Apr 01, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Had a few key elements of Essra Mohawk's career worked out only a bit differently, her footprint on '70s music might have gone a bit deeper. Her 1969 debut album, Sandy's Album Is Here At Last! (under the name Sandy Hurvitz), was hindered by botched production. Later that year she arrived too late at the heliport to be transported in time for her scheduled performance at the Woodstock festival. More

Apr 01, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Kicking off a career with a sabotaged debut album would most likely be the professional undoing of most artists. Sandy Hurvitz, better known today as Essra Mohawk, obviously subscribed to the "That which does not kill me..." dictum as she began her ill-fated life in music. More

Mar 31, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

I adore the opera. The larger-than-life voices, the pageantry, the over-the-top storylines all-pointing to a singular theme (eat, drink and sing arias...for tomorrow you'll definitely die)it's tough to beat. Which is why listening to the soundtrack version of The Knife's (in association with Planningtorock and Mr. Sims) first opera, Charles Darwin homage Tomorrow, In a Year, is such a frustrating experience. More

Mar 30, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Somewhere deep in the untamed wilds of MySpace, producers Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley discovered Evelyn Evelyn Nevillea pair of conjoined twins sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts, and a single liver. Isolated in a hotel in Walla Walla Washington, the girls developed their obsession with The Andrews Sisters and Joy Divison into a series of lovingly executed ukulele covers. Or so the story goes. More

Mar 29, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Even if The Who are the only non-prog rock band that ever really pulled off what could truly be called concept albums, it's been entertaining over the years hearing musicians hang songs around a theme. Usually. With The Monitor, Titus Andronicus co-opts the Civil War for use as a metaphor in a group of songs about someone who leaves New Jersey for Boston and is unhappy with his decision. More

Mar 26, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

2001. Boy bands continued to reign, and music fans, for the most part, still bought physical CDs at some store called Best Buy (you might have heard of it). So naturally, when Gorillaz's self-titled debut was released that year, there was something incredibly refreshing about it. More

Mar 25, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

As sweet as apple pie and as American as nostalgia for a Norman Rockwell-colored era that never really existed, The Living Sisters' Love to Live is a non-guilty pleasure aimed at an all-ages audience. However, given the charming absurdity of Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), sly subversiveness of Inara George (Bird and the Bee), and no-nonsense style of Eleni Mandell, one can't help but wish for a bit more from these talented women. More

Mar 23, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

In 2007, The Deadly Syndrome came roaring onto the Los Angeles music scene with a sound that featured off-kilter vocals, squeaky synths and songs that played more like epic bipolar journal entries than self-contained three-minute ditties. In short, theirs was the music of youthful exuberance. Sure it didn't always work, but damn was it exciting! With their sophomore outing Nolens Volens, The Deadly Syndrome has taken a clear step towards maturation. More

Zola Jesus

Stridulum EP

Sacred Bones

Mar 23, 2010 Music

A lo-fi goth EP dipped into the synth-coated melodrama of the 1980s, Stridulum reaches for the depth of human emotion, and often gets there. However, while intensely personal and beautifully constructed, it often teeters on the edge of excess, as Zola Jesus (née Nika Roza Danilova) allows her larger-than-life ambitions to translate into a singularly oppressive tone. More