As Matt Radick admits, it's "pretty obvious" the songs on 'Bitter Fruit,' his debut album under the mysterious nom de alt-folk Ann Pragg, come from "dark and confusing places." Indeed, the record (released earlier this week and streaming in full below) is a thing of stark, meditative beauty. Opener 'Demolition Dust,' a Diffuser.fm free MP3 download back in March, sets the mood for the subsequent 10 tracks, and despite the air of desolation and decay -- it's about the end of the world -- it must resonate with listeners. The tune earned Radick first place in our first ever Crucial Cut of the Month contest.
The EndAnd story is a family affair of sorts. The band’s history is one of collaboration by members of King Killer Studios in Brooklyn. What began as a duo featuring singer-guitarist Daniel Fern and drummer Mike Morales expanded to a trio when they asked bassist Bill Fitzgerald -- he of fellow King Killer band Capita Clip -- to join the effort. A week later, Fitzgerald was onstage performing EndAnd’s 2012 debut, ‘Adventures of Fi in Space,’ at its record-release show.
Brooklyn harbors many fans of both David Foster Wallace and '80s dance music, but few possess the creative mind of Daniel Abary.
Bridges and Powerlines continually look for ways to improve upon their sound, citing the harmony-driven three-minute pop-song structure as a driving force behind their music. The indie-pop band has garnered critical success with their 2006 self-titled debut EP and two full-length albums, ‘Ghost Types’ (2008) and ‘Eve’ (2001), which have landed them on some bands-to-watch lists.
Keegan DeWitt came to New York City last month with every intention of giving the city his all. The Wild Cub frontman and mastermind has a background in film score, but he's as comfortable onstage as he is in the studio, and that's fortunate, if not essential, given the nature of his latest project. Suave and poppy like Tears for Fears, slick and dancey like Prince, derivative of neither, Wild Cub kick irresistible neo-New Wave jams that have made the Nashville quintet one of this year's most buzzed-about bands.
Patrick Duniven's band plays mature, almost affluent Americana-folk that evokes the spirit of classic rock heroes.
Truly an international crew, Montreal foursome Wake Island features musicians from Lebanon, Canada and the United States. It's a brainy band -- one of 'em is studying cell biology -- and that really came through on their 2009 debut, 'Fairytales From the Island,' an attempt to, in their words, "reach a common center" through elaborate, orchestral rock.
Musically speaking, TruthBeTold and Big Cats! come from wildly different places.
Britain's Mike Marlin has carved out a niche for himself by creating music that sounds the way being followed by tragedy must feel.
You can call My My Misfire sleaze rock, but it might actually just be sleaze. Straight wit no "rock" chaser.