If someone had the patience and time to
chart out Jeff Mangum’s band genealogy over the past two decades, it
would be long and complicated enough to make a Utah Mormon green with
envy. And if the genealogist was allowed to include influenced bands as
children, Mangum would be credited with an Old Testament number of
In a little less than two years, Ryan
Spencer and Adam Pressley have gone from a potential career disaster to
having one of the most acclaimed albums of the year in the form of Wormfood, their debut as Jamaican Queens.
Rundgren’s own latest album is called State and it
brings the long-time innovator into the modern scene full bore, with
energetic stabs at Electronica, Dub Step and Techno, with his unique
vocals and multi-layered/multi-instrumental arsenal thrown up against
the electronics to see what sticks.
Forget “love at first sight.” A cappella group Pentatonix had harmony at first sight. Recently,
they found viral-video success with “Evolution of Music,” a medley of
music from Gregorian Chants to contemporary Pop. Now, let them wow you.
If brevity is a virtue, Warm Soda should be up for some sort of musical sainthood. The Oakland, Calif., quartet’s debut album, the recently released Someone Like You,
clocks in at just more than 27 minutes but its 12 tracks quiver with
unbridled Pop/Punk intensity.