Thomas Dolby may have taken some time off from music, but he's been anything but absent.
Hooks come in all manner of shapes, sizes and sounds. They could be an organ line, a clicking pattern of drum sticks, a thrumming bass line, a single vowel, repeated. The Crookes undestand that, and on "Afterglow" they pull out all the indie-pop stops.
As opening lines go, "He sets a table for two/Playing Bacharach, saying I love you," is about as romantic and deceptive as it gets. "If Only He Were You" by Pony Boy (aka Marchelle Bradanini) fulfills both promises.
This year, Mike Doughty released a crowd-funded album that included re-recordings of old Soul Coughing songs -- mainly the best of "Ruby Vroomm" (1994), "Irresistible Bliss" (1996) and "El Oso" (1998). The record's name ridiculously lists all 13 tracks, but Doughty shortens it to "Circles" or "Circles Super Bon Bon..." for press purposes.
A self-proclaimed "Beatles freak," Rich Reese hosts "Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst," a show rooted in the music of the Beatles and the music they influenced and were influenced by.
As autumn settles itself in comfortably, "Let's Be Still" provides that last bit of summer warmth. Let the Head and the Heart ease the transition.
Hopping club to club mainly throughout Lower Manhattan, N.Y., save for a handful of shows in Brooklyn, is the only way to absorb the CMJ Music Marathon's seemingly endless array of music. And if not taken in stride, one might easily fade before the finish line.