After a handful of consistently diverse indie albums, Portugal. The Man got the call from the big leagues and
delivered a world-class major-label debut with 2011's glam-charged In the Mountain in the Cloud.
There aren't many albums that can be described as both contentious and tragic, but this Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse collaboration certainly fits that slim category. The tragedy is that Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous and guest vocalist Vic Chesnutt both committed suicide before the album's official release.
If great press translated to negotiable currency, Tommy Keene would have Bill Gates for a personal assistant and pay him weekly out of petty cash. He's been called a potential star so many times, NASA has photographed him with the Hubble telescope. Find the proof on 'Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009' (the title being an allusional pun on the seminal Rock opera by The Who, one of Keene's biggest avowed influences).