It is likely that every story you ever read about Jesca Hoop will mention this -- she got her big break while she worked as a nanny for Tom Waits' kids. He passed her demo on to some influential people in the business. While it might be hard for Hoop to escape that biographical bullet point, her music certainly stands on its own. Her SXSW appearance is her second on The Current.
With The Raveonettes' fourth CD Lust Lust Lust landing on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the band has secured their position as Denmark's most popular musical export ever. Sune Rose Wagner began writing the album at a rehearsal space in London, where he churned out seven songs in the first day. The result is 14 songs that his cohort Sahrin Foo describes as "direct and in your face."
28-year-old musician Nicole Atkins was born and raised in Neptune City, located a stones throw from fabled Asbury Park. By the age of 13, she found an old beat up guitar in the attic of her house and taught herself to play a Grateful Dead song.
Named after the seventeenth-century French king, San Diego's glam-punk rockers Louis XIV are back with their sophomore album "Slick Dogs and Ponies." They've decided that you will either love it or hate it.
December 22, 2007 is Heiruspecs Day in St. Paul. After 10 years together playing live-band hip hop, it's about time their hometown honors the contribution to the local music community they've made over the years.
Some would say that stand-up comedy would be the perfect preparation for a career in the music industry. However, Nellie McKay decided to go her own way with her Hungry Mouse label and self-produce her new album "Pretty Little Head" and her 30-minute miniature entitled "Obligatory Villagers."
Local legend and Polara frontman Ed Ackerson has crossed several things off of life's to do list: make a band, write songs, produce records, start a record label, and engineer records. However, he's never recorded a solo album until now. Ackerson recorded and played all of the instruments on the acoustic meets electric indie-pop self-titled release.
One thing we learned about Me'Shell Ndegeocello today is that she doesn't like to be boxed in nor does she care to be placed in a specific genre of music. Me'Shell Ndegeocello scored a few early hits in her career but decided to concentrate on more challenging material by exploring the politics of race and sex, among other topics.
Beginning his career in 1979 as the guitarist in The Clean, David Kilgour has been weaving his career between playing with Clean, other projects, and creating his own solo work.
Art Brut's first full-length CD was "Bang Bang Rock and Roll" released in May 2005. Since that time, the band has been out touring making even better music and they released their second full length project entitled, "It's A Bit Complicated" in June 2007.
Man of many pseudonyms including False, Jabberjaw, and Audion, Matthew Dear creates a genre-bending style of music ranging from poppy electronic to minimalist techno to dancefloor-friendly rock.
Growing up in Idaho, Josh Ritter's folk-styled music began when, after being inspired by the music of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, he got his first guitar. His career exploded in Ireland after he met Glen Hansard and started touring with The Frames.
The playful indie-pop brother and sister duo Matt and Eleanor Friedberger of Brooklyn's Fiery Furnaces have just released their fifth full-length album Widow City.
John Vanderslice grew up in Florida and Georgia before eventually moving to Potomac Maryland. He took piano lessons as a child, and by eighth grade he had learned to play guitar. He released three well-received albums with the band MK Ultra and in 2000 his solo debut album, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, was recorded in his own studio, Tiny Telephone which he started in 1997.
It's been five years since San Francisco's alterna-pop rockers Imperial Teen have released a record. Evidently, that's enough time for the members of the band to have a baby, record some songs for television, pursue a career in hairstyling, and work on another music project.