POP

Tom Maxwell of Squirrel Nut Zippers Drops New Book, Album

Band Helped Revive Swing Music in '90s

Tom Maxwell is back with a new album and a new a book about life in '90s hit band Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Tom Maxwell is back with a new album and a new a book about life in ’90s hit band Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Tom Maxwell, the voice and songwriter behind ’90s group the “Squirrel Nut Zippers, is back with a new album and a book about how the band revived swing music.

POP

Abby Weitz Powers Up Punk Pop Anthems With Wise Girl (video)

Hits Bowery Electric Later This Month

Abby Weitz is putting her emotions on the line in all her songs for her upcoming EP with Wise Girl.

Abby Weitz is putting her emotions on the line in all her songs for her upcoming EP with Wise Girl.

Abby Weitz, frontwoman and songwriter for Wise Girl delivers the kind of power-pop that made Cheap Trick, The Knack, The Cars and Fountains Of Wayne famous.

JAZZ

Bilal Finally Steps Out of the Wings With New Album 'A Love Surreal'

Genre-Busting Artist Fuses Varied Sounds

Bilal has taken the long road to building his career, but release his fourth studio album last year.

Bilal has taken the long road to building his career, but release his fourth studio album last year.

Bilal’s list of collaborators reads like most people’s playlists: The Roots, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Common, John Legend, J Dilla, and Robert Glasper. But to get to this point in his career, it took a lot of waiting.

POP

Rob Cantor Is Not A Trampoline, Even If His Career Seems Like One

Tally Hall Band Member Releases Solo Debut

After fronting for the band Tally Hall, Rob Cantor is going solo with the debut of his first album this month.

After fronting for the band Tally Hall, Rob Cantor is going solo with the debut of his first album this month.

Rob Cantor first found the national spotlight as a singer-songwriter in the Michigan-rooted quintet Tally Hall. With four lead vocalists (and five songwriters), the band’s unique, genre-bending sound and highly-cerebral music videos helped cultivate a cult following that seemed to put them on a fast-track to success.

DANCE

Koo Koo Kanga Roo's Dance Music Happily Confuses Everybody (video)

The Beastie Boys Meet Sesame Street

Dave and Neil (no last names necessary) are the heart and soul of Koo Koo Kanga Roo, an interactive dance band.

Bryan and Neil (no last names necessary) are the heart and soul of Koo Koo Kanga Roo, an interactive dance band.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo ought to appeal to anyone who wants both escapism and energy in their music. Described as both “the Beastie Boys meets Sesame Street” and an “interactive dance party duo,” Bryan and Neil create musical performance art.

ROCK

Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo! Fun and Chill Like Going to the Beach

Maryland Band to Play in New York in May

Rock band Ballyhoo! Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, Donald Spangler on drums,  Scott Vandrey on keyboards and Nick Lucera on bass.

Rock band Ballyhoo! Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, Donald Spangler on drums, Scott Vandrey on keyboards and Nick Lucera on bass.

Ballyhoo!, the Maryland-based quartet, plays upbeat yet laid-back rock, which ought to appeal to fans of Sublime, Pepper and Jimmy Buffett. Absolutely not the kind of music I tend to gravitate towards.

 

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