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Everything, Now!

Everything, Now!

Jon Rogers plays music next to a revolving door, rotating band members in and out who remain just long enough to make an album or play a tour and then leave for the next big thing. And after several years, he says he’s growing tired of it. Can’t blame him. Everything, Now!’s latest album garnered […]

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards isn’t one to rush into things. When writing lyrics, playing instruments or crafting songs, she is very intentional with her choices, which is probably why her material rises above a lot of the dreck found on the radio these days. It also helps explain why seven years have passed between album releases […]

Women

Women

I assume, at some point, that Pat Flegel will read these words. And being afraid enough as he is, I don’t need to add to his worries. Introducing a band like Women, the latest predictably brilliant signing to Jagjaguwar, would normally begin by throwing out genre definitions and comparable acts. Sort of a “if you […]

Speck Mountain

Speck Mountain

Right now, if you haven’t heard of Speck Mountain, you’re almost excused. If you haven’t heard of Speck Mountain by the end of 2009, however, you’ll have been living under a rock — or inside of one, hermit style — missing out on one of the brightest young bands to dial up the fender reverb […]

Hot Panda

Hot Panda

Montreal’s not the only place good music emerges from in the Great White North. Allow me to introduce you to Hot Panda, an indie rock outfit that turns on a dime from syrupy-sweet chants and choruses to wildly chaotic screams and swirls. And no matter the musical mood, Hot Panda is entirely enjoyable. We recently […]

Joshua Radin

Joshua Radin

Zach Braff seems to have helped a few musicians along the way. With key credits in movies like The Last Kiss and Garden State or on TV’s Scrubs (which network is that on now, anyway?), several artists have enjoyed the silver platter that critical television placements can provide. Of course, no artist benefited more than […]

Spinnerette/Brody Dalle

Spinnerette/Brody Dalle

Brody Dalle is back. Calling from her bed at home in L.A., the punk vixen sounds beyond ready for her new baby, Spinnerette, to be welcomed into the world. It’s been a long strange path, with Dalle finding attention in the press for reasons both personal (her divorce from Tim Armstrong and subsequent marriage to […]

Molly Jenson

Molly Jenson

With 2009 still in its infancy, we already have an early nominee for one of our year-end favorites – and it’s an album that was originally released almost four years ago. With the re-release of Maybe Tomorrow set for March 3rd, San Diego’s Molly Jenson is ready to take the music world by storm with […]

Roger O’Donnell

Roger O’Donnell

Giving in was not an issue. Serving as The Cure’s keyboardist, Roger O’Donnell felt backed into a corner, moving from making genre-defining records to becoming “the world’s best Cure tribute band.” Since the machine was responsible for neutering the band’s creativity, O’Donnell decided enough was enough and left the band to pursue music he could […]

Parts & Labor

Parts & Labor

Parts & Labor could be the post-apocalyptic punk rock prophets of our time. The Receivers album cover art says it all. The constructionist behemoth it depicts roams the wastelands of earth taking ruin and decay and repurposing it into life-giving squares of color. Call it the anti-Tarkus. Except Parts & Labor don’t consider themselves a […]