Category Archives: Band Spotlight

Band Spotlight: The Beets

No no not those Beets!

Artist: The Beets
Label: Captured Tracks, Mountain of Slime
Years Active: 2007-Present
Where Does This Shit Originate?: Jackson Heights, New York
Members June- Vocals/Guitar and Josie-Vocals/Bass
Main Influences: According to their MySpace, “Chicos Electricos, The Beach Boys, Eduardo Mateo, Spit and Puke, Ramones, Tom & Jerry, Jackson Heights, Emi Delico, The International Adult Conspiracy, and Chicos Electricos.”
Sounds Like: Also according to their MySpace, “a trio of drunk, possibly retarded twelve year olds. Seriously, my left tit probably outweighed the whole fucking band.” – Tuddd’s Muddd, (” I myself and Glen hear a lot of Beat Happening in their soud, attitude and overall aesthetic. Also, a little bit of wildmen, garage drenched drunkeness a la Black Lips.
Top Songs: “Broken English,” “Flower Girl,” “Happy, But On My Way,” “I’m So Bored,” and others
Top Album: Spit In the Face of People Who Don’t Want to Be Cool
If You Like…: If you like the Black Lips, Maine Coons, Beat Happening, Shaggs, Ramones, Tim and Eric (haha), then the Beets may just tickle your fancy like they have tickled mine.

Check Them Out! and

Band Spotlight: Silhouette Rising

Artist: Silhouette Rising
Label: Self-Released
Year Formed: 2005
James DiNano- Drums/Lyrics
Cory Jackson- Vocals/Guitar/Lyrics
Dan Ward- Bass
Joel Ward- Lead Guitar
Rob DiNano- Piano/Vocals

Sounds Like: I can’t point to any particular artist that they sound like, which is a great and truly rare quality. If you have an open mind when it comes to music, then you can easily find something in their work that satisfies your ears. With that being said, on their Facebook page, they cite artists as diverse as Thrice, Bon Iver, Gonzales, and Pink Floyd as influences. So, if you are a fan of the above, then I’m positive you will dig SR.

Top Songs (In My Opinion!): Behind Closed Doors, Riverside, Perseverance, A Failed Attempt, Conversations

Top Album
: Promises (2010)

Final Note: SR is playing a show in Salem on July 23rd, for more details, check out their Facebook page.


: “Space explorations, bubble baths, So You Think You Can Dance competitions, and reenactments of “Lord Of The Flies”- “Band Interests,” from their Facebook Page.

Band Rec: The Maine Coons

The Nobunny concert review will be coming real real soon, but in the mean time I want to direct your attention to one of the opening bands that stuck out: The Maine Coons. The duo rocked in the spirit of the late King Khan & BBQ Show. There was the Sultan-esque drummer/guitarist/vocalist, but no Khan figure. Instead, there was a sitting keyboard player. A song that really stuck out to me was “H.L.I.I.G.T.F.Y.T.F.G” which stands for:

How long is it gonna take for you to find God!?

It’s a surf-doo-wop-(gospel?)oldie sounding number that you must check out right now:

A Wicked Summer Jam

I first heard about this band and song and music video from the Pop Jew. The Pop Jew has solid taste in music and recognized me on her blog for my cunning computer room performance of “I Am A Girlfriend.”

Never mind that, though. Check out this band PUJOL. Not like Albert Poo-Hole, but rather like Daniel Poo-Joe. They are from Nashville, Tennessee and they play fun power pop-ish punx and his junx kind of music. So definitely give a check out to this video, which is pretty new. Then, if you are impressed, head over to their MySpace and listen to more of their tunes.

Here’s some great links involving this band:
Daniel Pujol on Vinyl
PUJOL “Mission From God” Video
PUJOL Myspace Page

Band Spotlight: Box Elders

Band: Box Elders
Year Formed: 2005
Label(s): Goner, Shattered, Hozac, Grotto
Members: Clayton McIntyre, Jeremiah McIntyre, Dave Goldberg
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Genre: Cave Pop (according to Facebook page), Garage Pop, Garage Rock, Rock and Roll, etc.
Influences: Redd Kross, Jeff Barry, The Clean, Science Fiction (all according to FB page)
Influenced: Time will tell
Top Songs: Jackie Wood, Alice and Friends, Atlantis, Hole In My Head, Ronald Dean, Isabella, Death of Me
Top Album: Alice and Friends (2009, Goner)
Note: If you like BE, you will probably also dig Nobunny, Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, The Okmoniks, Hunx and The Punx, Jay Reatard, King Khan & BBQ Show, Mark Sultan, Bobby Ubangi, Gaye Blades, and others of similar styles/genres
Note II: Box Elders are opening for the Black Lips at the Middle East on March 25!
Comments: These guys create some of the catchiest, funnest, Rock and Roll around! Their live show is incredibly entertaining, especially due to drummer/keyboardist (yep, he plays both simultaneously!), Dave Goldberg’s exqusite dance moves/antics.

I’d rather post live versions, but they just don’t do justice to the studio versions. The videos themselves, that is, not the actual performances.

P.S. Glen and other Klyamers, why haven’t we done more BS on here like WE?!


Band Spotlight: Beirut

History: Formed in 2006 by a then 19 year old college student named Zach Condon. A few others, a short while later, joined the band and collectively began work on a debut LP titled Gulag Orkestar.

Years Active: 2006 to Present

Label: Ba Da Bing!

Zach Condon, Perrin Cloutier, Hari Ziznewski, Jason Poranski, Nick Petree, Kristin Ferebee, Paul Collins, Jon Natchez, Kelly Pratt, and Ben Lanz

Genre: Balkan Folk

Musical Style: “Gulag Orkestar,” the first track off their 2006 album of the same name, is very dramatic and folksy, featuring a delightful contrast of imposing horns and drums and light and playful tambourines. But Beirut also has songs like “Postcards From Italy” that don’t sound all that differently than your typical non-American independent folk, like Jens Lekman.