• Larrikin Love – "Spark" Lost

    by • on May 11, 07 • in Brit Pop • with No Comments

    London based rockers, Larrikin Love exploded into the indie realm in 2005 and quickly gained recognition for great live performances and strong singles (“Happy As Annie”, “Six Queens”). It wasn’t long before Larrikin Love was snatched up by Warner Bros. and released the debut album “The Freedom Spark” in September 2006. Their blend of rock, punk, and bluegrass is refreshing and easily keeps the attention of listeners with music ADD. Unfortunately, after a splattering the British music charts throughout last year, the band “amicably” has decided to call it quits. “Happy As Annie” is quite

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  • Editors: Summer Jump-"Start"

    by • on May 7, 07 • in albums, Indie • with No Comments

    Editors are back with the lead single from their sophomore album, An End Has A Start. The stellar “Smokers Outside Hospital Doors” is sure to build anticipation and lure new fans with its grandeur sound and heartfelt lyrics. Similar to “Camera” and “All Sparks” off The Back Room, lead singer Tom Smith commands attention with his larger than life voice that reverberates the speakers over a heavenly beat. I am interested to see the Editors growth over the past year and am anxious for June 25th, when An End Has A Start is released in

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  • Amy Winehouse: "Back" to the Future

    by • on May 3, 07 • in albums, Brit Pop • with 1 Comment

    Amy Winehouse Back to Black – 4.5 /5 Narks I first heard English songstress, Amy Winehouse, on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio One show (where I have found more gems than not), but not because I was interested in her. Ms. Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “You Know I’m No Good”, featured the only and only, Wu Tang Clan member, Ghostface Killah (the best rap name ever!). Of course, Ghostface held his own in a story of lovers that aren’t meant to be, but I was eager to find more from this soulful newcomer. On Amy Winehouse’s sophomore

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  • Arctic Monkeys: Far From A "Nightmare"

    by • on Apr 27, 07 • in albums, Indie • with 1 Comment

    Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare – 4/5 Narks The Sheffield, England-based Arctic Monkeys stormed onto the indie rock scene last year with an unprecedented amount of internet/myspace buzz and a party-starter single, “I Bet You Look Good On the Dance Floor”. The success translated into a #1 album (“Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”) in the U.K., the coveted 2006 Mercury album prize, and the crown of “fastest-selling debut album in British chart history.” The Arctic Monkeys quickly gained buzz as “the next great Brit band” in the U.S. and the pressured

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  • Jenny Owen Youngs: Hot In Herre…As In Michigan

    by • on Apr 25, 07 • in Covers, Indie • with No Comments

    A new artist I found out about yesterday is folk/indie rocker Jenny Owen Youngs. I was referred to her by the amazing weekly podcast, Pop Candy. The podcast is written by USA Today blogger Whitney Matheson and covers everything in pop culture (“Lost”, “30 Rock”, concerts, movies, etc.) and she usually gives some good music recommendations as well. I was particularly impressed with Jenny Owen Youngs with her earnest approach and pop potential (and lets face it, I’ve been a sucker for a lot of singer-songwriter types lately). Jenny Owen Youngs has some great songs

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  • Winterpills: Pleasantly "Light"

    by • on Apr 20, 07 • in albums, Indie • with No Comments

    Winterpills The Light Divides – 4/5 Narks An afternoon nap on a warm day. A relaxing, gradual boat ride down a narrow waterway. Being read to by the perfect story teller. These are all calming ways to unwind after a busy day/week. Using a mixture of acoustic folk/indie rock with subtle fabling, these are the same feelings evoked the Winterpills sophomore album, “The Light Divides”. The Winterpills are fronted by guitarist and lead singer Phillip Price along with keyboardist Flora Reed. The duo’s chemistry elevates the quartet’s “The Light Divides” with constant, layered male/female harmonies,

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  • The Klaxons: 'Myth'ilogical Ravers

    by • on Apr 19, 07 • in Electronic, New Rave • with No Comments

    The Klaxons Myths of the Near Future – 2.5/5 Narks Another Brit import entered Stateside airwaves in late 2006 and early 2007, ushering in a new form of music, “new rave”. The Klaxons have managed to infuse elements of electronica, disco, and punk with tales of fantasy and the supernatural on their 1st album, “Myths of the Near Future” (released in January ’07 in the U.S.). The album was highly revered in their homeland, entering the UK charts at #2, and is building steam indie circles abroad. Their success was sure to only continue with

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