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Hot Band: Malachai

"In the fall of 2008, after signing with, making an album for, then getting dropped by Island Records, Malachai found out they were really screwed.
Ellen Carpenter / March 3, 2010

Hot New Trio: Band of Skulls

When British rock trio Band of Skulls learned their song "Friends" would be featured in New Moon, the sequel to Twilight, they were shocked. Not…
Ellen Carpenter / November 25, 2009

“Why I Can’t Listen to Elliott Smith’s Music”

Today marks the sixth anniversary of Elliott Smith's death.
Ellen Carpenter / October 21, 2009

Breaking Out: The Big Pink

Despite releasing their first single, "Too Young to Love," just a year ago, British noise-pop duo the Big Pink already boast a career's worth of…
Ellen Carpenter / October 15, 2009

Breaking Out: Wye Oak

Many bands endure the galling process of getting grades from critics (A for "next Radiohead," D for "next Nickelback, if they practice harder"). Wye Oak…
Ellen Carpenter / August 19, 2009

Phoenix: Rise & Shine

Chefs, vintners, and Impressionists may consider success in France the only kind worth having. Rock bands, not so much. But even as teenagers jamming in…
Ellen Carpenter / August 19, 2009

Regina Spektor’s Joy Ride

"Aaaaaaaaaaaahh! Can we change the channel?" Regina Spektor pleads, shielding her eyes from a fight scene unfolding on the motor-home TV. "This is too scary…
Ellen Carpenter / June 20, 2009

The Tonys’ 6 Great Rock’n’Roll Moments

On the scale of Rockingness, Broadway's Tony Awards generally register somewhere between Golden Girls and Hannah Montana. But at Sunday night's show (which I had…
Ellen Carpenter / June 8, 2009

What Jay Bennett’s Death Made Me Realize About Wilco

A few Sundays ago I hosted a Wilco listening session in my apartment.
Ellen Carpenter / May 29, 2009

Breaking Out: Florence and the Machine

The bathroom isn't usually a place where a girl wants to draw attention to herself. But when Florence Welch found herself sharing sink space at…
Ellen Carpenter / May 22, 2009

Imogen Heap Shares New Tunes in NYC

On Thursday night (April 23), ethereal electro-pop singer Imogen Heap debuted a handful of songs from her upcoming album, Ellipse, at an intimate listening session…
Ellen Carpenter / April 27, 2009

7 Reasons to Love ‘Rock of Ages’

Rock of Ages - the arena-rock jukebox musical that mixes songs by the likes of Bon Jovi, Foreigner, and Journey with a story about "dreaming…
Ellen Carpenter / April 22, 2009

Lip-Synching As If Your Life Depends On It

Of all the taglines coming from current reality TV -- "Make it work," "Pack your knives and go," "Your shot at love is over" --…
Ellen Carpenter / March 21, 2009

Neko Case: Pet Sounds

Neko Case's biggest fans bum-rush her at her front door. "Hi, guys!" she singsongs as four large dogs come clattering over floorboards to fill the…
Ellen Carpenter / February 26, 2009

Mark Hoppus Responds to SPIN Editor’s Blog

On his website, blink-182 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus responded to something I posted in a blog yesterday. I had blithely suggested that his band receive a…
Ellen Carpenter / February 25, 2009

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