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Eilen Jewell

Posted on Sep 22, 2020 in Americana, Country, COUNTRY/FOLK

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Eilen Jewell began piano lessons at the age of seven and picked up the guitar when she was 14. She also fell under the powerful spell of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday (along with discovering other artists like Bob Dylan and Howlin’ Wolf). While attending St. John’s College in Santa Fe, she began playing the local farmers’ markets and bars. She moved to Los Angeles, then relocated all the way across the country…

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The Fiery Furnaces

Posted on Sep 19, 2020 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Indie

Restless sonic chameleons the Fiery Furnaces revolve around the brother and sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, whose prickly childhood relationship and musical family set the stage for their playful, unpredictable music. The Friedbergers’ grandmother was a musician and choir director at a Greek Orthodox church near the family’s home in Oak Park, IL…

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M C 5

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 in 60s, ROCK/POP

MC5 essentially laid the foundations for the emergence of punk; deafeningly loud and uncompromisingly intense, the group’s politics were ultimately as crucial as their music, their revolutionary sloganeering and anti-establishment outrage crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening. Under the guidance of svengali John Sinclair (the infamous founder of the radical White Panther Party), MC5 celebrated the holy trinity of sex, drugs, and rock & roll…

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Crazy Horse

Posted on Sep 11, 2020 in 70s, Country Rock, ROCK/POP

Out of all the backing bands Neil Young has recorded and performed with during his long and illustrious career, the best-known of the bunch (and perhaps one of the greatest garage rock bands of all time) remains Crazy Horse. The band’s roots lay in the obscure early ’60s doo wop band Danny & the Memories, which contained future Crazy Horse members Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot, and Ralph Molina, among others…

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My Morning Jacket

Posted on Sep 7, 2020 in 00s, Alt-country, ALTERNATIVE, Country Rock, Indie, Psychedelic, Southern Rock

Hailed as the new heroes of the alt-country scene when they debuted in the late 1990s, My Morning Jacket matured into an eclectic, sonically diverse ensemble whose work encompassed indie rock, psychedelia, folk, blues, and even dashes of funk and prog rock. Led by songwriter and lead vocalist Jim James, My Morning Jacket’s music is most strongly rooted in Americana…

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Okkervil River

Posted on Sep 3, 2020 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Taking their name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya, Okkervil River are a Lone Star State-based indie rock outfit led by erudite tunesmith Will Sheff, who has remained the sole constant member throughout the band’s tenure. Employing a wide range of styles that veer from vivid Americana and pastoral folk to rowdy indie rock and electronic-tinged psych-pop, the band became a regional fixture before finding national success…

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Seán Keane

Posted on Aug 30, 2020 in Contemporary Folk, COUNTRY/FOLK, Traditional Folk

The brother of Dolores Keane, one of Ireland’s finest singers, Seán Keane has consistently garnered acclaim for his own talents. A former member of Reel Union, which featured his sister, Mairtin O’Connor, and Johnny Faulkner, and Arcady, which featured Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh, Sharon Shannon, Cathal Hayden, and Frances Black, Keane has made his greatest mark as a soloist…

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Mighty Baby

Posted on Aug 26, 2020 in 60s, Country Rock, Experimental, Prog Rock, Psychedelic, ROCK/POP

The British psychedelic band Mighty Baby grew out of the Action, the North London-based R&B outfit signed to Parlophone by George Martin in 1965. Long considered one of Martin’s best discoveries this side of the Beatles … this new lineup evolved beyond the R&B/soul sound that the original Action had played and into a top-flight experimental group, incorporating the kinds of long jams and folk/blues influences that the West Coast bands were starting to export around the world…

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The Raveonettes

Posted on Aug 22, 2020 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

Combining the noisy swells of the Jesus and Mary Chain with melodic elements of ’50s rock & roll, Danish duo the Raveonettes are a band tied to the past, sonically and visually, but they’re never afraid to give their trademark retro sound a slightly more modern update with new wave synths and hip-hop drum breaks while always staying true to their darkly dangerous vision…

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Public Service Broadcasting

Posted on Aug 18, 2020 in 10s, ALTERNATIVE, Electronic, Indie

Combining music, spoken word, and visuals, London-based trio Public Service Broadcasting play upbeat post-rock which sources the majority of its vocals from public service announcements, documentaries, and other archival material. With a mission to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future,” the group’s music is heavily based on historical themes…

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