Night Moves took the reverse Radiohead route in getting its full-length debut, Colored Emotions,
a proper release. The Minneapolis trio streamed
its self-produced album for free on Bandcamp, eventually drawing notice
from the peeps at Domino Records, who released a “refurbished” version
of the album last fall.
Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Swear and Shake coalesced just a couple of
years ago, but from the sound of its debut full-length Maple Ridge,
you’d swear (and shake) that this electric Folk marvel has been
percolating over the course of a decade or more with a half dozen
previous releases under their belts.
Joey Cape might be among Punk’s busiest purveyors, but his longest standing and best-known band is
obviously Lagwagon, one of the original Punk/Pop groups that emerged
from the early ’90s California scene.
Mixtapes guitarist/vocalist Ryan Rockwell and his bandmates developed an interesting songwriting regimen after the release of their first recording. Whenever
Rockwell and Maura Weaver, Mixtapes’ guitarist/vocalist and Rockwell’s
songwriting partner, would hit on a particularly resonant tune, they
would relegate it to a slush pile of material for an album they
intended to serve as their full-length debut. Mixtapes’ song bank proved to be an effective strategy.
In July 2011, Esquire writer Andy Langer argued that
Little Dragon's sound bears great resemblance to Prince's.But
even with those similarities, Little Dragon is far too capable and
confident to ape another artist without showing its own personality. They are careful both when they go fiery
and when they chill out, and with an extra dash of the right je nais se quoi, their sound has legit potential to be big on the right radio stations.
Australian Pop/Rock band Men At Work hit me — and many
other music fans around the world — at just the right time. I was 12
when the single “Who Can It Be Now?” exploded onto the charts. I was
intrigued by the group’s quirkiness, but it was singer/guitarist Colin
Hay’s voice that initially drew me in.
In an interview last year, frontman Andrew
McMahon of Pop Rock band Jack’s Mannequin said the band’s mission was
simply to get “people fired up for some new music.” That new music
arrived in early October with People and Things, the third album from the group led by the piano-playing vocalist McMahon.