Punk Rock covers a lot of serious, meaty
topics — individualism, anger, materialism, rebellion. But as
Guttermouth has proven, Punk Rock can also be about spitting in the face
of propriety for the sheer pleasure of it: They are reportedly banned
in Canada and have a song about a donkey sex show.
For eight years, Dom Flemons was a part
of the retro-yet-groundbreaking Carolina Chocolate Drops. After a great run that included a Grammy and wide-spread critical acclaim, Flemons decided to break away last year and strike out on his
Young Arizona Roots/Bluegrass quintet Run
Boy Run clearly has a reverence for what’s come before them — most of
them grew up in musical families connected to the Arizona Bluegrass
scene. But the subtly integrated elements of Classical music, Jazz and
Pop give the group enough of a slant that they are often dubbed a
It seems almost unfathomable, but
Johnette Napolitano has been a musical fixture for over three decades,
with her pummeling bass style, distinctive and alluring dusky vocal rasp
and an almost Zelig-like knack for aligning herself with some of Rock’s
more prominent personalities.
Last year was a momentous one for
Indie/Alt Folk quartet von Grey, with a relentless road schedule, television appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan and triumphant debuts at South By Southwest and Bonnaroo.
On Houndmouth’s full-length debut, 2013’s From the Hills Below the City,
you can tell the quartet is smitten with the majestic charm of
Americana masters The Band. “Penitentiary,” the calling-card tune that
triggered Internet buzz and eventually drew the interest of famed indie
label Rough Trade, could be mistaken for a Music from Big Pink