Tommy’s World by Abigail Beck “Photography can elevate the quality of life.”  –Tommy Lundberg A cooling breeze floated down the alley in West Hollywood. The sun was beginning to set, forcing the oppressive Southern California heat into reluctant submission, but the red neon signs and black-and-white striped awning of Alfred Coffee {In The Alley} didn’t […]


Living on Contradictions An Interview by Andrew Collins Dillon Hodges was into bluegrass before bluegrass was cool. Hailing from a small town in northern Alabama, he had his musical coming age playing bluegrass with musicians four times his age and at the tender age of 17 accomplished his life goal of winning the 2007 National Flat […]


Infernal Enquiries An Interview by Heather M. Surls Having reviewed Tevis’s first book, The Wet Collection, two years ago, RedFence writer Heather M. Surls sat down (via Skype) with the author to talk about the artistic process and, of course, her second book of lyric essays, The World Is on Fire (Milkweed Editions, 2015). RedFence: Something that struck me in The […]


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Q&A: Josh Garrels

by Andrew Collins on August 21, 2015

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Finding a Way Home by Andrew Collins Josh Garrels’ music is marked by his deep and total immersion in the entire creative process–from the inception of the first melodies to production, performance and even distribution. All of the Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter’s seven albums are self-produced. His music dips into genres as diverse as hip-hop, electronic, […]


Thawing to the Music by Andrew Collins Spring, like any season, ought to have a great soundtrack, and we think New York indie pop outfit Panama Wedding brings just the right crisp, feel-good vibes to brush off the winter doldrums and set the tone for a fresh palate of springtime adventures. The band has only […]


Soul of an Artist by Kathryn Dean Above the fireplace hangs a black and white photo of four kids standing among the wildflowers. Wispy hair, innocent faces, and angelic eyes – unassuming but beautiful. The echoes of a howling winter still hang in the air, but here I find the promise of Spring and flowers […]

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The Meat Whisperer by Kathryn Dean A short ferry ride from the modern, frenetic city of Seattle recently took me to an island where more rustic ways of life hold sway. Here, the brightly colored paint and white trim of beach homes stand in stark contrast to the peeling earth tones of inland farmhouses. In […]


Unchained Horror by James Roland Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead met as interns at Ridley Scott’s commercial production company. Soon they were working together on a variety of short films and spec advertisements, and when Justin approached Aaron with a genre-bending horror script called Resolution, they decided to pool their talents and resources to get […]

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The Science of Story by James Roland I had the opportunity to watch Gravity this weekend with Robby Stephenson, Senior Engineer in the Mechanical Engineering Division at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Afterward, we talked about the science on display in the film, what they got right and what seemed off. More importantly, we talked about how […]


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Interview: Eliza Rickman

by Sarah Carman on March 23, 2011

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Gilded Lilies and Cinnamon Bones by Sarah Carman RedFence Writer Sarah Carman sat down with Eliza Rickman, our new favorite singer-songwriter. The two discussed everything from toy pianos to singing backwards, wine-bottle percussion, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Backstory: “My parents were kind of like, ‘Where did she get this? We are not musical; what is going on?’” […]