• 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.

  • Billy Corgan "Embraces" New Album

    Listening to the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream is a bit like waking up on a sunny Saturday and wandering around on Xanax. For fans of Billy Corgan 's dulcet whine, the summer's looking pretty dreamy indeed: Corgan is releasing a new album, called Thefutureembrace on June 21st, as a prelude to a tour of North America. According to the NME, Corgan says the new album will "sum up all my feelings about my life and the world around me in the most beautiful ways I could dream up." He went on to call the new album "a silver lining behind the clouds of modern society." We can all rest easy now that Billy Corgan is going to save the world.

  • Neil Young Recovers from Brain Aneurism

    The reigning critical king of classic rock is in the hospital, recovering from mildly invasive surgery to correct a brain aneurism. After Young, 59, experienced visual disturbances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, an MRI scan was taken. A burst blood vessel was discovered and surgery planned. Young's agent, Bob Merlis, describes the operation as "a complete success with a total recovery [expected]." Merlis added that the "resumption of normal activities by the 59-year-old rock legend is predicted for the near future." Young had to skip a performance at Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, the Juno Awards, over the weekend.

  • The Zincs

    Hometown � Chicago, Illinois Discography 2003 � Moth and Marriage � (Ohio Gold) 2005 � Dimmer � (Thrill Jockey) Chicago winters must be rough. British ex-pat and current Chicago resident Jim Elkington, lead singer and songwriter for the folky chamber-pop-cum-indie-rock band the Zincs, has a deep, weary baritone that makes every track on the Zincs' new release, Dimmer, sound like a rallying cry for the apathetic. One can picture a dour-looking Brit looking out his window at the sleet and concrete, strumming dissonantly on his guitar, and writing lyrics like "Drink in the afternoon / Nothing's going to happen soon." The richness and vibrato of his voice are similar to the timbre of another classic Midwestern depressive: Smog.

  • Punk World Mourns Another and the Fiery Furnaces Ignite for a Cause

    Punk World Mourns Another So-cal drummer Derrick Plourde, a member of several seminal punk and pop punk acts including Lagwagon and the Ataris, passed away on Wednesday. Though the cause of death has not been officially released, the Ataris website says Plourde died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The lead singer of the Ataris, Kris Roe, wrote an alternatively touching and silly eulogy to Plourde. "Make sure that when you see Keith Moon and John Bonham up there," Roe writes, "that you give them plenty of shit and make them laugh like no one else could do." For more info on Derrick Plourde, click here Fiery Furnaces Ignite for a Cause Jumping on the cause-havin'-bandwagon are the Fiery Furnaces: they've taken up the fight against fur (and hurting puppies).

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