• Caribou

    2001, Start Breaking My Heart (Leaf)2005, Up in Flames (Domino) Caribou, formerly Manitoba, ne Dan Snaith, has gone through about as many monikers as he has styles of music. The Canadian-born, London-based producer has hop-scotched through pastoral IDM (or "bucolica") to '70s psych-pop and now, on his third and most mature album, The Milk of Human Kindness, a mix of both, and then some. "Bees" plays like a Sea Change-era Beck meets Chad and Jeremy, while the single, "Yeti," is a zingy chamber-pop-Hari Krishna mash-up.

  • Relationships Between Labels, Radio Under Microscope

    Back in the early '60s, popular radio DJ Alan Freed--the man who coined the term "rock and roll"--pleaded guilty to charges that he took bribes from record companies to play their records. Well, get ready to start hearing about "payola" all over again. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer served Warner Music Group, the world's third largest record company, with a subpoena last week, the third one they've received since the fall. Spitzer is reportedly investigating independent companies who receive money from major labels in exchange for promoting music at radio stations, essentially eliminating direct contact between the labels and radio.

  • Tooling For Jesus

    Joining the legions of pot-addled fans who have seen immaculate visions during Tool light shows over the years, the band's front man, Maynard James Keenan has found God. According to several internet reports, Keenan joins President Bush and Tammy Faye Baker on the born-again bandwagon. In a letter to the Tool fansite, www. toolshed.down.net, Keenan says that "some recent events have led me to the rediscovery of Jesus." Keenan is the second metal man in some two weeks to embrace the man upstairs: former Korn member Brian "Head" Welch left the band so that he could fully devote himself to Christianity.

  • Sublime Tribute Album To Be Released

    Drunken frat boys all over the country are rejoicing with their 40 Oz. to Freedom: a Sublime covers disc is being released this spring. Contributors to the album include No Doubt, Camper Van Beethoven, Los Lobos and Pennywise. Sublime formed in 1988 in Long Beach, California, and catered to the So-Cal surf and skateboard set. The act disbanded back in 1996 upon the untimely death of lead singer Bradley Nowell. The covers album, called Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime will hit stores on June 26th.

  • A Chip Off the Old Itzhak

    When it comes to the rock-star son of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, the apple didn't just fall far from the tree--it sunk into the fertile soil of indie rock, grew roots in electronica, and emerged as the axe-wielding frontman of the electronica-infused rock band Something for Rockets. About sixty blocks south of Carnegie Hall where his dad debuted in 1963, Rami Perlman and his as-yet-unsigned band Something for Rockets recently took the stage at New York City's Mercury Lounge to play for a crowd packed with eager fans. The band, which has been building a steady buzz since its debut single--the piano-driven, synth-filled "Might As Well"--began getting heavy rotation on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1, cut its teeth with a month-long residency at L.A.'s famed indie-friendly venue, Spaceland, in January and embarked on its first U.S.

  • Feist

    Hometown: Calgary, Canada Discography: 2005, Let it Die (Cherrytree/Interscope) (Leslie) Feist's debut album, Let It Die, conjures up a picture of her sinewy body splayed out across a grand piano at a nightclub in Marrakesh. To say Feist's voice is sultry would be an understatement: her alto is packed with layers of sensitivity and sensuality, and each song off of Let It Die shows a slightly different facet of her emotional range. The singer currently lives away from her native Canada; Feist is currently a denizen of Paris, as evinced by Gallic touches on several songs. The album is heavily influenced by music of the '70s, with patches of disco and soul woven throughout. "Mushaboom" has a rhythmic piano that sounds like Melanie's disco-era classic "Rollerskate." "Mushaboom" is the most cheerful song on Let It Die.

  • Roses for Ryan Adams

    Ryan Adams is inundating the indie scene with releases in 2005. Next month, the angsty singer-songwriter is set to release a double album, Cold Roses, with his back-up band the Cardinals. There are also solo releases on the way from Adams this fall. Perhaps with all that music-making, Adam's role as 1/2 of the coolest alterna-couple ever fell by the wayside: he and girlfriend Parker Posey split recently. Cold Roses comes out on May 3rd.

  • Elephants Never Forget

    The musicians who make up the Elephant 6 collective have formed and reformed in several different permutations over the past ten years. With its roots in Athens, Georgia, Elephant 6 artists have included current bands the Apples in Stereo and the Essex Green, and the now-defunct Beulah and Neutral Milk Hotel. While some of the acts have disbanded and rearranged, it looks like the Olivia Tremor Control is reuniting at least for the present. OTC is planning a brief transcontinental jaunt that kicks off in their southern hometown on April 15th. The band's most recent album, Black Foliage: Animation Music, was released in 1999. OTC has no plans to record in the future, but they will reissue some older material on Cloud Recordings later this year.

  • The 22-20s

    Hometown: Linconshire, England Discography: 2003, 05-03 EP (Astralwerks) 2005, 22-20s (Astralwerks) British blokes the 22-20s play classic rock with influences ranging from fellow countrymen the Stones to old-school Mississippi mud-drenched blues. There is an impish quality to much of the 22-20s self-titled full-length debut--recorded with Brendan Lynch of Paul Weller and Primal Scream fame--which most likely comes from the relative youthfulness of the band members. The lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist Martin Trimble is a mere 21 years old, and the band released their first EP on Astralwerks when Trimble was just 18. The spirit of the bluesmen that Trimble and co. channel is most apparent in their lyrics. The band covers well-worn blues territory on "Such a Fool," when Trimble sings about his lost woooo-man.

  • Kaiser Chiefs on a Roll

    It doesn't take E.S.P., or even just good taste in music, to predict that the Kaiser Chiefs would nearly set off a riot at the recent Spin House Live at Spin HQ. The lads from Leeds had the crowd cheering and pogoing along as they played hits like "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" and yes, the chart-busting single off of their full-length debut, Employment, "I Predict a Riot." Ricky Wilson kept things hopping with his coy banter, and, when he ran out of jokes, he passed the mic off to onlookers in the balcony for additional comic relief. Fortunately, the band's performances were far more tasteful than the crowd's stripped-from-the-headlines humor.

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