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The Sounds

DYING TO SAY THIS TO YOU | Scratchie/New Line
The lanky fashion plates in this likable Swedish combo like to play up their punk pedigree in publicity photos.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 10, 2006


Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Show Your Bones | Interscope
The dark, sprawling Bones reveals that they have bigger plans for their music than volume and speed.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 05, 2006


Drum talk

Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and Loose Fur
Glenn Kotche is not under the illusion that solo percussion albums have a built-in audience. So who might buy his new Mobile (Nonesuch)?
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 28, 2006


Jamie Cullum

CATCHING TALES | Verve Forecast
A young English jazz-pop crooner who’s intent on proving how much hipper he is than Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum updates his crisp throwback sound on the follow-up to his more conservative American debut, 2004’s Twentysomething.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 27, 2006


Mates of State

Bring It Back | Barsuk
In 2001, the two members of this popular Connecticut combo got married (and last year they had a daughter), forming a family that their music suggests will endure.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 23, 2006



This New York foursome play darkly dreamy rock that strives to speak for its generation the same way Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” reflected the hopes and the heartache of the Breakfast Club crowd.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 15, 2006


Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

There’s always been a threat of Hello Kitty overkill in music by former Belle and Sebastian chanteuse Isobel Campbell — that’s the price of a voice as light and wispy as Campbell’s, and of material so consciously designed to evoke the lost innocence of childhood.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 06, 2006


The M's

FUTURE WOMEN | Polyvinyl
Like their current tour mates Of Montreal, this Chicago quartet know how to keep ’60s-inspired guitar pop interesting: you throw in as many different sonic signifiers as you can.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 02, 2006


Solo shots

Sia, Mozez, and Tina Dico minus Zero 7
Since neither Henry Binns nor Sam Hardaker is a singer anyone cares much to hear, the duo’s ascent has also produced a small fleet of Zero 7–branded vocalists.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 02, 2006


Sarah Harmer

I'M A MOUNTAIN | Cold Snap/Zoë
A fetching Canadian songstress who'll appeal to No Depression readers and NPR listeners but doesn’t make a lasting impression beyond the confines of a suddenly crowded niche.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 22, 2006


Hitsville UK?

Art Brut, the Cribs, and Brakes spearhead Britain’s new underground
Of the many, many excellent jokes singer Eddie Argos makes on the crackerjack debut by his London-based band Art Brut, the best might be the band’s name itself.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 22, 2006


The Morning After Girls

PRELUDE: EP’S 1 & 2 | Rainbow Quartz  
Have the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre been neglecting their fans Down Under?
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 14, 2006


She Wants Revenge

After enduring nonstop comparisons with Joy Division over the past four years, the guys in Interpol must be relishing the reception this Los Angeles duo are receiving.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 07, 2006


The emo corps

Panic! At the Disco and The Academy Is . . . make a major indie bang
Some young bands dream of the day they’ll write that one beautiful, searing bundle of truth that persuades parents to have kids, inspires armies to stop fighting, and conjures puppies and kittens from thin air.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 04, 2006


His Name Is Alive

DETROLA | Silver Mountain
About the only thing Michigan-based musician Warren Defever has kept constant in the decade and a half he’s been recording under the His Name Is Alive banner has been the name.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 02, 2006


Audio Bullys

GENERATION | Astralwerks
Following in the wake of the Streets’ Original Pirate Material , this amiable West London duo emerged in 2003, riding the wave of interest in English pop that purported to describe the daily life of twentysomething British slackers.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 23, 2006

Say Anything Is a Real Boy

Say Anything

. . .  IS A REAL BOY | Doghouse
This LA-based emo-rock outfit are the brainchild of young Max Bemis, an overachieving singer-songwriter who’s as unnerved by scene politics as he is by romantic tribulations.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 23, 2006


Pole positions

Deerhoof redefine normal with The Runners Four
“Some things seem really weird to me that seem really normal to other people,” says Deerhoof bassist Chris Cohen.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 23, 2006


Tween and clean

Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Foxx find their grooves
Followers of the increasingly crowded tween-rock scene had much to look forward to when Lindsay Lohan issued Speak (Casablanca), her debut album, 13 months ago.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 13, 2006


Curt Kirkwood

SNOW | Little Dog
As frontman of the Meat Puppets back in the mid 1980s, Curt Kirkwood blew minds marrying hardcore punk rock to sunbaked country music.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 14, 2006
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