After years being a member - an outspoken member - of big bands such as Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine, Tom Morello is stepping out on his own.
There are great rock songs with meaningful lyrics that touch you and change your life. Fujiya & Miyagi don't write those kind of songs.
Nigerian musician Fela Kuti invented Afro-beat, the blend of jazz, funk and traditional African music that was the introduction to "world" music for many Americans. Antibalas, a Brooklyn-based collective of about 17 musicians, carry on Fela's legacy of making danceable, politically aware songs.
Eddie Baranek and organist-bassist Bobby Emmett come from Detroit and play swaggering garage rock. They've been touring with their self-titled album that includes the single "Just Got Robbed," which sounds like a staple of classic rock stations even though it was written in 2005.
Since forming in 2003, Gallic rockers Prototypes have already landed a top-ten single in France and enlivened both underground clubs and contemporary European art scenes with their punchy electronic rock.
The sentence that follows is grammatically correct, it's just that the Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John don't like commas. The group formed in Stockholm in 1999, but only really broke out with their third album and the single "Young Folks" which has been a hit in Australia, the UK, their home country and, of course, on YouTube.
On March 7, 2007 89.3 The Current and The Citizens League host "Policy and a Pint: Health Care Handcuffs" at the Varsity Theater. Steve Seel hosted and the guests were MPR's chief economic reporter Chris Farrell and economist Steve Parente.
Steve Seel hosted and the guests were MPR's chief economic reporter Chris Farrell and economist Steve Parente.
When the band Six Parts Seven was founded, they made a decision: they didn't want beautiful music ruined by poor vocals, so rather than wait for the perfect singer they decided to go instrumental.
Sometimes, a band-name just seems self-evident. Jesse Sykes woke up one day to find she'd lost her band and her marriage, and guitarist Phil Wandscher had just departed the group Whiskeytown.
Kristin Hersh has never had much for a career path, but the evolution of her music has always worked itself out.
Many are calling it a "supergroup," but whatever you do, don't call it a "band." In fact, The Good, The Bad, and The Queen -- the new project from Blur frontman (and Gorillaz founder) Damon Albarn -- is apparently the name of the album, not the group itself.
Sonya Kitchell's rare gift may result from some fortuitous conspiracy of genetics and environment, or it may be the manifestation of something more mystical -- but there's certainly no denying her exceptional talent. Kitchell is an eloquent songwriter, dazzling singer and old soul who just happens to be 17 years of age.
The Bon Savants' first album, "Post-Rock Defends the Nation," is a revelation. But for the Savants, who have long enjoyed a reputation as one of the smartest bands in Boston - frontman Thom Moran is a rocket scientist at MIT - an intelligent, cohesive album isn't enough. There is the small matter of actually selling "Post-Rock."
Heartless Bastards are a power trio whose members have taken a no-frills approach to life and music.