long time. Have a listen and decide for yourself—Release the Sunbird is playing the Swedish American Hall on Thursday, 7/28, and we're giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the show. Check out our Q&A with Zach Rogue and leave a question for him about this new project in the comments section below. We'll pick 2 winners at random on Monday, 7/25.
The party can’t go on forever. This year’s weeklong Noise Pop Festival went out with a bang, a sigh and swaying fans came to worship at the whim of Ben Gibbard last night. Headlining a rare solo show at a packed Great American Music Hall, the indie rock icon brought out the nostalgia and a little of the future of his band Death Cab for Cutie with tons of favorites and a teasers from the band’s newest and seventh record Codes and Keys, due in late May.