The '80s are back with a funky vengeance, and Minus the Bear seems synth-bent on leading the charge with this year's OMNI.
Developing a reputation for collecting and performing with unconventional instruments (see glockenspiel), Freelance Whales spins variety into texture, and irregularity into eclecticism -- not an easy feat. The five-member band from Queens, N.Y. met rolled into KDHX for a live session.
With a rock anthem-style that is both catchy and head-bang worthy, the Whigs have rocketed from college band-next door to overnight stardom.
When a band gets acronymized, you know they've made some kind of mark. B.R.M.C., Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, have left a scar-deep imprint on rock music by combining Brit boldness with back-to-basics roots: primal blues, hard guitars, old leather and a ferocious performance style. Even stripped down and acoustic, the band can tear your head off.
Steady your finger over the volume button. Retribution Gospel Choir is back and fully amped with the release of their second full-length, super-charged album. The band showcased their love of everything riff and raucous on International Pop Overthrow.
With a name that suggests B-movie horror films and a sound that combines shoe gaze and psychedelic rock, A Place to Bury Strangers comes blazing out of the fertile Brooklyn, New York scene.
Brookville is the brainchild of singer, songwriter and producer Andy Chase, known for his pensive moodscapes and languorous, romantically bereft compositions.
Monahans summon the sounds of the not so distant past: R.E.M., the Police and U2, but they set their influences in a solitary landscape evocative of the west Texas sand hills of their name.
What's in a name? For American indie-pop band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, not much. Get past the moniker, though, and find a band that delivers fun, fresh music that's full of harmony.