How best to describe the lush danceable
laptop Hip Pop/Indie Rock of French Horn Rebellion? If you’re known by
the company you keep, the Milwaukee-raised/Brooklyn-based duo is rubbing
elbows with the right kind of people, including Savoir Adore, Nini Fabi
(HAERTS), Ghost Beach, MGMT and a veritable who’s who within the
Has it really been nearly a quarter
century since Alice in Chains broke Seattle’s mainstream Grunge seal
with “Man in the Box”? A lot has changed since that bluesy, metalized
wail dominated Rock radio, the most obvious being the 2002 death of
singer Layne Staley, whose drug issues long hampered the band’s
Girls Guns and Glory is an unusual entity
in this day and age, a fairly normal band that rides the rail of the
early Country music influences found in Rock & Roll. Still, they are
modern in their sensibilities and are not a part of the current retro
trend in roots music.
Goodness gracious, I can’t seem to stop listening to Ellie Goulding. The day-glow princess released her second album, Halcyon,
more than a year ago. It quickly became an obsession for tons of Synth
Pop and Dance music fans — and plenty of less synth-obsessed music
Tegan and Sara’s seventh full-length, last year’s Heartthrob,
is a sleek, synth-driven affair rife with the twins’ interweaving
vocals and enough hooks to power a dozen less-accomplished albums. It
represents the culmination of an evolution that has seen the
raven-haired Canadians move from Lilith Fair-nurtured, Indie Folk
upstarts to masters of perpetually heartsick Pop Rock.
Seven years ago, six like-minded
residents of Greensboro, N.C., assembled around the concept of wanting
to channel their classic Rock & Roll influences into an acoustic
Folk/Jazz/Soul stompathon. The sextet christened its newly minted
aggregation Holy Ghost Tent Revival.
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas' latest release, the EP Demons, is perhaps the
group’s most impactful effort yet, seamlessly blending classic Soul,
slanted AltRock and dark and shadowy gypsy/cabaret sounds into an aural
mélange that suggests a supergroup starring Janelle Monáe, Dap-Kings, ZZ
Ward and Gogol Bordello.
Ace guitarist Robben Ford has always had
the chops. The California native has a resume that includes five Grammy
Award nominations, as well as music made with a list of artists ranging
from George Harrison, Miles Davis and Phil Lesh to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie
Raitt and Susan Tedeschi.
Nickel Creek is back. The Bluegrass-y trio first arrived in
1993 and quickly became a well-loved band. In 2007, they embarked on their “Farewell (For
Now)” tour. Now, they’ve teamed up once again for
the release of A Dotted Line.
Joe Casey is agitated. The frontman and
chief word slinger for Detroit’s Protomartyr opens the quartet’s second
full-length record, the stellar Under Color of Official Right,
with this recurring statement: “There’s just a clack in the brain now.”
One of the finest bands to emerge from
the Dayton, Ohio, music scene over the last 15 years, Lab Partners
continue to carry on Gem City’s reputation as a hot-bed for Indie Rock.
The band also has direct ties to some of the artists who helped bring
international attention to the city’s music in the first place.
There is a fair amount of evidence that
Jam/Psych bands are primarily interested in mindless noodling on a
musical bridge to nowhere, Electronic bands are satisfied to
“unce-unce-unce” on varying themes with no discernible point and Prog
bands have a tendency to disappear up their own asses with Classical
suites and Middle Earth imagery. Papadosio understands all of those
stereotypical paradigms and assiduously avoids falling prey to any of them.
Given his raspy delivery, spare acoustic
guitar accompaniment, erudite wordplay and numerous Tom Waits videos
posted on his Tumblr page, it’s easy to draw a line between Seattle
singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen and the world’s most famous boho
troubadour. Too easy, perhaps.
Sidewalk Chalk's just-released second album, Leaves, opens with a live clip in which frontdude/rapper Rico Sisney and frontlady/singer Maggie Vagle ask a crowd to shout out the Hip Hop crew's name on the count of three. It's a fitting intro, for this Chicago octet is, first and foremost, interested in interaction, about stirring minds and moving asses.