Coming on the scene in the late ’80s/early
’90s as a new guitar hot shot, Eric Johnson lit up the frets and the
music world with a Grammy Award win for his original instrumental,
“Cliffs of Dover,” in 1991. Though a multi-instrumentalist of the
highest order, he is mostly known for his fluid guitar pyrotechnics.
These days, it’s an accomplishment to find something that
lasts 25 months, let alone 25 years. And yet The Iguanas are still
making vital music and crisscrossing the country to present it in its
most elementally satisfying live fashion, a quarter century after the
band’s formation in New Orleans.
The original derivation of a casket (or casquette) girl
referred to an early 18th century female who had been repatriated from
France to the French colonial South in order to marry; “casket” referred
to the small chest that held their belongings.
Cheers Elephant is a blatantly hook-laden
AltPop band that brings a sense of humor and 1960s-era verve to their
sound. With reverb-a-plenty and blue-sky harmony vocals, the up-tempo
band keeps its big beats front and center.
Like Tegan & Sara (with whom they’ve
toured), Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Brooklyn Indie Pop band Lucius
wrap their vocals around each other, both in harmony and unison, with
the impressive precision of two vocalists who’ve sung together their
What if they threw a band party and only the rhythm section showed up?
That’s the oddly conceived question that
has been answered by vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben
Thatcher, doing business as the Garage/Psych/Blues duo Royal Blood.
It hardly seems possible that a decade
has gone by since the original formation of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah,
although given the band’s current status, there’s an argument to be made
that the quintet didn’t actually make it to the 10-year mark.