With the record industry in flux, 2008 will be full of surprises. Expect new mainstream releases from Coldplay, Madonna and Weezer sometime this year, and indie releases from Toyko Police Club’s, M83, Raveonettes, and Deerhunter's Bradford Cox new band, Atlas Sound. In the first quarter alone, a lot of spectacular releases are expected. And away we go.
Beyond top 40 radio spinning Rihanna every half hour, there is another realm of music waiting to be snatched up. This summer, turn off the radio and plug into a couple of internet music blogs and webzines to unearth gems from these engrossing performers and to conceive an indie soundtrack to the season.
Rocky Votolato shouldn’t be written off when if comes to earnest
folk music, but most of the album is banal with not enough distinction
between the songs. He is a fine songwriter and musician, but his music
doesn’t burst to life like some of his more refined predecessors.
Not evolving into the mediocrity of Counting Crows, The Long Winters fall into the category of indie in the vein of more than one hit wonder bands Harvey Danger and Nada Surf, who are passionate and attentive about personal experiences yet have commercial appeal. Ultimatum becomes a genial sample for a band that isn