Why they matter: It's impossible to take your eyes off singer Liela Moss. She belts out Grace Slick-style come-ons while alternating between dancer poses and hair-tossing stage romps. And she's ably backed by her band's sultry, aggressive blues rock.
You should know: Moss recently added "fashion muse" to her resume. Designer Alexander McQueen crafted a limited edition clothing line-- inspired by Moss -- for Target stores. -- Peter Gaston
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Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »