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Mishna Wolff explores her sometimes complicated, sometimes kooky childhood in the humorous and heartfelt I'm Down: A Memoir.
Sassy dance queen Little Boots mixes powerhouse musicality with polished production her snappy new EP, Illuminations.
The newly unpunctuated YACHT is just that--totally unpunctuated and breakin' all the rules in the electro-fied, stylistic hodgepodge of See Mystery Lights.
Bittersweet, expressive folk-rock plucks heartstrings on Baltimore duo Wye Oak's album The Knot.
Patrick Wolf explodes with all kinds of supersonic crazy in his edgy, punk-rock adventure The Bachelor.
Harken back to the good ol' days of country music with the playful, precocious lyrics and sounds of Those Darlins.
Last week I had the good luck to get a free pass to Oya, an annual outdoor indie music fest in Oslo, Norway. The five-day, five-stage extravaganza is a showcase for Norwegian acts, but makes good use of other groups (e.g., Band of Horses, The Very Best, Jay Reatard, Monotonix) caught in the summer festival maelstrom. Oya enlisted 200 bands, ranging from the lightest indie-pop to the blackest metal (this is Norway, after all). A little over half the bands were local and most Norwegian bands I saw were either female-led or had a strong lady presence.
Hit the dance floor with Swedish pop sensation, Sally Shapiro, and her aptly-titled disco-pop album My Guilty Pleasure.
Snappy punk-inspired Jay Reatard pumps you up with the bopping, cohesive energy of Watch Me Fall.
Sassy rocker femmes The Plasticines speak their minds with their insanely catchy, charmingly bitchy debut About Love.
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