Buy: Lala.com Genre: Folk/Rock Artist: The Guggenheim Grotto Song: Philosophia Album: Waltzing AloneAntony & The Johnsons Antony & The Johnsons is the fragile and powerful force of sound with an avant rock spin. The ensemble is fronted by the ever-original singer/songwriter and pianist Antony Hegarty. Julia Kent (cello/strings), Jeff Langston (bass), Maxim Moston (violin/strings), Rob Moose (guitar/vioin), Parker Kindred (drums/percussion), and composer-arranger/ master of horn Doug Wieselman round out the cast. Credits include the Hal Wilner-directed Leonard Cohen film I'm Your Man and the Charles Atlas-directed Turning. Among their collaborations are Devendra Banhart, Lou Reed, and Rufus Wainwright. Accolades include the Mercury Music Prize for 2005's I Am a Bird Now. With plenty of original works to relish, experience the otherworldly ambience of "One Dove," from 2009's top EU album The Crying Light.
Buy: Lala.com Genre: Avant Rock Artist: Antony & The Johnsons Song: One Dove Album: The Crying LightThe Balfa Brothers Cajun legends The Balfa Brothers--Will, Dewey, and Rodney--were born into a family of nine children in Mamou, Louisiana, raised by hard-working, music-loving sharecropper parents. These Acadians, who became a dance-hall rage in the 1940s, issued a trove of vinyls throughout their lives. Tragically, in 1979, brothers Will and Rodney perished in a car accident, leaving Dewey to carry on the legacy until his death in 1992. Get started with the classic and authentic 1967 title "Valse de Balfa," from The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music 1 & 2.
Buy: Lala.com Genre: Cajun Artist: The Balfa Brothers Song: Valse de Balfa Album: The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music 1 & 2Bailiff Bailiff is the Chicago-based rock trio of Josh Siegel (guitar), Ren Mathew (drums), and Adam Schneider (bass). Founded in the mid-aughts, the band has become a big rave on the Windy City club circuit. Their sound is old-school big rock. Fall in love with "Even I Know the Rain," from their 2008 debut EP Mm Hmm, and play it loud.
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Singer/songwriter and auteur Fredo Viola was born in London late last century. Well traveled and cultured at an early age--by way of Rome, New York, and Los Angeles--Fredo returned to New York as a teen to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, Viola supported his music habit as an animator, earning enough coin to set up a home recording studio. 2004 found his first song placement in Jonathan Demme's Manchurian Candidate, and his recent work can be found in the film The Education of Charlie Banks. Enjoy "K Thru 6," from the 2008 release The Turn, which is currently a contender for France's Prix Constantin Award.
Artist: Fredo Viola
Song: K Thru 6
Album: The Turn
Buy: Lala.com Genre: Punk Artist: Gang of Four Song: Natural's Not in It Album: Entertainment! (Remastered)