Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from Georgia (via South Carolina) who makes bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard.
BJM has spawned or influenced many of the most interesting new bands of the past decade, from The Warlocks to The Dandy Warhols. They continue making some of the best music to be found, and touring to a growing audience around America and the world.
Palaceer Lazaro, the man at the center of the enigmatic Seattle avant-rap project Shabazz Palaces, is otherwise known as Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, one third of the boho-rap trio Digable Planets and frontman of the alt-hip-hop group Cherrywine.
Lead singer and pianist Adam Weiner leads this four-piece Philadelphia band, which released a well-received debut album, "Get Out the Lotion," in 2010. Their music is at base barroom boogie but folds in the sound of other genres, from Brit pop to Southern R&B.
Dead Cross is a hardcore band -- old-school hardcore: loudhardfast -- consisting of Faith No More singer Mile Patton, ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and two members of Retox, Justin Pearson (bass) and Michael Crain (guitar). They released their self-titled debut album in the summer of 2016.
Equally influenced by '60s soul music and '80s post-punk rock, Afghan Whigs have released several rock albums, the last of which was 1998's '1965.' After breaking up in 2001, The Afghan Whigs' 2012 tour marks 25 years after their first live show in 1987. The group's first new recording released since getting back together is 'See and Don't See,' and their second new recording is a cover of Frank Ocean's 'Lovecrimes.'
Quicksand is a hardcore rock band from New York City which features vocalist/guitarist Walter Schreifels, guitarist Tom Capone, bassist Sergio Vega and drummer Alan Cage. Their debut album, 'Slip,' which was released back in 1993, was recently re-issued in a limited edition 180 Gram vinyl, featuring a gate-fold jacket. They are currently in the midst of their January 2013 headlining tour.
Wire, highly regarded through the decades for its minimalist sound, was among the first bands to emerge from London's nascent punk scene, formed in 1976, and their 1977 debut album, "Pink Flag," and the single "12XU" were influential on ensuing generations of musicians: Ian MacKaye (who recorded a version of "12XU" with Minor Threat), Henry Rollins, The Cure, The Minutemen, Manic Street Preachers, Big Black, The Feelies, Elastica, Guided by Voices, Menswe@r, Franz Ferdinand and others. The group retreated to occasional-collaboration status through the '90s before reconvening on a more permanent basis in 2000. In 2017 they released their 16th album, "Silver/Lead." The current lineup consists of original members Colin Newman (vocals/guitar), Graham Lewis (bass/vocals) and Robert Grey (formerly Robert Gotobed; drums), along with Matthew Simms (guitar).
A Pennsylvania-born, self-taught guitarist who moved to Brooklyn at age 18, Slim's (Sean Scolnick) high spirited music transcends the boundaries of folk as his country-blues sound is tempered with the occasional outburst of punk-rock. Langhorne Slim & The Law is touring to support their newest effort, 'The Way We Move,' which includes some rollicking, rocking and life-affirming tunes.
Formed in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. is an alternative rock band from Amherst, Massachusetts. After a lengthy hiatus during the late ‘90s and early 2000's, the guitarist J Mascis reformed the band in 2005. Their distinct sound is characterized by high gain and extensive use of feedback and distortion. Their newest album is "Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not," released in 2016.
Tash Sultana is a young, dynamic Melbourne artist, creating waves and generating massive street buzz by playing sold out shows all over the world. Tash has made a name for herself busking on the streets of Melbourne and having homemade videos go viral getting millions of views online. Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, the self taught artist quickly developed her own unique style that has people lining up to see her perform live. Her vocal shines with a magical quality, she has a natural gift for melody and her virtuosic guitar playing is from another planet. Tash' s carefully crafted, edgy, multi-instrumental pieces featuring beat boxing, unique guitar work and percussion styled finger tapping, has left sold out audiences in awe. The young, one-woman powerhouse is having a huge year - Tash has already sold out her entire World tour and being added to dozens of high profile festivals including Laneway 2017. Both singles ‘ Jungle' and ' Notion' were quick to receive high rotation on national broadcaster triple j plus garner an impressive response from various online media outlets around the world. With her six-track "Notion EP" due for release Sep 23 via her very own independent label "Lonely Lands Records", the sky is the limit for one of Australia' s hottest young acts.
The Psychedelic Furs, whose name belies their punk-influenced music, were formed in England in 1977 by brothers Richard and Tim Butler, along with saxophone player Duncan Kilburn and guitarist Roger Morris. By the time they released their self-titled debut album in 1980, the group had become a sextet, adding guitarist John Ashton and drummer Vince Ely. That album reached the Top 20 in England. "Talk Talk Talk" of 1981 reached the U.S. Top 100. "Forever Now" (1982) saw the band reduced to a quartet with the departure of Kilburn and Morris. The rest moved to the U.S., turned to producer Todd Rundgren, and scored a U.S. Top 50 hit with "Love My Way." Ely then left, and the remaining trio of the two Butlers and Ashton made "Mirror Moves" (1984), the biggest Psychedelic Furs hit yet. They reunited in 2000.
Canadian indie pop combo Wolf Parade was formed in 2003 in Montreal, where their first show was opening for the Arcade Fire. From there Dan Boeckner, Spencer Krug, Hadji Bakara and Arlen Thompson recorded and self-released a four-song EP, and followed that with a six-song recording in 2004. They eventually gained the attention of Isaac Brock, and the Modest Mouse impresario then brought Wolf Parade to Sub Pop.