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Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Even up to the point of walking into the old movie theater that has been converted into a music venue, I was unsure of what to expect from tonight’s Amos Lee show. In all honesty it had been awhile since I had intently followed what he had been doing musically for the past couple of […]

Bauhaus

Bauhaus

If goth fans love Bauhaus so much, it must be because the band keeps dying. Twenty-five years ago, when the foursome first called it quits, they did so just in time to save the band’s reputation. Bauhaus was quickly heading into the realm of slickly overproduced dance tracks, the kind that would have certainly defrocked […]

The Walkmen

The Walkmen

If it’s New York in the late ’90s and you add three-fifths of Johnny Fire*Eater to two-fifths of The Recoys in a studio in east Harlem, called Marcata Studios, you have The Walkmen. Since their debut in 2002 with Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, they have made significant headway as an indie […]

Noa Babayof

Noa Babayof

For the readers and listeners unfamiliar with the Israeli singer-songwriter/folkstress Noa Babayof and her new album, From a Window To a Wall, I feel it is best to offer two words of description for the benefit of your potential listening experience: woodland creatures. Now that we have that out of the way, please allow me […]

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Anyone who’s heard Sister Hazel on a recent album, or who has gotten the opportunity to hear the band in a live setting knows that they are as hungry as ever to be seen as the hardest working rock-alternative act to survive the mid-90s wave. Their albums are consistently solid chunks of radio-worthy Americana-tinged pop, […]

Girl Talk

Girl Talk

I received an email from Illegal Art, Girl Talk’s record label, that the new record would be shipping soon and could be acquired on the website. Being a reviewer and a definite fan, I assumed I would’ve found out about it earlier or at least known when the release date was going to be, but […]

Tristan Prettyman

Tristan Prettyman

Yuck. Adult contemporary, pseudo-blues that sounds like Bonnie Raitt backwash. I get Tristan Prettyman from the standpoint of a major label executive for no other reason than the fact that she’s easily marketable. For one, she’s the definition of a true beauty. She’s like a freckly faced, brunette version of a younger Michelle Pfeiffer circa […]

What Laura Says

What Laura Says

Were ADD-addled musicians stealing their older sibling’s copies of Blueberry Boat in 2004? It’s a question that arises every time some sprightly young musical shape-shifters come along with an album that’s a hopelessly ebullient collection of sonic smorgasbords. It’s one that listeners will undoubtedly ask themselves over and over again as they listen to the […]

Head Like a Kite

Head Like a Kite

What do you get when you combine an indie-rock musician with a hip-hop aesthetic? I’m not talking about rap-rock as I was one of the many happy to see that genre meet its demise. Dave Einmo (formerly of Spyglass and Sushirobo), the brain behind Head Like a Kite, has the answer. Fusing electronic-progressive production with […]

The Octopus Project & The Diagonals

The Octopus Project & The Diagonals

Webster’s defines dissonance as “a mingling of discordant sounds.” It defines melody as “a sweet, agreeable arrangement of sounds.” Regardless of what I may have thought at the beginning of the evening, by the end of the night I understood that these were not mutually exclusive terms. Listening to The Diagonals and The Octopus Project, […]