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Some People Have REAL Problems | Hear Music
Australian vocalist Sia Furler has one of the greatest potty mouths in alt-rock.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  January 28, 2008


Natalie Walker

Urban Angel | Quango
It’s all soothing, but Walker’s never too sweet.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  January 14, 2008


Dan Wilson

Free Life | American/Sony
It’s as if he were trying to impress mom while keeping the kids at bay.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  November 19, 2007


Serj Tankian

Elect the Dead | Warner Bros.
Playing almost all the instruments and freed from the Goliath prog-metal of System of a Down, he gives full release to his inner clown parade.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  October 08, 2007


Swede stuff

Dungen deliver another potent dose of psych-rock
To most rock fans, psychedelic means Jimi Hendrix and Arthur’s Lee’s Love, or Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and Frigid Pink’s “House of the Rising Sun.”
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  June 04, 2007


True believers

The Kooks keep it classic
Luke Pritchard may look a bit like a shaggy dog with his lips curled in a mock Jagger pout. But it’s no pose.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  May 08, 2007


Coheed & Cambria

The Last Supper: Live at the Hammerstein Ballroom | Columbia
Fans of Coheed and Cambria’s fantastical hippie metal are given to proclamations like “They made their own style, no other band has ever been like them” and “Their shows are a life-changing experience.”
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  December 28, 2006


Guitar heroes too

The Slip fall into the rock
“People simply can’t describe our music,” says drummer Andrew Barr of the Boston-based trio the Slip as he looks back over the band’s past decade together. The Slip, "Children of December" (mp3)
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  December 07, 2006


Rising son

Sean Lennon grows into himself
“My whole life is a strict schedule of working on art and music,” Sean Lennon says while signing posters for a fan give-away at the New York offices of Capitol Records.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  November 15, 2006


The Handsome Family

Last Days of Wonder | Carrot Top
Attentive indiephiles and alt-country fans will soon realize that lyrics about tying a captain to a tree and trying hard not to hear his screams could only be the observations of Albuquerque’s husband-and-wife team the Handsome Family.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  July 11, 2006


Cutting Loose

Nelly Furtado gets promiscuous with Timbaland
Her new third album, Loose , celebrates the emancipation of Nelly Furtado.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  June 24, 2006


Hip-pop redux

Hip-hopped-up hits from Deborah Harry to Gwen Stefani
Nelly Furtado’s not the first pop diva to embark on a lucrative hip-hop detour.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  June 20, 2006


Family matters

Teddy Thompson takes after the ’rents
“I wouldn’t really say that my music is introverted and sad,” Teddy Thompson says on the road from a Chicago venue.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  March 28, 2006


Rae of light

England's next big export?
Touted as the second coming of Erykah Badu and Billie Holiday by the London press, Corinne Bailey Rae is a twentysomething singer whose luxurious, lazy phrasing and sweet tone are closer to Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues .
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  March 15, 2006


Force of nature

KT Tunstall takes the world by storm  
Tunstall aspires to be “a tomboy who can sing pretty if she wants to but has a really kick-ass, gnarly band.”
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  March 02, 2006


Steely man

Donald Fagen takes a solo shot
For a rock band who wrote songs about prostitutes, Eastern gurus, pedophilia, heroin, niece lust, Charlie Parker, and a post-apocalyptic world, Steely Dan have always had something akin to the last laugh.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  March 09, 2006



SO STILL | Apace
To the electronica-lite of Zero 7’s 2001 debut, Simple Things , Jamaican-born Mozez brought hot buttered soul and Marvin Gaye assurance, the former church singer wrenching real soul out of a pure digital frieze.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  January 23, 2006

Sergio Mendes - Timeless

Sergio Mendes

TIMELESS | Concord/Picante  
Better known for packaging ’60s samba and bossa nova into stylized, radio-ready novelties for the US market than for breaking any new ground, venerable piano wiz Sergio Mendes enlists the cream of contempo hip-pop/R&B (the Roots, John Legend, Q-Tip, Justin Timberlake) for this comeback album.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  January 23, 2006


Liverpool's latest

The overlooked brilliance of the Coral
Last year, though word barely reached the States, the Liverpool scene came back to life, with the Zutons, the Stands, and the Coral leading the resurgence.
By: KEN MICALLEF  |  January 17, 2006
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