Doug Wallen

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  • 5 years ago

    Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze of The Big Pink are huge soul fans, citing Otis Redding and various Stax Records alumni as regular sources of inspiration. Not that you'd know it from listening to A Brief History of Love, the London duo's highly tout...

  • 5 years ago

    Is it premature to call Miike Snow's "Animal" a ready-made hit? Breathy and quivering, the song's pop fluency and offhand reggae vibe have already inspired four remixes. (Snag them for free with the original at RCRDLBL.com.) More telling, though, ...

  • 6 years ago

    Deluged as we are with music these days, it's easy to forget how much guts it takes to get onstage with just a guitar and sing your heart out for a room full of strangers. Especially when it's just you up there, with no band to hide behind. That f...

  • 6 years ago

    Like AFI and a handful of other acts, Brand New plied hardcore roots and mainstream ambition for a strain of dark, chart-conquering rock that was at the right place at exactly the right time. Blending throttling screams and tight mechanics in an i...

  • 6 years ago

    Whereas 2007's Strange House found the Horrors meeting the Cramps and the Ramones halfway while singing about Jack the Ripper, follow-up Primary Colours finds the English youngsters trading in their scrappy verve for atmospheri...

  • 6 years ago

    Precious and precocious in equal measures, Chicago five-piece Yourself and The Air has benefited from a groundswell of hometown support that is just starting to translate into national exposure. Newly equipped with a prominent booking agent and to...