Their story begins 10 years ago, when matt brown and anna-lynne williams were teenagers growing up in Southern California, met through mutual friends and began working together to create what would eventually become, with the help of ross simonini and drummer jamie williams, the distinct sound of trespassers william.
trespassers william became a presence in the North American music scene when their second studio album, different stars, was re-released by Nettwerk Music Group worldwide in 2004. Called "Gently mesmerizing...haunting" by NME, different stars hinted at influences of ambient, folk and shoegaze, and established the band as subtle nuanced songwriters.
The Tear Garden is a psychedelic/gothic/electronic band, formed by Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy in 1985 after Key served Ka-Spel on tour in Canada as a sound engineer. The Tear Garden was released that same year, with Dave Ogilvie producing.
The group reconvened in 1987 to release Tired Eyes Slowly Burning with contributions from the other members of Skinny Puppy to a limited degree of success. Members of the Legendary Pink Dots would henceforth contribute to Tear Garden and in 1992 they released the full-length album Last Man to Fly. Another EP, Sheila Liked The Rodeo, much of which was live studio improvisation was accompanied by a video (directed by William Morrison) of the title track in 1993.
First impressions can be deceiving. A quick glance at the title of Vancouver's Rose Chronicles' new disc Happily Ever After might generate images of softness and safety. Add to that equation the sweet soprano created by vocalist Kristy Thirsk, surround her with the lushness of Richard Maranda's ethereal guitar wizardry and the textured allure is obvious. But the true beauty to Happily Ever After exists within the disc's many layers; from the driving rhythms of the opener, "Bruise" to its emotionally-charged closing track "Lovely Psycho", Happily Ever After overflows with trademark Chronicle touches: soaring melodies, lyrical catharsis and epic soundscapes.
The Format was an indie pop band formed by Arizona natives Nate Ruess and Sam Means. The band announced a hiatus on February 4, 2008. Their style can be considered a mixture of indie, alternative, punk and folk music, with elements of 1960s and 1970s pop music. Though Means and Ruess are the foremost members of the band, they have toured and recorded with Mike Schey, Mark Buzard, Don Raymond, and—for the DVD recording and summer 2007 tour—The Honorary Title's current drummer and The Format alumnus Adam Boyd. The Format chose their name to make fun of the music industry's inclination towards a cookie-cutter "format" for a hit.
There’s a double rainbow in the sky over Los Angeles. It’s a good omen. Tim and Neil Finn have flown in from New Zealand to record a new album, Everyone Is Here.
The pair has enjoyed global success alone and together. Between their solo careers, Crowded House, Split Enz, and a stash of classic songs, the Finn brothers have contributed more than their fair share of the tunes we hum in our quieter moments.
There are too many songs to list, but try a handful like this for size; “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” “Weather With You,” Six Months In A Leaky Boat,” “I Got You,” “Persuasion,” “She Will Have Her Way”… the list goes on and on. Still, we’re hungry for more, and ever hopeful of what the next chapter may bring.
The Clumsy Lovers are an eclectic Bluegrass Celtic jam band based in Coquitlam, British Columbia, with more than 2000 live performances in a decade to its credit. The current line-up consists of Jason Homey on banjo and mandolin, Chris Jonat on bass guitar and vocals, Rebecca Smith on Fiddle, Tyler Thompson on drums, and Trevor Rogers on vocals and guitar.
Previous line-ups included Brad Gillard (banjo), Cameron Jonat (drums), Andrea Lewis (fiddle), and Gord Robert (drums).
If The Cardigans’ previous album was majestic and mature, “Super Extra Gravity” is an unruly and spectacular album. Still, there are similarities. The band succeeds in retaining everything that was good about ”Long Gone Before Daylight” while, at the same time, rebelling against it. Continuity and reaction in one.
There’s not much difference between a playground bully, a corporate CEO and the self-absorbed figureheads of many of the world’s current administrations. They’ll all tell you that by surrendering your lunch money or tax dollars, they’re working toward “your best interests.” And we all realize these people are merely imposing a will of their own choosing to enhance their own mythology. Of course, fake benevolence isn’t the sole domain of public figures: Life has taught us the most insidious masters of manipulation come in more covert and intimate forms. Consider your friends, lovers and spouses.