Sondre Lerche claims his latest album, Phantom Punch, is "an Orange Juice meets Fleetwood Mac & My Bloody Valentine meets Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes meets early Elvis Costello & Prefab Sprout & XTC meets Thomas Dolby meets Steely Dan circa Katy Lied, kind of thing."
Brother Ali's second full album The Undisputed Truth will be released in April, 2007. The Minneapolis rapper has been through some hard times in the past few years. He and his wife split. They fought over their son. Ali was homeless for a spell.
Mark Ramos-Nishita performs under the moniker Money Mark. He has a career that any musician would envy. He tours with the Beastie Boys as a keyboardist, writes music for films, collaborates with the likes of Yoko One and Beck, and fronts his own projects.
Eddie Baranek and organist-bassist Bobby Emmett come from Detroit and play swaggering garage rock. They've been touring with their self-titled album that includes the single "Just Got Robbed," which sounds like a staple of classic rock stations even though it was written in 2005.
Since forming in 2003, Gallic rockers Prototypes have already landed a top-ten single in France and enlivened both underground clubs and contemporary European art scenes with their punchy electronic rock.
The sentence that follows is grammatically correct, it's just that the Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John don't like commas. The group formed in Stockholm in 1999, but only really broke out with their third album and the single "Young Folks" which has been a hit in Australia, the UK, their home country and, of course, on YouTube.
Chuck Klosterman and Tapes n' Tapes were Mary Lucia's guest for The Current Fakebook. Klosterman is a writer and cultural critic. Tapes n' Tapes are the Minneapolis music scene darlings who exploded nationally and internationally in 2006.