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“Extraordinary Love” - Erika Wennerstrom

“Extraordinary Love” - Erika Wennerstrom

Sounds Like:

A slow-burning anthem, taking Wennerstrom’s blues belting into mystic realms  

Why You Should Care:

For 14 years, Erika Wennerstrom has led Cincinnati-via-Austin’s Heartless Bastards, an unabashedly earnest and gritty garage rock outfit spotlighting her rough-hewn, soaring vocals. At times evocative of an imaginary indie-rock Melissa Etheridge, or the second coming of Lone Justice’s Maria McKee, Wennerstrom was the distinguishing factor in a pleasing, but not always distinctive, ensemble.

For her first solo album, Sweet Unknown — Heartless Bastards haven’t broken up; they’re just on hiatus — Wennerstrom stretches herself in some unexpected ways, spotlighted by the nearly seven-minute long intro single “Extraordinary Love.” Behind a tangled electric guitar solo, Wennerstrom sings of searching for romantic and spiritual fulfillment. She employs every metaphor for a spiritual journey you can imagine: endless roads, mountaintops, native potions — before her inchoate yearning spirals into another guitar solo and an extended closing wordless chorus stretching out the final two minutes. “Extraordinary Love” is an unlikely merger of heavy blues and space rock that would’ve been somewhat out of character for the Heartless Bastards, so it makes sense that it’s presented as a solo project, and a new facet of Wennerstrom’s musical life.


Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Jenn Wasner has spent the better part of the past decade slaying as one half of indie powerhouse Wye Oak. Earlier this year, she released her long-in-the-works solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, under the name Flock Of Dimes.

Predictably, it TOO, slayed.

Before a recent tour stop in the nation's capital, Wasner joined us to talk about how Flock Of Dimes came about, creating versus destroying, relocation, and the power of small actions on the world around you. 

Did we mention how much Jenn Wasner slays?


Episode 221: Flock Of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes

Episode 221: Flock Of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes

The next great battle in the streaming wars may have just been started by Pandora with the announcement of their "half-price" streaming service. Is $4.99 a month the future of the music industry, or the beginning the end of it as we know it?

After a career conquering the indie airwaves as one half of Wye Oak, Jenn Wasner is breaking out on her own under the name Flock Of Dimes. 

Washington, DC's Aaron "Ab" Abernathy has spent the past few years acting as music director for hip-hop artist Black Milk and perfecting his performing chops with his band Nat Turner. Now Ab is about to break out on his own with a new LP,  Monologue, and we've got a taste of what's in store with his latest, Prince-tastic single, "I See You".


Episode 67: Sylvan Esso

Episode 67: Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso started off as a side-ish project between Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, but has quickly blossomed into their full time gig, due in no small part of the success of their stunning debut album released earlier this year. In our latest podcast we sat down with Amelia and Nick the morning after they delivered a positively killer set opening for tUnE-yArDs at the 9:30 Club to discuss how the project came together, where they draw their formidable creative spark from, pop music, the internet, Moms and more. So tune in now to what is one of our favorite episodes to date of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast with Amelia and Nick from Sylvan Esso!


Interview with EAGULLS

Interview with EAGULLS

Hailing from Leeds, England, Eagulls have been making quite the stir as of late. Between the critical/fan reaction to their debut album and their antics penning open letters to the bands at SXSW about “Disney character-looking "frontmen” there’s been a lot to talk about. Before their debut performance in Washington, DC, the guys sat down with us to chat about the new album, the tour so far, future plans for the Eagull’s dynasty, and, of course, meeting Bill Murray.