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Counting Crows

New Amsterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall | Geffen  
For hardcore Counting Crows fans, the California roots-pop band’s live shows have often been more revelatory than their albums, affording frontman Adam Duritz the opportunity to stretch his time-tested Van Morrison impression out to inhumane lengths.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 24, 2006


Ane Brun

A Temporary Dive | V2  
The second album by this Norwegian singer-songwriter blands out into coffeeshop background blur a little too often to earn a place next to more dynamic records by fellow folk-pop females like Beth Orton and Feist.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 18, 2006


Deadboy and the Elephantmen

We Are Night Sky | Fat Possum
If a co-ed blues-punk duo make a sound and no one hears it, will they still elicit comparisons with the White Stripes and the Fiery Furnaces? Yes. Deadboy and the Elephantmen, "Stop, I'm Already Dead" (mp3) Deadboy and the Elephantmen, "Evil Friend" (mp3)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 11, 2006


Mystery mix

Embracing the eclecticism of Pink
"I get bored easily," says Pink. "I like being a big mystery bag. It confuses some people, but it works for me.”
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 11, 2006



Two/Three | Ghostly International
Dabrye is one of a handful of aliases used by Michigan-based knob twiddler Tadd Mullinix (a name so cool, you could be think it too must be a nom de guerre ).
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 10, 2006


Richard Swift

The Novelist/Walking Without Effort | Secretly Canadian
This young singer-songwriter is a member of the school of West Coast pop eccentrics who count Tom Waits, Harry Nilsson, and Van Dyke Parks as professors emeritus. Richard Swift, "As I Go"   (mp3)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 27, 2006


Soul brothers

James Hunter and Jamie Lidell
Hunter and Lidell's music shares something deeper than demographics: an abiding interest in the classic Southern R&B of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Both men prove that blue-eyed soul didn’t die with Hall & Oates.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 21, 2006


Juana Molina

Son  | Domino
Molina makes her home at the juicy intersection where acoustic instruments meet computerized texture.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 20, 2006



Decemberunderground | Interscope
AFI's high-gloss, higher-energy  Decemberunderground is like a Rocky Horror Picture Show for screamo kids. AFI's "Kill Caustic"  (Windows Media Player)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 13, 2006


Tilly and the Wall

Bottoms of Barrels | Team Love
The tap dancing conceit makes perfect sense in Tilly’s boisterous, lovedrunk sound, which skirts indie-folk tedium through sheer energy.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 06, 2006


Tapes 'n Tapes

The Loon | Ibid
Like Stephen Malkmus and his merry men, these guys regard noise and distortion and weird song structures as their birthright.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 31, 2006


Sun Kil Moon

Tiny Cities | Caldo Verde
Mark Kozelek is  the rare performer in whose hands material by Kiss and John Denver sounds exactly the same.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 25, 2006


Double dosed

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ two-disc epic  
May has been a big month for mainstream rock, with high-profile releases by Pearl Jam, Tool, and Jack White’s Raconteurs racking up blockbuster sales and claiming pop-cultural real estate reserved more often these days for Kevlar-clad rappers.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 28, 2006



Black Magic Show  | Kemado/Hollywood
These New York dance-rock dudes almost certainly formed a band to seduce babes.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 17, 2006



How We Operate | ATO
“This is what I use to make myself more attractive to girls,” Gomez singer Tom Gray joked from the stage at New York’s Hiro Ballroom a few weeks ago, fingering a plastic melodica.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 08, 2006


The Concretes

In Colour | Astralwerks
The title of the latest release from this Swedish indie-pop outfit suggests that the Concretes have until now stuck to a pared-down black-and-white sound.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 28, 2010


Emo corps?

Taking Back Sunday turn up the volume
The familiar sounds of Nirvana’s Nevermind are wafting out over the PA inside Fuse’s midtown-Manhattan studio, but few of the fresh-faced kids gathered on this April afternoon for a taping of the music-video network’s 7th Avenue Drop seem to recognize the songs.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 05, 2006



This Is Where Our Hearts Collide | FatCat
Amandine are four Swedish guys who used to call themselves Wichita Lineman after the Glen Campbell tune.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 24, 2006


American idols

Mush-rock masters Train and the Goo Goo Dolls
If you caught American Idol a few Tuesdays ago, you’d have seen what historians years from now will refer to as the passing of the mush-rock torch.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 14, 2006


Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice

Gipsy Freedom | 5RC
This sprawling New York–based freak-folk collective, led by James Toth (who’s recorded solo as Wooden Wand, minus the Vanishing Voice), play some of the scene’s loosest, least crossover-concerned music.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 14, 2006
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