Entertainment Weekly gave this Def Jux release an A- and those who snagged the record from Amazon also purchased: Sage Francis' Human the Death Dance, Monster Maker by C Rayz Wallz & Sharkey, Atmosphere's Sad Clown Bad Summer Number 9 and Brother Ali's The Undisputed Truth.
Catch him next: Down in PDX on September 6th for Musicfest NW, or if you don't want to make the trek, at the Showbox on October 28th with Black Moth Super Rainbow and Blockhead.
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Lifeline
This release is number eight from Mr. Laura Dern. Categorized on Myspace as folk/rock/reggae, studies of this artist's work have shown that a copy of 1995's Fight for Your Mind can be found in 8 out of ten dorm rooms and that when it's in a player, the majority of girls tend to skip ahead directly to "Burn One Down." And subsequently put it on repeat.
Catch them next: November 14th and 15th at the Paramount Theatre.
VHS or Beta, Bring on the Comets
These Astralwerks-signed indie rockers hail from Louisville, Kentucky (as does Band of Horses bassist, Rob Hampton). Watch the "making of" the record on Youtube, here! Includes highlights like full band breakfasts and exciting details like snare drum placement.
Catch them next: September 10th at Chop Suey with Walter Meego and The King's English.
New Buffalo, Somewhere, Anywhere
Somewhere anywhere is New Buffalo's-aka Sally Seltmann- sophomore release and according to her label, she's a "soft-spoken songstress" from Melbourne, AU. She'll also likely be rolling in some green soon: In addition to her own work, she wrote Feist's slam dunk hit "1234." She's saved some gems for her own record as well, which she wrote in large part on a piano that's been in her family for over a century.
Catch her next: Sadly, no stateside tours have been announced as of yet.