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Trumans Water

Posted on Oct 16, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Post-punk

Glen Galloway (guitar), brothers Kirk and Kevin Branstetter (guitar, bass), and 69-year-old drummer Andres Malinao comprise Trumans Water. The quartet deconstruct indie rock in the style of Captain Beefheart. A modern touchstone is Pavement; the two bands have the same laid-back air, sloppy riffs, and impenetrable lyrics…

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Don Gibson

Posted on Oct 11, 2018 in 50s, Country, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

Singer/songwriter Don Gibson was one of the most popular and influential forces in ’50s and ’60s country, scoring numerous hit singles as a performer and a songwriter. Gibson’s music touched on both traditional country and highly produced country-pop…

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Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Hardcore, Indie, Post-punk

During their eight-year existence, Jawbox developed into a top-tier post-hardcore band. While they became one of the most notable acts in Washington, D.C. shortly after their late-’80s formation … they were favorably compared to Chicago’s Big Black … Scrutinized for leaving D.C.’s beloved Dischord for a major label — they were the first to do so — Jawbox nonetheless released two excellent albums for Atlantic…

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World Of Twist

Posted on Sep 29, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Electronic, Indie

Electronic bubblegum outfit World Of Twist formed in Sheffield, England, in 1985. Singer James Fry (the younger brother of ABC frontman Martin Fry) and drummer Tony Ogden co-founded the group, recruiting guitarist Gordon King, bassist Andrew Hobson, saxophonist Rory Connelly, organist Nick Phillips, and synth player Andy Robbins to complete the lineup…

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Michael Nesmith

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in 70s, Country Rock, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

The comparatively level-headed member of ’60s teen sensation the Monkees, Michael Nesmith was the most proficient instrumentalist in the group and wrote their best in-house songs… In fact, he had written many songs before even joining the group…

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in 80s, ROCK/POP

Few rock groups of the ’80s broke down as many musical barriers and were as original as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Creating an intoxicating new musical style by combining funk and punk rock together (with an explosive stage show to boot), the Chili Peppers spawned a slew of imitators in their wake, but still managed to be the leaders of the pack by the dawn of the 21st century…

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Inspiral Carpets

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie, Psychedelic

Inspiral Carpets were arguably the third most popular band to emerge from the late-’80s/early-’90s Madchester scene. Like the Charlatans UK, they weren’t quite as innovative as the city’s two standard-bearers, relying less on the contemporary dance club beats that became Madchester pop’s identifying signature…

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The Box Tops

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in 60s, Psychedelic, ROCK/POP

During their brief lifespan, the Box Tops earned a reputation as one of the best blue-eyed soul groups of the ’60s, even if their recorded legacy wasn’t as large or consistent as, say, the Righteous Brothers or the Rascals. Today they’re remembered not only for their smashes “The Letter” and “Cry Like a Baby,” but as the launching pad for singer Alex Chilton…

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Silver Jews

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 in 90s, Alt-country, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

A beautiful mess of indie rock, country-rock and lo-fi with lyrics both witty and profound, the Silver Jews were formed in 1989 by writer/musician David Berman with his friends, guitarist/singer Stephen Malkmus and drummer Bob Nastanovich. The trio performed together as Ectoslavia when they studied at the University of Virginia; after graduation, they moved to New York and shared an apartment…

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Posted on Aug 23, 2018 in ALTERNATIVE, Contemporary, Indie

Tennis are an indie pop duo comprising husband and wife Patrick Riley (guitar, keyboards, production) and Alaina Moore (vocals, keyboards). They met while students in Colorado, and after graduating college they bought a sailboat and spent seven months sailing along the Eastern Seaboard. Post-adventure, they moved back to Colorado, and after getting settled began recording songs that had a modern lo-fi feel but a sweet ’50s pop heart…

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