• The Rosebuds: Indie Sounds of the "Night"

    by • on Jun 18, 07 • in Indie Pop • with No Comments

    The Rosebuds Night of the Furies – 4/5 Narks The Rosebuds are back with their latest offering, Night of the Furies and they’ve added a new twist to their style. The husband and wife duo of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, known for their folk/indie rock melodies on the stellar Birds Make Good Neighbors, decided an electronic touch would be the perfect complement. This added element makes for catchy hooks that bring an indie-feel to the dancefloor. The lead single, “Get Up Get Out”, is one of the stand out tracks that showcases the group’s

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  • The Little Ones – West Coast "Sing Song"

    by • on Jun 5, 07 • in Indie Pop • with No Comments

    The Little Ones is an indie pop group from Los Angeles that has an penchant for writing addictive hooks over festive instrumentals. Though they have only begun to gain notoriety in the indie realm, they already have amassed a small following on the road, opening for the likes of Tilly and the Wall and the Kaiser Chiefs. They were recently blessed with the rotation of their singles on the Zane Lowe Show and given a spot on the NME New Music Tour across Europe. Their Southern California background and ’60’s pop influence is fittingly similar

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  • Scott Matthews: More Than "Passing"

    by • on Jun 1, 07 • in albums, Folk • with 1 Comment

    One of the best songs of last year was finally rewarded for its excellence. It wasn’t a Grammy or American Music Award, it was an Ivor Norvello award. Until today, I had never heard of the awards, but it is well deserved in this instance. “Elusive” by Scott Matthews was given the prestigious British award for merit in songwriting and composing. Scott Matthews is part of the wave of singer/songwriters from across the pond and has shown he can craft a great song in a variety of styles. His debut album, “Passing Stranger”, covers America-esque

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  • The Hood Internet: "Doe Boy" With A Backpack

    by • on May 25, 07 • in Mash-ups • with No Comments

    I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of the rap/rock infusion craze that took over the past few years. The Linkin Park/Jay-Z collaboration was fine (“Points Of Authority/99 Problems” was my favorite) and the unauthorized Nine Inch Nails/50 Cent “In The Club/Closer” mash-up was a crowd pleaser, but neither were ground-breaking (see trendsetters Run DMC & Aerosmith). But last week, on two occasions, I read about a forum where indie rock was blended with rap. My new musical passion, combined with the genre I grew up with and promoted countless times, no way

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  • Common: Top Of "The Game"

    by • on May 22, 07 • in Hip-Hop • with No Comments

    I have pretty much abandoned rap on this blog. Frankly, there isn’t much to get excited about anymore. There are an abundance of great producers, old (Timbaland, DJ Premier, Neptunes, Just Blaze, Kanye, etc.) and new (9th Wonder, Danja, RJD2, Hi-Tek, Cool & Dre), who craft eclectic and head-nodding beats, but there is a lull in the MC department. The past favorites that I grew up with are still around, but their output has waned tremendously. Kingdom Come was better than most of 2006’s offerings, but was nowhere near Jay-Z’s best. 50 Cent has been

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  • Feist: A Welcome "Reminder"

    by • on May 16, 07 • in albums, Indie Pop • with 1 Comment

    Feist The Reminder – 4/5 Narks Whether she meant to or not, Leslie Feist’s The Reminder is more than just a random album title. Budding songstress Feist, more than adequately makes a suggestion as to what mainstream music could be: clever, catchy, thoughtful songs, breezily sung over passionately arranged instrumentation. It doesn’t even have to be classified as “indie”. With her jump from a small, independent label to Interscope, it could easily be great pop music. “1 2 3 4” (and its great video) has already jump-started the buzz with a persuasive plea to a

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  • Jack Penate – Soon To Be "Star"

    by • on May 15, 07 • in Brit Pop • with No Comments

    Jack Penate is an up and coming musician from Blackheath, London and is gaining steam as he moves up the British music charts. His first single, “Second, Minute or Hour” lead the charge as an introduction to Penate’s ska-inspired riffs, intertwined with tales of young love. His latest release, the exceptional Spit At Stars EP, and lively tour across England, continues to ensnare fans and followers (including BBC Radio One DJ Zane Lowe) along the way. The lead track, “Spit At Stars” frantically brings Penate’s flair for rockabilly tunes to the mainstream. A jolly keyboard

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