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WhoMadeWho: Delving Knee Deep Into the Dark Nerve

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WhoMadeWho is a genre-tripping, Danish dance rock band who may be named after an AC/DC song, which is apropos, since their tight jams and falsetto-strewn choruses would make Angus Young, in his prime, quake with jealousy.

5 Apr 2011 | More

The Black Shades: Now Hear This

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As Kentucky’s The Black Shades tell it, they formed out of sheer necessity. In their own “wild minds” they like to reveal a little about their origins with this tale: “Jack White and David Bowie got together over a dinner of boiled goose (prepared by Julian Casablancas) and asked that fate bring Aaron Clark, Michael Dean, Michael Thomas, and Jerry Kessinger together in order to create the indie-dance-pop tunes that so many folks are pining for these days

3 Apr 2011 | 3 comments | More

Hazel Jade Rogers: Now Hear This

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It’s not often we make a point of highlighting teenage talent the likes of Dublin-based Hazel Jade Rogers, now a savvy fifteen-year-old, whose first non-school performance was a mere two years ago, when she sang in the opera Carmen in a major Irish concert hall.

30 Mar 2011 | More

Dean Fertita: It’s a Fire

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At some point as a young teen in Royal Oak, Michigan, Dean Fertita wrote the phrase “Hello=Fire” on a scrap of paper during a computer class because it “sounded cool,” he surmises. Not because he actually knew what it meant back then as a middle schooler, although these days, Fertita can now certainly apply the fascinatingly ambiguous formula to a host of situations in life.

17 Jan 2011 | 1 comment | More

British Sea Power: The Dance of a Decade Begins

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It’s not a mere name and British Sea Power’s quest for travel is nothing to be sneezed at. While the band was gearing up for their latest album Valhalla Dancehall, which marks a decade of their existence, they gleaned inspiration from visiting a few far off places, plunking down guitars to play in remote locales such as atop the Great Wall of China and inside the Arctic Circle.

10 Jan 2011 | 2 comments | More

The Greenhornes: Ain’t No Easy Way Out

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Considering their collective and altogether impressive pedigree, The Greenhornes are as delightfully unassuming as they come for an American rock ‘n’ roll band that enjoys the kind of whiplash praise they receive and the esteemed company they keep.

21 Dec 2010 | 2 comments | More

Parasite Diet: Now Hear This

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Parasite Diet are a power pop punk duo from the future, existing in a remote zone called Paducah, Kentucky when they aren’t hopping planets and decades, so it’s not certain where they came upon oldies like The Ramones, The Undertones or Devo…

13 Dec 2010 | 2 comments | More

The Joy Formidable: It’s Not Bugs Or Snakes, But People Who Scare Us

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The Joy Formidable, the North Welsh power trio, are truly a band to be reckoned with. They’ve already supported Sir Paul McCartney in Cardiff during his spring arena tour, played to hordes of fans at Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury, and now, are rapidly conquering the world.

8 Dec 2010 | More

Jamaica Say People Drinking Need more ABBA

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Put some summer into your December with the slick pop licks of “I Think I Like U 2″ from Paris-based duo Jamaica, who just made their NYC debut during CMJ this October. The song’s good enough to sell cheery Volkswagons, so it’s bound to beat your winter blues.

1 Dec 2010 | 3 comments | More

The Pipettes Surge On Past ’64

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They’ve ditched their starched, polka dot dresses and Phil Spector girl group sound that made them a hit with their top ten debut, but Brighton, England’s perfect pop act The Pipettes are back, with a twist.

15 Nov 2010 | More