Profiles

Michael Sempert of Birds & Batteries on Panorama and San Francisco

San Francisco's Birds & Batteries may be essentially a pop band, but the lushness of the act's songwriting and the ability to evoke and articulate complex emotions with poetry and intensity is a rare talent these days. The group's latest album, 2010's Panorama, lived up to its title as a thematically wide-ranging group of songs tackling politics and human relations without resorting to preachy lyrics or leaning on mere volume to communicate the meaning of the music in a visceral way.

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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.