French duo Melanie Moran and Julien Camarena released their stunning self-titled debut album in Europe in autumn of 2011, with Lentonia issuing a U.S. release this past April.  UNISON is composed of storming electro-noir soundscapes swirled with a compelling atmosphere of expansive sonic lulls and topped with Melanie’s sweetly beguiling vocals.  … [Read more...]

The Ropes – “Lack of Technology Made Me a Killer”

Sharon Shy and Toppy (AKA The Ropes) have returned with recent EP titled Lack of Technology Made Me a Killer and the lead-off track bears the same attention-grabbing name.  The single follows a path that Sharon Shy and Toppy have previously tread; that of the distanced, moody, but melodic pop voyage towards a land of disenchantment and desire.  … [Read more...]

Interview with UNISON

Salut Mélanie and Julien!  Thanks so much for doing this interview with me during such an exciting time for you.  Your magnificent self-titled debut album came out in your native France, and the rest of Europe, in September 2011 – and it will be released in the U.S. in April on Lentonia Records.  You are originators of a musical style known as … [Read more...]

Q&A with Lux

Hello Leah and David!  How are you both doing?  I found out about you a while back on MySpace and I’ve been sold on your sound ever since.  I love how you blend your catchy melodies with both synth-pop and noise-rock – at the same time!  Your debut album, We Are Not The Same, is set for an early April release and, after listening to it, I found it … [Read more...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 3 Albums of 2011

It’s always tough to narrow down a list of favorites, especially to a Top 3, but I’ve finally prevailed instead of failed.  I’m also looking forward to several 2012 releases including albums by Blood Red Shoes, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Twilight Sad, Little Boots, Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy, Rykarda Parasol, Maribel, Therapy?, Lana Del … [Read more...]

Q&A with The Ropes

Hi Sharon and Toppy! How’re you doing? It’s really sweet to be doing this interview with you both because I love your tunes so much. I dig your melodic songcraft, disenchanted to heartfelt lyrics, Sharon’s breathily cool, deliciously deadpan to softly melancholic vocals, and alluring mix of guitar distortion and percolating electronics. You have … [Read more...]

The Lovely Eggs – “Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It)” video

The Deviled Eggs… Ooh, er, sorry… The Lovely Eggs serves up a delicious demented dish, I mean, video, off the duo’s album Cob Dominos, which is out on U.K. label Cherryade Records as of January.  Holly and David have a crackin’ good time in the video as Holly sings with in-yer-face enthusiasm.  The song and video aren’t exactly subtle, but … [Read more...]

Interview with Bobby D of Low Sea

Hi Bobby D! It’s quite nice to get to chat with you about your recent mini-album The Light, what’s in store for you next, and to also dig a bit into your past and ask about your debut album Las Olas which was released in February 2010. I was really taken by your atmospheric mini-album The Light which envelops the listener with its dark, … [Read more...]

The Weepies @ Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH 11/6/10

Despite a brush with the Billboard Top 200, a spot in an Obama 2008 campaign ad, and notable contributions to shows like Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother, The Weepies have succeeded in maintaining a relatively low profile since their debut album was released seven years ago.  It all began back in 2001 with a fortuitous encounter at Club … [Read more...]

The Lovely Eggs – If You Were Fruit

Lancaster, England-based Holly and David of The Lovely Eggs know how to pack a tin full of sonic sardines, as they do on If You Were Fruit, where they stuff the U.S. release of their debut album with 19 yummy morsels (14 from the studio album, plus 5 lip-smacking cuts off their U.K.-released EPs). The guitar-based indie rockers and ballads are … [Read more...]