- US: Wound Up by Office
Chicago’s Office (no “the”) take guitar pop back to the board room. With their black tie/white shirt aesthetic and linear power pop, the group make references to the day-to-day doldrums of cube life in appearance and presentation, but music-wise, they turn into weekend warriors. “Wound Up” is our free Single of the Week.
- US: It's Your Wedding Day by Stephen Lynch
The Wedding Singer is most certainly the first Broadway show to ever be based around an Adam Sandler film (although it’s tempting to think of what Andrew Lloyd Weber could do for Billy Madison). The show’s major emotional turning point, the ’80s power-rock show-stopper “It’s Your Wedding Day” is our free Discovery Download.
- Australia: Captured (Live Version) by Bic Runga
Bic Runga is the most successful artist in New Zealand history with over half a million albums sold worldwide. This version of “Captured”, taken from her latest album Birds was recorded at the Civic Theatre, Auckland in November 2005 and is a perfect example of her singing prowess. It’s free here on iTunes as our featured Single of the Week.
- Canada: Love Train by Wolfmother
Is there more to Wolfmother outside of the lead singer’s fabulous Afro and his rare ability to wear a very small vest and actually look cool? Normally, this would be enough, but in the case of this Australian power trio, it’s just the beginning of their effortless chic. “Love Train” is a ritualistic heavy metal dance party - without any of that irritating devil worship.
- UK: Gravity In Crisis by The Longcut
Early on in their career, Manchester’s Longcut set out to be an all-instrumental group; with their inspiration coming from acts like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Fugazi, that ambition wasn’t too far off from reality. But then they opted to utilize drummer Stuart Ogilvie. Alternating between bringing up the taut rhythm section and leading with his sing/shout vocals, Ogilvie helped bring a new urgency to the band’s sound. The fluid “Gravity in Crisis” is our free Single of the Week.
- France: La petite Léonine by K
Au pied de sa lettre, l’auteur-compositeur-interprète K — Nicolas Michel pour l’état-civil suisse — donne libre cours à son irrévérencieuse et débordante énergie. Ses chansons à texte, tour à tour secouées de tempos rockeurs, bercées d’airs de reggae, d’un brin de salsa, d’une pointe de country moqueuse ou d’ambiance franchement musette, révèlent les mille et une facettes d’un chanteur prometteur qui ne se débine pas lorsqu’il s’agit de s’ouvrir, de s’offrir.