British dance-rock trio Fujiya & Miyagi have kept a few show dates in the UK during the month of February, but it looks like the boys are saving most of their energy for March, when they head Stateside for several shows supporting their latest album. Transparent Things drops today and unabashedly claims influence from the Talking Heads, the Happy Mondays, and even Serge Gainsbourg.Read more »
Chicago's Touch and Go Records celebrated its 25th anniversary in September 2006 with a three-day block party featuring 25 (okay, it was technically more than 25) bands. Now, the label is releasing a web-based mini-series that documents the event called the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary Video Diary. New clips from the event will appear on the label's site each week, in a cute mini-format that's easy to watch and saves fans the trouble of having to purchase a bulky DVD.
Welcome to reunion central, otherwise known as Coachella. The Happy Mondays are making an appearance. Rage Against The Machine (no, we don't really care about them) have also joined forces again for a performance. Now we hear that the Jesus and Mary Chain is reuniting to play the three-day festival in Indo, California.Read more »
Mournful acoustic chords, hints of bluegrass, and angelic vocals aren't necessarily what spring to mind when you hear the word "Brooklyn," but that's one of the things that makes David Wingo (a.k.a. Ola Podrida) an appropriate choice for Plug Research's most recent artist signing. The up-and-coming songwriter, whose work includes film scores for George Washington and The Guatemalan Handshake, will release his self-titled debut album in the spring.Read more »
Hans Appelqvist Naima Hapna
Hans Appelqvist's Naima is one of those records that instantly wins over the die-hard fans of all that is obscure. The Swedish composer's comfort with the acoustic guitar and hazy atmospherics is the kind of serious business we can't help but celebrate. David Tibet is hella proud.
Her album is still a week shy of being released, but Lily Allen has plenty to keep her busy these days. The British artist was recently named MTV's "Discover and Download" artist for January, which basically means she gets high-profile placement on all of the network's stations, as well as love via MTV's mobile phone partners and MTV.com.Read more »
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