One of the most explosive forces in the indie rock community in the last few years, Wild Beasts have inspired everything from critical praise to interpretive dance troupe covers. The UK four-piece mix shoegaze traditions with glammy theatrics to tell their stories.
Joshua Carter and Sarah Barthel of Phantogram have known each other since junior high school but didn't become a band until 2007. After the duo honed their unique sound--slow-burning indie rock decorated with heavy, eerie electronics--they quickly earned the attention of independent labels.
Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall - known respectively as "3D" and "Daddy G" - are the founding members and driving force behind Massive Attack. I've been a fan of this band since my first listen to their full length debut, Blue Lines, back in the very early 90's. Massive Attack have their own "sound." While many trip hop bands sound a bit similar, Massive Attack stands out, yet offers a kind of certainty. It's not like the samey-same sound of one of The Ramone's songs versus another. It's more like a flow and a similarity to even their most decidedly different downtempo beat.
Dessa stopped by The Current studio to promote her debut release "A Badly Broken Code."
Just in case this nugget of pop culture is not on your radar, Twilight: New Moon is about vampires. You'd expect dark, moody and sinister, right? Well, that's what you get.
Taking his moniker from his birth place, Langhorne, PA, folk singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim (nee Sean Scolnick) now calls many places home including Portland, OR, California, and Brooklyn, NY.
How do you master the balance between sugary melodies and challenging subjects? Just ask Brooklyn native Kevin Devine who has been building his career on doing just that for over a decade.
Maria Taylor's brand of dreamy, folk-tinged rock has led to inspired collaborative and solo works since her career began over fifteen years ago.
"Sounds Of The Universe" is the 12th studio album from synth pioneers Depeche Mode -- their best since 1990's "Violator."
When I think about Dave Wakeling. I honestly get a little giddy. I mean, this guy has been a professional musician since I was in grade school! I remember hearing "Mirror In The Bathroom" years ago and loving that sound because I had honestly never heard anything like it before.
It is unusual for young, college bands to gain widespread critical acclaim just months after their formation, but that's exactly how Ra Ra Riots story began.
Singer, playwright, director and songwriter Oren Lavie has grown up all over the world, carrying influences from each of his seemingly native lands into his music.
He's been called everything from balladeer to punk rocker, anti-folker to indie-popper. On his twelfth birthday, he received his first electric guitar and in 1993 started his first punk band, Radish. They broke up in 1999 and Ben Kweller moved to Brooklyn, New York to embark on a solo career.
Anya Marina has been on the radio for years. Except she was the one playing the music rather than creating it. The former San Diego DJ is on the other side of the microphone now with her delicate song-writing.
In 2001, after six years with Chicago funk bank, Bumpus, singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata decided to go solo. Now, one album and three EPs later, she's releasing a new double-disc album entitled, "Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart."