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Jay Brannan

Jay Brannan

I first discovered Jay Brannan early last year while watching the “New Now Next” show. After watching his video for “Body is a Temple,” I immediately got onto iTunes and purchased the four songs of his that were available. A little over a year and a half later, I was pleasantly surprised to hear he […]

Uh Huh Her

Uh Huh Her

You probably heard of Leisha Hailey from her involvement as an actress with the L Word on Showtime and, evidently, she’s got some pipes. Joining the plethora of actresses who’ve tried to make a go of it in the music industry (Juliette Lewis and Scarlet Johansson come to mind), Hailey lends her voice to Uh […]

Daft Punk: Electroma

Daft Punk: Electroma

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Chriso and Thomas Bangalter, collectively known as Daft Punk, make some of the best dance music around these days. But just appreciating the duo’s music may not fully prepare you for the weirdness that is Electroma, the act’s new film. There is no dialogue driving this unique work, and when there is any […]

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog have a sound and demeanor that is the musical equivalent of a micro-brewery, and their set had all the makings of a perfect club-level indie rock show: Interesting opening band, full but not too crowded club, $2 PBR’s, active but not obnoxious crowd, and a hard working Beatles-inspired melodic/rocking headliner. Too bad the […]

Chromeo

Chromeo

Sounding like the illegitimate love child of Prince and Daft Punk (imagine what those kids would look like), Montreal-based Chromeo makes music to seduce women to. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Dave 1 and P-Thugg weave stories of love lost, love found, and long-distance love by phone. This is an album that feels like […]

Einstürzende Neubauten

Einstürzende Neubauten

It doesn’t get any more German than Einstürzende Neubauten, at least as far as satisfying the American pre-conceived notion of the German brand goes. Think the SNL sketch ‘Sprockets’ or Run Lola Run. The band is known for pioneering industrial music with custom made instruments such as clanging metal sheets and building tools in addition […]

The Delta Fiasco

The Delta Fiasco

There comes a point where one has to put their Converse-clad foot down and shout “Alright, enough with these mash-up, made-up-on-the-spot hyphenated subgenres!” And while critics like myself can take a fair share of the blame for perpetrating this kind of ten-genres-in-one-word nonsense, it has to stop somewhere. Case in point: Blogcritics seems perfectly content […]

Wild Sweet Orange

Wild Sweet Orange

Perhaps it was hearing their “Land of No Return” on the wildly popular Grey’s Anatomy or catching a glimpse of their recent performance on David Letterman. Whatever it may be, the name Wild Sweet Orange is rolling off the tongues of indie rock lovers who are anxiously awaiting the release of the band’s debut LP, […]

Evangelista

Evangelista

Helmed by the confounding, prolific, avant-garde songstress, Carla Bozulich, Evangelista delivers dark, puzzling songscapes which invoke what it must feel like being sucked into a fiendish whirlpool. Bozulich has played in a duo with guitar improvisational mad man Nels Cline, Silver Mount Zion and also strangely and completely reinterpreting Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger in […]

Silver Summit

Silver Summit

I can only interpret this album as a Westerner approaches a foreign culture. There is a fascination with the strange sounds that seem only describable as “foreign,” “experimental,” or the all-encompassing nomenclature “other.” But what one must keep in mind is that folk music does not exclusively exist in America. When we think of folk […]