Premiere: “Big Sky” by Pearl Lion

The SNL house band guitarist's ethereal instrumental pairs with shots of Joshua Tree, Antelope Canyon and more

Making us want to plan a road trip immediately is this stunning montage of visuals captured by Dan Huiting (whose music video resume includes Sylvan Esso, Caroline Smith, and lots of Bon Iver) for Pearl Lion’s film soundtrack-like instrumental “Big Sky.” “I was in LA and I just got this guitar pedal called ‘Big Sky,’” Pearl Lion aka Jared Scharff (who has been the guitarist …

Steve Gunn + Mike Cooper: Pony Blues

Two guitar virtuosos collaborate through RVNG for a Portugal-inspired session, and a Thai ghost story emerges

Cult label RVNG’s conceptual 12-inch series FRKWYS (pronounced “freakways”) pairs young contemporary musicians with groundbreaking predecessors. As there are no limitations on creation, anything can happen—like percussionist David Van Tieghem musically responding to a bulletin board of objects carefully chosen by others. Now in its 11th edition, the latest FRKWYS release pairs guitarist and singer-songwriter Steve Gunn (a former bandmate of Kurt Vile’s but whose …