• Crash Kelly

    Crash Kelly admits to being influenced by M�tley Cr�e and Hanoi Rocks. They are not embarrassed by this fact. Their debut, Penny Pills, was released on January 25th.

  • Six Organs of Admittance

    Ben Chasny is all over the Bay Area music scene. In addition to his work with Six Organs, he is also a full-time member of the noise-rock band Comets on Fire. School of the Flower was released on January 25th, and includes free-jazz guru Chris Corsano on drums and organ.

  • The Kaiser Chiefs Go Bang!

    After Monday night's volatile, exciting show at the Mercury Lounge, I've decided that I want the Kaiser Chiefs to be my generation's mouthpiece. I have heard Conor Oberst, with his nasal whine and knowing, capitalist-bashing lyrics, referred to as the voice of my generation on several occasions. I resent the implication that we are a bunch of self-involved waifish snarkers who spend their days thinking up new ways to make fun of Wal-Mart.

  • Magnolia Electric Co.

    Molina was deeply inspired by meeting Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson at Austin's annual South by Southwest music festival. What Comes After the Blues was produced by Steve Albini, and will be released this spring.

  • Andrew Bird

    Bird was an ancillary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers in the late '90s. His first band, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, recorded three albums for Rykodisc from 1997 to 2001. In his spare time, Bird teaches music at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

  • Jennifer Gentle

    Gentle was actually formed by two dudes-singer/guitarist Marco Fasolo, 23, and drummer Alessio Gastaldello, 30. The name "Jennifer Gentle" comes from Pink Floyd's song "Lucifer Sam": "That cat's something I can't explain / Ginger, ginger, Jennifer Gentle you're a witch.

  • You're Pretty Good Lookin' For a Band

    By: Jessica Grose Rock documentarian Dick Carruthers captures a live performance from the enigmatic Jack White and his "sister" Meg for a new DVD called Under Blackpool Lights. Carruthers has chronicled such mythic rock acts as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones in the past. The Stripes DVD will be released on December 9th, and, starting on December 11th, there will be a 13-city screening of the film. Tickets will be available the week of the 9th and Urban Outfitters will be running ticket giveaways for those lucky fans in selected locations. There will also be a limited edition vinyl available at the screenings. The Stripes' cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," is featured here in an exclusive clip from Under Blackpool Lights. Listen to Jack's wrenching rendition of this country classic here.

  • Travels of the Husky Gentleman: NME Awards Week, London

    Tonight, London is rock and roll's beating heart, the Underground its circulatory system, pumping hordes of devotees out on the streets and into the clubs. And it's not just because the high-profile music mag NME is holding its annual awards show this Thursday, along with a week-long slate of affiliated gigs about town: Unusually vigorous levels of rock appreciation seem the norm here. In the lovely flat I've rented for the week--otherwise occupied by a young family of three--a photo of Iggy Pop hangs in the kitchen, ticket stubs taped to a cupboard boast recent concerts by Yo La Tengo, David Bowie, and the Flaming Lips, and the first magazine in the bathroom rack is a November 1981 issue of The Face with Julian Cope on the cover, and featuring reviews of Joy Division, Human League, and OMD.

  • Dog Fashion Disco

    Dog Fashion Disco-comprised of frontman Todd D. Smith, guitarist Greg Combs, keyboardist Jeff Seigel, bassist Steve Mears, and drummer John Ensminger--has toured with the likes of Methods of Mayhem, POD, and Stone Temple Pilots. Metal Hammer magazine recently called DFD "a most welcome antidote to the corporate rock wank and candy-floss pop vomit of late." Their first live album, City Is Alive Tonight, dropped in late January.

  • The Peels

    Miller and guitarist Lane Rider originally met on a blind date.The relationship didn't work out romantically, but they did end up making beautiful music together.

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