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The term “multi-instrumentalist” doesn’t really begin to describe the unconventional, über-talented Swedish singer/songwriter Christine Owman accurately. Owman is a one-woman show-stopper who takes on not merely a few, but almost twelve, instruments on her most recent album, Throwing Knives.
Brooklyn’s Monogold brought their lush, ambient sound onto the scene in 2008 with their debut EP, We Animals, followed by a CMJ showcase, heralded as “one to see” by many. This led to immediate attention from the likes of Spin, who included their song “Feel Animal” among their year’s top ten. Not too shabby for a band just starting out.
It’s lucky for Brooklyn-based Quill Quasar that he has an in with the astronauts, since his one of his main tasks, besides creating lasting hip-hop/rap/R&B tunes, is to “travel races throughout the galaxy in search of the only thing that can save earth from its impending doom – Love.”
I am Harlequin, otherwise known as Anne Freier, is a German-born, London-based singer/songwriter who’s got one of those sultry, belt-it-out voices that doesn’t quit. She writes indie pop songs on both harp and piano, often adding a spare, electro edge…
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
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.
Austin-born, Santa Monica-based J. Prhyme, aka Johnny Edson, had his SAG card as an actor at age 4 and started writing lyrics and music less than eight years later.
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…
Hopeful Monster, begun in 2001, is the main musical project of Toronto-based Jason Ball, and not just a mere term used in “evolutionary biology to describe an event of instantaneous speciation, saltation, or systemic mutation…