Bethany Cosentino on Best Coast, Pocahaunted and her approach to songwriting

In recent years, with bands ransacking the '60s, '70s and '80s for musical ideas and sounds, it's becoming increasingly easy to dismiss many musicians as being little more than throwbacks mimicking their artistic ancestors. But some of those songwriters aren't just inspired by older music; they explore the possibilities inherent in those sounds, whether by infusing the music with modern sensibilities or warping it beyond easy recognition.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.