Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Morrissey will be joining Radiohead and The Who to headline at this years V festival. He will headline both the Chelmsford and Stafford sites of the festival in August. Morrissey, who has a new album and a sold out tour on the way, will be playing alongside Keane, Beck and James Blunt ...

The Arctic Monkeys won three gongs at this year's NME Awards including Best British Band. They also won best new band and best track for I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. The Kaiser Chiefs got the award for Best Album, while singer Ricky Wilson received a Best Dressed prize. Franz Ferdinand were named best live band award and Oasis won the best video award for The Importance of Being Idle, which starred actor Rhys Ifans. Ian Brown was honoured with Godlike Genius award presented by footballer Teddy Sheringham after the Stone Roses frontman said he would only accept the award from a member of Manchester United's 1999 treble-winning squad. Pete Doherty was named Sexiest Man by NME readers while Madonna was named Sexiest Woman. Kanye West picked up the award for Best Solo Artist. In contrast to his success at the Brit Awards, James Blunt took home a worst album award for Back to Bedlam reports BBC online ...

Editors have announced their first full-length tour of America, set to kick off next month. After selling out a handful of dates on a brief Stateside jaunt in January, the four-piece will return for almost six weeks of touring, kicking off March 20 in Boston. For the trek, Editors will be sharing the headlining slot with New York outfit Stellastarr*, who recently released their second album 'Harmonies For The Haunted' ...

The new rock outfit of former Libertines co-frontman Carl Barat, Dirty Pretty Things, has launched a sold-out tour of the U.K. While the band is still readying their 2006 debut, tracks such as "Bang Bang, You're Dead" and "Dead Wood" are currently available as downloads online ...

LCD Soundsystem will release Introns, a collection of B-sides, remixes and other rarities, on March 14th, exclusively through digital outlets. Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft releases his third studio effort, Keys to the World, on March 21st. Ashcroft will open for ten dates of Coldplay's spring trek, beginning March 17th in Kanata, Ontario. The Stereophonics release Live From Dakota, a CD of highlights from their recent U.K. tour, on April 18th ...

We Are Scientists - With Love And Squalor
Head Automatica - Decadence
Metric - Live It Out
Metric - Old World Underground, Where Are You Now
Glassjaw - Warship & Tribute
Stone Temple Pilots - Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop
Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock
Fort Minor - The Rising Tied
James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
Kanye West - Late Registration
The Roots - Home Grown! The Beginners Guide ... Vol.2
Styles Of Beyond - 2000 Fold
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
Weezer - Make Believe
Mase - Harlem World
NaS - Illmatic
Puff Daddy & The Family - No Way Out

Monday, February 27, 2006

Track A Tiger

Track A Tiger is a 5-piece indie-pop outfit from Chicago, Illinoise. The main person behind the band is singer & guitarist Jim Vallet who started TaT project two years ago, when he developed the ideas for couple of songs and made preliminary recordings using his acoustic guitar and a laptop. Introducing the rest of the band's memebers, the songs were shaped, the new instruments were added, and everything was ready to be packed into a piece of art that sounds to be a promising debut. The album, "Woke up early the day I died", will be offically released at 28th February (tomorrow) for the Future Appletree Records and can be ordered here.

Track A Tiger - Sound As Ever
Track A Tiger - Glad To Be Scattered
Track A Tiger - Seashaken Heart
Track A Tiger @ MySpace

Anotony & The Johnsons - I Am Bird Now
KT Tunstall - Eye To The Telescope
Jean-Marc Miro - La Voix du Vaurien
Placebo - Meds
The Fall Of Troy - The Fall Of Troy
Freezepop - 3 Albums
The Organ - Grab That Gun
Mirah - Advisory Committee
Missing Score - Space Found!
The Mae Shi - Terrorbird
The Plot To Blow Up The Eifell Tower - Love In The Fascist Brothel
XXX State Of The Union - OST

Friday, February 24, 2006

The Verve Live + Nova Rock Festival + !?

Long acclaimed as among the most innovative and spellbinding bands on the contemporary British pop scene, the Verve finally broke through to a mass international audience in 1997 with the instant classic "Bittersweet Symphony." By no stretch a study in overnight success, the group's rise was instead the culmination of a long, arduous journey that began at the dawn of the decade and went on to encompass a major breakup, multiple lawsuits, and an extensive diet of narcotics. Perfecting an oceanic sound fusing the exploratory vision of '60s-era psychedelia with the shimmering atmospherics of the shoegazer aesthetic, the Verve languished in relative obscurity while waiting for the rest of the music world to play catch-up, creating one of the most complex and rewarding bodies of work in modern rock & roll long before most listeners even learned of their existence -- only to again fall apart at the peak of their success.

The Verve - Live Wigan, UK 5-24-98

Nova Rock Festival: GnR & Alice In Chains

Guns'N'Roses and Alice In Chains are announced as performers on this year's Nova Rock Festival that takes place this summer in Wien, Austria. Among performers are Metallica, Tool, Placebo, Massive Attack, M.I.A., Hard-Fi, Bloodhound Gang and Queens Of The Stone Age. G'n'R are about to release they long awaited album 'Chinese Democracy' that has already leaked on the net. Since Alice In Chains icon, Layne Stayley, passed away, it would be interesting to find out who will sing now - a new singer or band's gitarist Jerry Cantrell who used to do supporting vocals.

This year we expect many new releases as those from Keane, RHCP, Radiohead, The Arcade Fire, Muse, Guns'N'Roses, Placebo, Adam Green, Graham Coxon, The Dresden Dolls, etc. Many of those have already leaked. It seems to me that it becomes the usual praxis of record companies to create a buzz before an album is officially released. And the example is - Arctic Monkeys. Almost all of the songs from their actual album were available as demos long time before the official release appeared, and the result - an enormous sell and imagine this - covered from Sugababes. It seems it works.

Sugababes - I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor (Arctic Monkeys Cover)

Indie Albums: Cinemechanica, Fugazi, A Minor Forest, Engine Down, 31 Knots,
Battles, Bellini, Ahleuchatistas, Tortoise, Q And Not U, Do Make Say Think,
Underoath, Unwound, North Of America, Tristeza, Hieroglyphics, etc.
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I'm That's What I'm Not
Röyksopp - Melody A.M. + The Understanding
Architecture In Helsinki - Fingers Crossed + In Case We Die
Athlete - Vehicles And Animals
The Decemberists - Picaresque
The Music - The Music
Gang Starr - Albums
Albums: A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Dr. Octagon
Broken Social Scene - 4 Albums
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
The Chinese Stars - A Rare Sensation
Moving Units - Dangerous Dreams
Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike
Tegan & Sara - So Jealous
The Gossip - Movement + Standing In The Way Of Control
Sean Hayes - Big Black Hole And The Little Baby Star
The Hives - Your New Favourite Band
Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree
Coldplay - X & Y
Weezer - Green Album + Maladroit
Overseer - Wreckage
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
Beatles - Live At BBC (2CD)
Saves The Day - In Reverie + Stay What You Are
Angela's Ashes - OST, Digimon The Movie - OST
Remixes - Prodigy, Jackson 5
Fiona Apple - Tidal
Hellogoodbye - Hellogoodbye [EP]
Panic! At The Disco - The Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Sugababes - Taller In More Ways

Thursday, February 23, 2006

(The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope

The Washington, D.C., band (The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope was formed by Damien C. Taylor in 1995, but it was only sporadically active in its first few years, with many personnel changes and privately distributed cassettes. Finally, Taylor settled on a rhythm section of brothers Mike Dugan (bass) and John Dugan (drums) for a July 2000 recording session. The session yielded an EP, These Are (The Sounds Of) Kaleidiscope, released by Foxy Boy Records in July 2002. More changes resulted in a new lineup of Taylor (guitar and vocals) and two former members of the Ropers, Douglas Bailey (bass) and Alex Hacker (drums), plus guitarist Edward Donohue and organist Brian Kalkbrenner, who appeared on a second EP, Can and Do What They Will, released in 2004 and then joined on, making the group a quintet. They then went on to record their first full-length CD, From Where You Were to How You Got There, released on Hackshop Records in February 2006. Between the recording sessions and the release date, Donohue left the band and was replaced by Michael Hirst.

(The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope - New Language
(The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope - Oh My Mind

The Decemberists - Picaresqueties [EP]
Hard-Fi - Stars Of CCTV
The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes
Frida - OST
Broken Flowers - OST
Good Bye Lenin! - OST

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Festivals Info

The Magic Numbers have been added to the bill for this year's T In The Park. The festival takes place at Balado, near Kinross July 8-9. The Magic Numbers will play the main stage on July 9 reports NME.com. Other acts already confirmed for T In The Park include The Strokes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, Arctic Monkeys and The Kaiser Chiefs. Tickets for the event sold out completely in under one hour when they went on sale on February 17 ...

Hard-Fi have confirmed they will headline this year's Orange Evolution Festival. The festival takes 18-29 May in Newcastle. Hard-Fi will headline the main Imagination stage on May 29. Other acts will be announced in the next few weeks ...

The Who and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been confirmed as the headline acts for this year's Oxegen festival. They will top the Main Stage billing on Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9, respectively, at Ireland's Punchestown Racecourse. Also set for the first day of the event are The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Ashcroft and Primal Scream. The second day will see performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and Sigur Ros. The Spirit Dance Arena will feature sets from Felix Da Housecat and David Morales. Tickets for Oxegen 2006 will go on sale on March 3 at 8am ...

Nine Inch Nails, Beck, the Flaming Lips, Queens Of The Stone Age, Death Cab For Cutie, the Shins, Ben Harper and Matisyahu lead the bill for the fifth annual Sasquatch! Music Festival, set for Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th to 28th) at the Gorge Amphitheatre just outside Seattle. Others performing at the campout event include the Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Gomez, Him, Iron And Wine, Nada Surf, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, the Tragically Hip, We Are Scientists, Wolfmother and And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. Tickets go on sale March 4th through the House of Blues and Ticketmaster ...

My Morning Jacket and Ben Folds will headline Vanderbilt University's Rites of Spring Music Festival in Nashville, on April 21st and April 22nd. Gov't Mule, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Blue Merle are also confirmed for the on-campus festival. Tickets go on sale March 1st through Ticketmaster ...

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Arctic Monkeys - Love Machine (Girls Aloud Cover)
She Wants Revenge - She Wants Revenge + These Things EP
VA - The Whip
Electro Cured - An Electro Tribute To The Cure
The Features - Exhibit A
My Morning Jacket - Z
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
Against Me! - Searching For A Former Clarity

Friday, February 17, 2006


Grogshow was a two piece band that sadly, no longer exists. The principal songwriter and vocalist, Marc Kisting, died in 1996 of a sudden illness in his Portland apartment. He and drummer, Jason Williams, had gone to Oregon to make a go with their stripped down emotional plea. A sad fact for all of us, that we might have heard even more great things from this duo.

Marc Kisting, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, developed his own guitar style. Part blues, part arpeggiated folk - something like a somber Jimmie Page with the ability to mimic John Paul Jones at the same time. Grogshow would not be Grogshow without the fluidity of the drums, Jason's interplay with the guitars and vocal. Each cymbal and snare hit is perfectly placed, creating an organic 'call and response' between rhythm and melody. It was clear from the music they made together that Marc and Jason were good friends.

There is a CD released with the recordings what Grogshow did in a basement in Iowa before leaving for Oregon. Remixed and remastered in the fall of 2005 by the folks who originally engineered and recorded it, this CD is an introduction by people who cared about Marc and his songs to those unlucky enough to have never met Grogshow in person.

The CD is available at Future Appletree.
All profits from sales will be donated to the Leukemia Research Foundation.

Grogshow - Arena Rok
Grogshow @ MySpace

Mount Eerie - Singers
The Unicorns - The Unicorns EP
Erlend Öye (KoC) - DJ Kicks
Animal Collective - Feels (Bonus Disc) + Ark
Boards Of Canada - The Campfire Headphase + Geogaddi
Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites
The Microphones - Mount Eerie, The Glow Pt.2, It Was Hot...
Unwound - 7 Albums
+ Bonnie Prince Billy, GYBE, B&S, Prefuse 73, etc.
Albums: RATM, Alice In Chains
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Solo - Solopeople

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Apathy is a hip-hop artist, currently a member of the indie hip-hop Babygrande Records collective, home of GZA, Canibus, Bronze Nazareth, Immortal Technique, and more. Apathy is in talks to sign for major label Atlantic Records and the deal is about to be closed. Apathy plans to take hip-hop by storm with two full-length albums: his first is the long-awaited independent LP, Eastern Philosophy, with production duties anchored by Apathy, Demigodz and the likes of J-Zone. Following Eastern Philosophy, The Bearer of Bad News, his major-label debut on Atlantic, promises to usher in a wave of gripping music, fresh talent, and new themes.

Apathy - Bloc Party's "Banquet" remix (feat. Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park & Tak of Styles of Beyond)
Apathy - Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode Remix)
Apathy @ MySpace

Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Spinto Band - Nice And Nicely Done
Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Plajia is a four-piece indie outfit from Montreal, Canada. The music of the band is not easy to describe, it's an experimental rock, filled with various emotions, and obviously influenced by the music of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, etc. 'Plajia' is a name derived from the word “plagiarism” which means: “To put forth as original to oneself the ideas or words of another”. The band has released three EPs ('Fetch', 'Cellular Phone', 'Citis') and the LP named 'Citis', enhanced version of the EP with the same name. The albums can be purchased via Plajia web page.

Plajia - Sleeping
Plajia - The Party
Plajia - Am I Magician?

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Albums: James Blunt, The Rasmus, Juanes, Madonna, Chemical Brothers, etc.
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
The Servant - The Servant
Femi Kuti - Afrika Shrine
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Remixed
Death From Above 1979 - Romance Bloody Romance
The Juan Mclean - Less Than Human
Boards Of Canada - Campfire Headphase

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is the lo-fi solo project of Portland, OR, indie-boy Owen Ashworth. His songwriting is part Bright Eyes sensitive singer/songwriter heartache balladry and Atom & His Package battery-operated antics. His weapons of choice are Casio SK-1 and his hot-rod Casiotones. His lyrics are a coy-edged blend of Stephin Merritt sarcasm and the Mountain Goats earnestness. His first recording, Answering Machine Music: A Brief Album in Twelve Parts, was released in 1999 on his own label Cassingle USA and loosely a concept album of clever musical voice mails. Some of the tracks, including "Theme From David Hanna," were first recorded into his machine. Pocket Symphonies for Lonesome Subway Cars followed in 2001 on Tomlab and included several "real" instruments including cello and drums. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is about to release its most sonically expansive record yet, Etiquette, on the surefire Tomlab Records label.

CFTPA - Young Shields (from Etiquette)
CFTPA - Cold White Christmas (from Etiquette)
CFTPA - Lonesome New Mexican Nights
CFTPA @ MySpace

Mogwai - Mr Beast
The Appleseed Cast - Peregrine
Always The Runner - S/T + An August Golf
The Uncertainities - Keep Your Hunter's Moon Out For Me
The Big Round Band - Summer 2005 Recordings
The String Quartet Tribute To Slayer - The Evil You Dread
The Elms - The Chess Hotel
The Flaming Lips - Hit To Death In The Future Head
The Music Lovers - The Words We Say Before We Sleep
The Fiery Furnaces - The Fiery Furnaces
Belle And Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
VA - Twisp & Catsby
Tindersticks - Tindersticks
M. Ward - Transistor Radio
Tiger Lillies

Thursday, February 09, 2006


British rocker Pete Doherty was given a twelve-month community service order, including another stint in drug rehab, after pleading guilty to several drug possession charges Wednesday. The Babyshambles frontman was refused bail and incarcerated January 27th after pleading guilty for heroin possession for the second time that week. In addition to rehab, Doherty will be required to submit to a monthly drug test. The singer is due back in court for a review on March 8th ...

Emo rockers Hawthorne Heights, in association with Victory Records, launched the MySpace-like Web site Thisiswhoweare.org this week. Beginning February 14th, members of the online community can enter the "Saying Sorry" contest for a chance to win a personal apology from the band during a show on the upcoming Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour (also featuring All-American Rejects and Fall Oot Boy). Free tickets and backstage passes will also go to the winner. The band's sophomore effort, If Only You Were Lonely, is due February 28th ...

Southern California four-piece Hoobastank will release their third studio album, Every Man for Himself, on April 18th. "If I Were You," the first single, is currently available for a listen at the band's Web site, hoobastank.com, and hits radio this week ...

U.K. family act the Magic Numbers return to the U.S. this spring for twelve performances, including a stop at the Coachella Valley Music Festival an April 30th. Joining the indie-pop darlings for most of the club tour, which kicks of March 15th in Fort Worth, Texas, will be the Elected, the side project of Rilo Kiley man Blake Sennet ...

Built To Spill will embark on a thirty-seven-date tour coinciding with the release You in Reverse, their first offering in five years. The spring trek begins April 11th, the date of Reverse's release, in Minneapolis ...

The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
The Magnetic Fields - i
Ratatat - Ratatat
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Reel Big Fish - Albums
Chimera - Delerium
Emilliana Torrini - Love In The Time Of Science
+ NIN, Jamiroquai, Garbage, etc.
Modest Mouse - The Moon And Antarctica
Superbus - Pop'N'Gum
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Calexico - Even My Sure Things Fall Through
Son Volt - Trace
Time In Malta - Construct And Demolish
Old Dead Tree - Perpetual Motion
VA - The Wired CD
Pulp Fiction - OST
2Pac - Greatest Hits + All Eyez On Me

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Ross Golan And Molehead

The music of Ross Golan is a mixture of different genres, from reggae to rock, politically inspired, pointed against 'the machine', criticizing the system and calling for peace and justice. Ross refers to Eminem's role influencing the youth ('Dear Slim'), sings about Martha Stewart ('Martha Stewart') and call the people to stand up against injustice ('Move').

Minimalist rap-rock and political agitation are Ross Golan's modus operandi. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, began playing piano at five years old, and left the Windy City when he was 18 to find more fertile musical territory in Los Angeles. He ended up in East L.A., where he met drummer Bryan Head and bass player Billy Mohler. With a lyrical focus on left-wing politics and music steeped in the Beastie Boys and Sublime, the three recorded their debut album, Reagan Baby, with producer Marvin Etzioni in 2003. The album was released on Insider in 2004.

Ross Golan And Molehead - Reagan Baby (album stream)
Ross Golan And Molehead @ MySpace

Grant Lee Buffalo, Grant Lee Phillips, Kristin Hersh, etc.
Hip Hop Albums: The Game, 2Pac, Turk, etc.
Vitalic - Ok Cowboy
Neil Diamond - 12 Songs

Monday, February 06, 2006

Wes McDonald

A veteran of Athens, GA jangle rock outfit, The Ohms, and assorted solo projects, Wes McDonald has been known to tackle a genre or two in his day. Brendan Benson like alt-rock with the elements of Americana, powerful melodies and excellent vocals are only some of the attributes that can describe McDonald's music. McDonald has three full-length albums behind him and is about to deliver the new one that sounds very promising as you'll be able to check. McDonald’s latest offering, called '1:50 in the Furnace', is somewhat less frantic in terms of taking on all genres. The clarity and vision of his first three releases remain solid as ever, and though he doesn't mine the country folk territory of his rootsy Cuttin’ Up Rocks, McDonald secures his place solidly in melodic Americana.

Former Athenian (GA) and current Birmingham (AL) resident Wes McDonald is set to release his fourth LP, 1:50 In The Furnace, on Skybucket Records on April 4, 2006. The album, produced in part by Ken Coomer, formerly of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, is a sterling collection of old-fashioned power pop and country-rock, the kind of gimmick-free rock-solid songwriting that doesn’t come around too often. You can preview some of the new tracks that are presented here. To hear more from Wes McDonald visit McDonald's official page.

Wes McDonald - Chinese Rug
Wes McDonald - Brethern
Wes McDonald - Day One
Wes McDonald @ MySpace

Azure Ray - Hold On Love
Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree
Tony Yayo - Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon

Friday, February 03, 2006

The Raconteurs

The long awaited collaboration between Jack White and Brendan Benson has finally got it's result - The Raconteurs. The band is made up of old friends, consisting of Jack Lawrence (bass), Patrick Keeler (drums), Brendan Benson (guitars, vocals, keys) and Jack White (guitars, vocals, keys). To quote Jack, "It's a whole new band - a dual attack with dual guitars, dual vocals, and dual songwriting". The seed was sewn in an attic in the middle of a hot summer when friends Jack White and Brendan Benson got together and wrote a song that truly inspired them. This song was "Steady, As She Goes" and the inspiration led to the creation of a full band with the addition of Lawrence and Keeler. While each of these four individuals have had successful careers with their own bands, the culmination of all of their talents is what truly makes The Raconteurs a force to be reckoned with. Look out for a very limited, double A side 7", 'Steady, As She Goes'/'Store Bought Bones' available in the shops now! The songs can be previewed at the band's very cool 'AppleII/Atari style' based page.

The quartet convened at Benson's East Grand Studio to lay down the basic tracks for Broken Boy Soldiers. Work would continue whenever the boys could get together over the next year. Finally, the album has found a window for its release in May of 2006. The band is now, for its members, all consuming and they now present themselves to be....consumed, or at best simply heard.

The Raconteurs @ MySpace

God Speed You Black Emperor - Slow Riot
Sigur Ros - Takk
The Barmitzvah Brothers - The Century Of Invention
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Doves - The Last Broadcast + Lost Souls
Danger Mouse - Grey Album
VA - Run The Road

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Foo Fighters - Live Rock En Seine 2005

While he was drumming with Nirvana, Dave Grohl was recording original songs at home that never received public release. Those tapes would become the foundation of Foo Fighters, the band he formed in 1995, after the death of Kurt Cobain. Like Nirvana, Foo Fighters melded loud, heavy guitars with pretty melodies and mixed punk sensibilities with a sharp sense of pop songwriting.

Foo Fighters - Live Rock En Seine 2005

Dashboard Confessional - 4 Albums
Foo Fighters - 6 Albums
Linkin Park - 3 Albums
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Lostprophets - Start Something
London After Midnight - Selected Scenes From The End Of The World
Hedwig And The Angry Inch - OST
James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
Miss Kitten, Panjabi MC

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Dresden Dolls - Live In Lion

Combine the smoky cellars of a Weimar-era cabaret with the rock n' roll fury of Joan Jett, PJ Harvey and The Violent Femmes and you have a remote idea of what to expect when experiencing The Dresden Dolls. Ever since taking up arms in mid-2000, the über-dynamic duo of Amanda Palmer (Piano/Vox) and Brian Viglione (Drums) has been selling out clubs in Boston, New York and beyond. Palmer accompanies her confessional story-songs with a thunderous and shimmering piano style that rests on the shoulders of Jerry Lee Lewis and Nina Simone. Viglione's jazz and hardcore-influenced drumming and creative percussion are the perfect foil, providing in turns a delicate cradle of rhythm and a piercing bed of nails onto which Palmer lays her raw, tragicomic lyrics.

The release of their debut album, produced by Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth), has won the band accolades from both mainstream and underground media, and it appears that the Dolls are poised to transcend cult status and smash all commonly held ideas about what a rock band is supposed to be. Their awe-striking live energy and singular look has earned them opening slots for Beck, the B-52s and Jane's Addiction, a tour with the Legendary Pink Dots, a victory in the 2003 WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble and a quickly growing army of devoted fans from ages 5 to 85. Ever looking forward, The Dresden Dolls are preparing to record new material with acclaimed local producers Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Courtney Love).

The Dresden Dolls - Live In Lion @ Le Transbordeur 10-03-05

Jacks Mannequin - Everything In Transit
Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
Sugarcult - Palm Trees And Power Lines
The All-American Rejects - Move Along
Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
+ Garden State OST, Walk The Line OST, The OC Mix's
Old 97s - Drag It Up
Surprise Your Pig - Tribute To REM
Ra - Duality
Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists
Sevendust - Next
Sevendust, Coheed & Cambria
The Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls
Spymob - Sitting Around Keeping Score
Chroming Rose - Louis XIV