Alexz Johnson (Born on November 4th, 1986, in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) is never quite what you'd think: she is always, instead, a surprise. While she writes intimate, down-to-earth lyrics, they’re delivered with a larger-than-life, crystalline voice. “Growing up I was afraid of it,” she says, about realizing she could sing big as a small child- the sixth in a brood of ten-- in Vancouver. “I thought it would blow me away.
There are five artists using this name: 1) The seeds of this sunny seaside dream-pop began when Tarabud (vocals & bass), Dennis Bestafka (guitars), & Billy Mower (drums) joined forces after a chance meeting in the San Francisco music scene. With their mutual desire from the likes of Cocteau Twins/Smith/U2/My BloodyValentine/Cure, all 80's synth and 90's dream-pop, they easily shared inspirations to be create their sound. The following series of albums were self released by them:
Roadside Poppies are an indie pop band based in Copenhagen (DK) and Cambridge (UK) with members in both countries. Roadside Poppies were established in Cambridge, UK in 2005 by multi-instrumentalist and singer Matloob Qureshi as a one-man 'pop with tuneless singing' project, but the project quickly grew into a full band, and as they now had two songwriters, two lead singers and had added skillful keyboard- and guitar players. The indie pop ensemble managed to stray a small distance off the grassy verge of tunelessness and into a field of catchy and bass-driven guitar pop songs.
There have been at least 3 bands called The Wake, including a Scottish post-punk band, an American goth band and a Finnish death metal band. 1. The Wake were a Scottish post punk and later indie pop band, founded in Glasgow in 1981 by Gerard “Caesar” McInulty (formerly of Altered Images), Steven Allen and Joe Donnelly, who was later replaced by Bobby Gillespie. Steven’s sister Carolyn Allen soon joined, and remained in the band until its end.
Borne of a mutual love of the tropics, pop music, harmonies, bouffants, sex, sunshine, outdoor drinking and Phil Spector, Talulah does the Hula has come together as a sprightly quintet whose goal it is to get your foot tapping and bootie wiggling. Comprised of Lauren, Jessie, Ceeva, Paula and Mike, Talulah Does The Hula is possibly the only band ever to be named after a New Zealand court case. It could have gone either way though, they were *this* close to being called “Number 16 Bus Shelter”.
Austin's Wiretree began as the solo recording project of singer-songwriter Kevin Peroni. After releasing the LP "Bouldin" in 2007, Peroni recruited Joshua Kaplan on guitar, Rachel Peroni on bass and Daniel Blanchard on drums to solidify the project. The group released their sophomore effort "Luck" in 2009, finding it's way on various year-end best of lists (Blurt, Absolute Powerpop) while being labeled Blurt Magazine's "Best Kept Secret.
Jenny Hval (b. 1980) has in recent years made a name for herself as a writer, journalist, recording artist and sound artist both in Norway and abroad. When her third record Viscera was released in 2011, Italian Vogue described her as:
Snake & Jet's Amazing Bullet Band is a indie rock band from Denmark consisting of Thor Rasmussen og Thomas Frederiksen. When playing live, the duo is expanded to a trio adding Laura Ratschau on bass. Snake & Jet's sound has elements of blues, rock, punk and synthpop all with a retro vibe. On their earlier releases their music was centered arouond a Hammond Organ and guitar, but their latest release, Stuff That Rotates sees the duo adding more vocals while diminishing the earlier importance of the organ.