It's been thirty years since The English Beat (or The Beat as they are called in the U.S.) formed in Birmingham, England in 1979. Well-known for their early-80s ska/punk hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Too Nice To Talk To," The English Beat broke up in 1983.
Eleni Mandell's breathtakingly honest and sweeping compositions have gained her acclaim far and near from her native Los Angeles. He swaggering pop-noir style has take full flight in her newest CD, "Artificial Fire."
A.C. Newman isn't just on the indie-pop music radar - he is the radar, and continues to captivate listeners with his newest record, "Get Guilty."
Seemingly thrashing through hip-hop, soul, pop, rock, and everything in between, the music of English born musician Tricky thrives on the unexpected.
Raphael Saddiq has kept soul music alive and well in the 21st century, both as solo artist and producer.
To say that Anni Rossi has given new life to the viola is an understatement. Together with her alternative folk style and lilting vocals, Rossi has reinvented the way this classical instrument is typically used and given new light to how Americana music is structured and presented.
The music of All the Saints, a three-piece rock band, seems to tie together loose ends of rock eras past and future. The driving sound of these Atlanta natives crashes metal into grunge into fuzz, creating a dark, pulsing sound that demands attention.
The dynamic musical careers of Antony and the Johnsons has already accelerated into 2009 with their new CD, "The Crying Light." With a voice that has been described as both haunting and inspiring, Antony has crossed boundaries through his music both artistically and socially since the band's first release in 1998.
Growing her sounds out of her native California, Alena Diane has grown her sound from the West Coast through Europe since emerging on the music scene.
In her sophomore album, "To Be Still," Alena further demonstrates her purposeful, penetrating sound.
While Benjamin Curtis' band Secret Machines and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza's band On-Air Library! were touring together in 2004, they decided to connect on a music project. By the end of 2006, Curtis and the Deheza sisters had completely disappeared into the band School of Seven Bells.
P.O.S., the versatile, genre shattering, locally-based musician, otherwise known as Stef Alexander, is once again taking the hip-hop world by storm with his latest release, "Never Better."
They met in Brooklyn where the duo of guitarist Tommy Eisner and drummer Linda Beecroft created the bluesy psychedelic folk-rock of Golden Animals. After the release of their first EP in 2006, they moved to southern California for a more laidback atmosphere to write their full-length.
The name Sebastien Grainger may not be familiar, but his voice might ring a bell. As the former singer and drummer in Death from Above 1979, Grainger jump-started his solo career after the band parted ways in 2006.
The Herbaliser is a Jazz / Hip-Hop band formed in the early 1990s by Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry. Herbaliser released a few EPs on Ninja Tune in 1994 and 1995 before releasing their debut LP, "Remedies."
Born into the music world, audiences have watched Nikka Costa grow through four albums, a process which challenged her to stay true to her unique, soulful sound.