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Landlady: Artist You Should Know

Posted June 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,334 views]

Landlady is the latest venture from Adam Schatz, who has been involved in so many musical projects it makes the head spin (member of Man Man, co-producer of Winter Jazzfest, session saxophonist for Vampire Weekend, etc.)
But as Landlady, he and his four Brooklyn bandmates churn out quirky rock tunes that satisfy one of my basic tenants of Great Songs: they rarely end up in …

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RIP: Legendary Jazz Pianist Horace Silver

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 979 views]

Editor’s Note: Rhythm Planet’s Tom Schnabel shares his thoughts on the artist as well.
You look around the music landscape these days and, sad to say, there doesn’t seem to be as many iconic musicians around anymore.
And today we are down one more, as we learned of the passing of a true icon, jazz pianist Horace Silver. 
Basically serving as the definition of the term “hard …

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From Rude Boy to B-Boy to SHIELD agent: Clark Gregg’s Guest DJ Set

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 803 views]
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Described as the glue that holds the increasingly-diverse Marvel cinematic universe (i.e. Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers, Agents of SHIELD) together, Clark Gregg’s role as Agent Phil Coulson has made him a favorite among fan-boys & fan-girls everywhere (including THIS fan-boy!)
But he’s also an actor of distinction and subtlety, having appeared in such films as State and Main, (500) Days of Summer and Much …

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The SF to LA Migration: Some of Our Favorite Bands From the Bay Now Call LA Home

Posted May 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,810 views]
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Los Angeles has always been a destination for music makers, a place where up & coming artists relocate in an effort to make a move towards the Big Time.
Heck, even Motown has been based in LA longer than they were in Detroit!
Surely the numerous record labels headquartered here is a big reason for that, as well as the availability of other local ancillary music …

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SXSW Preview: Sweet Baboo

Posted March 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,122 views]

If you are truly taking SXSW at its best, you should be seeing at least a few bands that you’ve never (or just barely) heard of.
Austin makes this easy, as you can stumble from performance to performance in a matter of a few dozen steps.  So if you find yourself in the vicinity of a guy named Sweet Baboo, do yourself a favor and …

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SXSW Preview: Vertical Scratchers

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 958 views]

Guitarist John Schmersal has lived a few different musical lives over the past twenty years.
As a member of Ohio-based indie rock legends Brainiac during the 90′s, he helped establish a synthpunk sound that would later influence bands like Muse and Nine Inch Nails.
After the tragic death of their vocalist Tim Taylor, Schmersal headed to the East Coast and formed the band Enon, who became …

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SXSW Preview: Ezra Furman

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,047 views]

For some reason I’ve spent the last five years overlooking Ezra Furman.
Don’t really know why – he’s a perfectly solid singer/songwriter, with a number of well-received records both with his band the Harpoons & as a solo artist, on recognized labels such as Minty Fresh, Red Parlor and now Bar None.
Perhaps it is the Midwestern vibe of his brand of rock – slightly loose, …

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KCRW Premiere: Vince Clarke Remixes Polly Scattergood’s “Subsequently Lost”

Posted February 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,621 views]

Sometimes I feel that UK songstress Polly Scattergood gets a raw deal.
She doesn’t get as much press as St. Vincent, she doesn’t have as many Grammy Awards as La Roux, and she hasn’t built up as revered a body of work as Kate Bush – yet!
But to my ears her songs are like a tasteful blend of these artists, and clearly I’m not alone, …

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KCRW Exclusive: One of Massive Attack’s Sonic Gurus Goes Solo with “Sleepwalking”

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 2,720 views]

Producer Neil Davidge is on a hot streak.
One of Massive Attack’s sonic architects since their 1998 breakthrough, “Mezzanine”, he has branched out to work on film and video game soundtracks, including the score to Halo 4, which set the record for the highest-charting video game soundtrack ever.
Now he has made his first solo album: “Slo Light”, due February 25 via The End / 7Hz …

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases of 2014 by Eric J Lawrence

Posted January 16, 2014 by | 4 Comments | 1,867 views]
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Now that the dust has settled from the holidays and we’ve all collectively picked over 2013’s music offerings in search of our Top 10 Favorite Records of the Year, etc., we can all take a big breath and survey the field for our next new favorite records. But the list-making urge is strong, so to help feed the beast one final time, here are …

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