• I Need Sleep Digs Fleetwood Mac, Screamin' Jay Hawkins Published 10/20/2009 at 3:22 p.m. 0 comments

    The weirdo pop collective I Need Sleep splits its membership between Chicago and Knoxville, but geography didn’t get in the way of the band’s focus on its recent demo recording, Welcome to Monsters. The large band throws traditional instruments like ...

  • Scott H. Biram's On-the-Road Playlist Published 10/14/2009 at 9:10 a.m. 0 comments

    Singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “Dirty Old One-Man Band” Scott H. Biram typically bangs the hell out of his beat-up Gibson and stomps the floor to keep time; it’s a throwback to the old juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, but Biram’s ...

  • tUnE-YarDs Serve Up an Astounding Racket Published 10/7/2009 at 12:27 p.m. 0 comments

    On her debut CD, BiRd-BrAiNs, Merrill Garbus, the sole member of Oakland’s tUnE-YarDs, has at her disposal a small drum kit, a ukulele, some software, and a digital voice recorder. What she gets out of those items is an astounding ...

  • Damon Krukowski of Damon and Naomi Digs Into His Record Collection Published 9/23/2009 at 12:18 p.m. 0 comments

    Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang were the rhythm section for Galaxie 500 between 1987 and 1991; since then they’ve been on an unpredictable journey, recording orchestrated and subtly psychedelic pop and folk, collaborating with the Japanese band Ghost and guitarist ...

  • Boston Indie Favorites the Beatings and Records They Like Published 8/19/2009 at 4:03 p.m. 0 comments

    Boston indie veterans the Beatings have embraced the old-fashioned DIY ethic for nearly a decade now, releasing two full-length albums and a handful of EPs—as well as a sizable catalog of other bands and side projects—on their own Midriff Records ...

  • Dave Akers of the Super Dave 5 Published 8/12/2009 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments

    Dave Akers played guitar alongside Travis Wyrick in the long-running Knoxville glam-metal band Sage for most of the 1990s. Now he’s fronting the cover band Super Dave 5, who will be replaying hits from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s this ...

  • Russ Torbett and Dave Kennedy of Kelsey’s Woods Share Their Playlists Published 8/5/2009 at 2:08 p.m. 0 comments

    Local country/folk rockers Kelsey’s Woods have more respect for tradition than they do genre boundaries; the quartet mixes up old acoustic music—classic country, folk, and bluegrass, all of it tinged with sorrowful fiddle—into something resembling all of those styles.

  • Down From Up Get Amped by Their Playlists Published 7/29/2009 at 3:57 p.m. 0 comments

    Long-running local alt-rockers Down From Up took a shred-tastic turn with their most recent album, From Ashes to Empire, a collection of arena-ready anthems decorated with flourishes of mind-bending virtuosity, much of it courtesy of lead guitarist Andy Wood

  • Paul Thorn is a Sucker for Good Songwriting Published 7/16/2009 at 11:15 a.m. 0 comments

    Paul Thorn was raised in Tupelo, Miss., and spent a few years as a professional boxer before beginning his career as a folk-country singer/songwriter. His music career’s been simmering for the last decade, but his most recent record, A Long ...

  • On J.C. Haun's Playlist: Songs About Truck Drivers Published 7/1/2009 at 4:42 p.m. 0 comments

    The Dirty Smokers don’t have much patience for either contemporary commercial country or your college-educated Americana. The band plays red-blooded, old-fashioned hardcore country in the spirit of Bakersfield and the 1970s outlaw movement. They’ll be the first band performing at ...

  • Arve Henriksen Like Magic Moments and Storytelling on His Playlist Published 6/17/2009 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments

    Just months after his wife, Anna Maria Friman, performed here with Trio Mediaeval, composer and trumpeter Arve Henriksen will be taking the stage at the Bijou. Henriksen’s latest, Cartography, combines restrained improv with live sampling and spoken word. Satchmo wouldn’t ...

  • D.J. Morrison Keeps Johnny A., Jason Mraz on His Playlist Published 6/10/2009 at 3:40 p.m. 1 comment

    D.J. Morrison showed off his guitar chops on last year’s Beautiful World, a disc that ranges from laid-back jazzy folk to electric blues with a consistent feel-good vibe. Here’s what he’s been listening to lately.

  • Lindsey Stamey of Vertigo is Down with Gogol Bordello Published 6/3/2009 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments

    Morristown modern rock band Vertigo’s profile is quickly rising—their second full-length CD, The Coming and the Going, is coming out in July (with national distribution by Koch and Hot Topic), they just played Sundown in the City with Gavin Rossdale, ...

  • Tracy Jackson says Zeppelin Still Rocks Published 5/21/2009 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments

    Tracy Jackson may be familiar from his day job at the Disc Exchange, but you may also have seen him tooling around the city on his bicycle—he was the founder of the now-defunct Pen15 bike gang and participates in the ...

  • Tony Scalzo of Fastball Puts on Those Bastard Souls Published 5/14/2009 at 9:26 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s been more than a decade since Fastball’s hit single, “The Way,” defined the summer of 1998. The Austin, Texas, trio has remained active all that time, and they’ve just released their fifth album, Little White Lie. Bassist/singer Tony Scalzo ...