As Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Aly Spaltro is currently
earning attention for raw, poignant tunes that glow with gusto — both as
wandering, relatively skeletal acoustic-rooted numbers and feisty,
forceful electric-propelled tunes. In either instance, she decorates her
songs with imagistic, compellingly detailed and often innocuous lyrics
about troubled relationships and scattered trepidations.
It doesn’t really come as a surprise
that slanted Americana-flavored singer/songwriter Will Oldham (aka
Bonnie “Prince” Billy) was an Everly Brothers fan as a kid growing up in
Louisville, Ky. More curious is the fact that Oldham’s latest album, What the Brothers Sang, is a tribute to the Everlys’ iconic employment of vocal harmony.
New Orleanian Dwayne Michael Carter
Jr., better known to the world at large as Lil Wayne, has jammed a
couple of lifetimes into his first 30 years, but that’s bound to happen
when you sign a music contract at age 9. That’s when Wayne linked up
with rapper B.G. to form the duo the B.G.’z and became part of the
renowned Cash Money roster.
Erick Eiser of NYC Indie Rock band The Dig had teenage aspirations of being in
the music business, a story as old as recorded music itself. But what sets
types like him apart from the dreamers is his willingness to commit to
the idea of a band and see the concept through.
Upstart two-piece (and, when live, four-piece) Pure
Bathing Culture — led by old friends, romantic partners and Vetiver
members Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman — filled the genre box on
its Facebook page with “New Age/Slow Dance/Adult