On the surface, Pure Bathing Culture has
had a relatively brief but potent existence, with three well-received
releases in four years, including its last album, 2015’s diverse and
somewhat atypical Pray for Rain.
It should come as no surprise that Ani
DiFranco is keenly interested in the upcoming U.S. elections — her
music, which has appeared on more than 20 albums since her
self-released, self-titled debut surfaced in 1990, has long been
preoccupied with politics.
With the resurgence and return of
Shoegaze giants like My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Swervedriver, it’s
not surprising that contemporary bands following a similar sonic arc are
enjoying a little added attention as a result.
For a living, breathing testament to the
wide-ranging influence guitar innovator Jimi Hendrix had (and continues
to have) on contemporary music, one need only glance at the lineup for
this year’s Experience Hendrix tour.