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Deastro

Deastro

First things first: Deastro and I have a bit of history. Randolph Chabot Jr., the ultra-talented experimental pop-mastermind behind the moniker, once played at a house show I set up back in Ann Arbor, Michigan — ah, the college days… We’ve kept in loose contact ever since. When my editor Matt Conner asked me about […]

Anathallo

Anathallo

Late last year, a beautiful little album released to some critical acclaim and fanfare, but just might have become lost in the shuffle of year-end responsibilities, higher profile releases and the like. Of course, for hardcore Anathallo fans, the reality of Canopy Glow was hardly a humble event. But outside the Chicago folk/pop collective’s fans, […]

A Shoreline Dream

A Shoreline Dream

After a few minutes of chatting with A Shoreline Dream’s singer, Ryan Policky, and their guitarist, Erik Jeffries, it became obvious to me that these guys can be as different as night and day one minute and two peas in a pod the next. Diversity and unity all wrapped up in one neat little package. […]

Röyksopp

Röyksopp

It was the pure fun of Melody A.M. that placed Röyksopp on the map. It was The Understanding that brought them depth with its darker, ethereal moods. And after eight years, Röyksopp now finds a balance with Junior, the first of two planned 2009 releases (Senior being the other) displaying both now-muted sides. Electronica has […]

Judd & Maggie

Judd & Maggie

Judd & Maggie is a duo composed of one older brother and one younger sister. Together, they write songs, harmonize beautifully, and create anything but the sort of racket sung about on the title track to the act’s most recent release, Kingdom of Noise. The pair’s debut, Subjects, was produced by the father/son team of […]

O+S

O+S

Music is all around us if you know where to listen. And if you know what to do with it. O+S, the combined powers of Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art in Manila) and Scalpelist (aka Cedric LeMoyne of Remy Zero), have created an unusual pop record based on sounds both every day and out-of-the-ordinary. Transforming […]

These United States

These United States

I think I cursed Jesse Elliot. The least I can do, then, is to try and name his van. The principal member of These United States has experienced his version of the music experience demythologized. Yet things are looking up for the D.C. band, with their third album forthcoming in less than two years, a […]

Felice Brothers

Felice Brothers

It’s often said that returning to our roots is a good thing. It keeps us grounded, remembering where we came from and appreciative of our current status. For the Felice Brothers, that means continuing to play the subway from time to time, even as their rising country/folk rock status takes them to stages much bigger […]

Youth Group

Youth Group

Poor Youth Group. They’re enduring two rock and roll pitfalls at the same time and there’s not much they can do about either one. That is, except wait things out, continue to create meaningful art and hope that good music wins out in the end. The Aussie foursome had a mega-hit in their homeland, “Forever […]

Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento made his first foray into the mainstream music scene with the Benevento/Russo Duo. The alternative jazzy rock style of Joe Russo and Marco made an incredible inventive and infectious sound that was hard to classify yet appealing to so many. In that regard, not much has changed for the NYC native as Benevento’s […]