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Cotton Mather

Posted on Aug 5, 2020 in 90s, Experimental, Indie, Power pop, ROCK/POP

A brilliant fusion of the Beatles, Squeeze, Guided by Voices, and power pop influences both vintage and contemporary, Cotton Mather are one of those rare power pop groups who transcend their inspirations to create powerful and original music of their own. Formed in Austin, Texas in 1991, the original Cotton Mather (named after the famous Puritan preacher and author) lineup consisted of singer/guitarist Robert Harrison; his main foil, guitarist Whit Williams; bassist Matt Hovis; and drummer Greg Thibeaux, who doubled on guitar…

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Posted on Aug 2, 2020 in 70s, Folk Rock, ROCK/POP

Design was a British six-piece vocal harmony group in the early 1970s and its members were Barry Alexander, Gabrielle Field, Kathy Manuell, Jeff Matthews, John Mulcahy-Morgan and Geoff Ramseyer. Their music has been described as ‘sunshine harmony pop with a light hippy vibe’ and ‘melodic folk-pop with a shimmering, almost psychedelic, West Coast feel’. Design released five albums and thirteen singles in the UK…

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Posted on Jul 30, 2020 in 70s, Folk Rock, Prog Rock, ROCK/POP

At one point in the mid-’70s, Horslips seemed poised to become Ireland’s answer to Steeleye Span. But they also had a shot at being the next Jethro Tull (only a better hard rock outfit), or maybe Genesis, or even Yes in their folkier moments. Those events never quite happened, but Horslips released half-a-dozen superb albums along the way, becoming Ireland’s most acclaimed folk-rock and progressive band…

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The Magnetic Fields

Posted on Jul 26, 2020 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Indie

Built around the nonpareil songwriting of Stephin Merritt, the Magnetic Fields became one of the most important and representative groups of the indie rock genre. Marked by a flare for tender melodies, acerbically witty lyrics, and uncluttered arrangements, the band evolved from the stripped-down synth pop of their early albums into more organic readings of Merritt’s intelligent songcraft…

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Posted on Jul 23, 2020 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

One of the most influential and beloved indie rock bands to emerge in the 1990s, Luna make lyrical, dreamy pop centered on singer/guitarist Dean Wareham. Formed in 1991, Luna came together after the breakup of Wareham’s previous band, the equally influential Galaxie 500. Originally a trio, the band was a kind of alternative pop supergroup that also included former Chills bassist Justin Harwood and ex-Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski…

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Mississippi John Hurt

Posted on Jul 17, 2020 in BLUES, Country Blues, Delta Blues, Pre-War Blues

No blues singer ever presented a more gentle, genial image than Mississippi John Hurt. A guitarist with an extraordinarily lyrical and refined fingerpicking style, he also sang with a warmth unique in the field of blues, and the gospel influence in his music gave it a depth and reflective quality unusual in the field. Coupled with the sheer gratitude and amazement that he felt over having found a mass audience so late in life…

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Lesley Duncan

Posted on Jul 14, 2020 in 70s, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter

One of England’s top session vocalists … Her songs have been covered by Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, and Long John Baldry. Although her debut 1963 single, “I Want a Steady,” credited to Lesley Duncan & the Jokers, was a commercial failure, Duncan found success six years later when Elton John included her tune “Love Song” on his album Tumbleweed Connection…

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The Telescopes

Posted on Jul 11, 2020 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie, Psychedelic

The Telescopes formed in Burton-upon-Trent, England in 1986, starting off as a noise rock band, then becoming shoegazers, then dream poppers, later delving into electronics and exploring the avant-garde over a long, interesting career mostly spent out of the spotlight. Singer/guitarist Stephen Lawrie…

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Seán Ó Riada

Posted on Jul 7, 2020 in COUNTRY/FOLK, Traditional Folk

Seán Ó Riada was the founder of the modern school (which is to say, the authentic ancient style of playing) of Irish folk music and, equally important, a vital nationalistic voice in the orchestral music of Ireland. Best known today as a composer, he was also present at the recording of the first album by the Chieftains, and founded the folk chamber orchestra Ceoltoiri Cualann, Paddy Moloney’s group before forming the Chieftains…

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Posted on Jul 5, 2020 in 90s, Power pop, Psychedelic, ROCK/POP

San Francisco-based power pop outfit Jellyfish only released two full-length albums during their early-’90s heydays, but the group’s immaculately crafted pop/rock songs and unapologetic penchant for all things retro helped throw some much needed light on what was becoming at the time a very crowded pop underground. … crafting occasionally complex, impossibly catchy tunes that cast an alternative pop/rock shadow on the radio hits of the previous three decades…

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