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The Consultants

Formed in Brooklyn in 2003, The Consultants were Marisha Chinsky, Brett Whitmoyer, and Mike Hollitscher. Their music is beautifully layered and cinematic, while the lyrics are a neurotic cocktail of hope and discontent. Chinsky sings and writes most of the words, and they are often windows into a compelling world where self-confidence and self-doubt are perpetually vying for the upper hand. In The Mark, for example, she sings

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The Puncture Repair Kit

The Puncture Repair Kit are a rickety chamber-pop band from Cambridge. There are 6 of them: Matthew, Lozzy, Becky, Rachel, Kellye and Mark, and they play instuments including guitar, bass, drums, flute, violin, cello, accordian, glockenspiel, banjo. Everybody sings and the audience all go home with a warm fuzzy feeling, a nagging sense of unease and possibly a badge or something. The Puncture Repair Kit started in March 2007 and have no clue how to make it stop. They have been told that they sound a bit like The Delgados, Arcade Fire, Belle & Sebastian and Architecture In Helsinki.

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The Beautiful Word

The Beautiful Word- Brighton's finest mystery-pop quintet- will spin you a sparkly web of wonder and melodic delight. A fantastical blend of the childish and sophisticated. Think Swizzels-Matlow making teapots for grown-ups. Expect songs about love, heartbreak and animals.

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Cats on Fire

Cats on fire was formed late 2001 in Vaasa, Finland. Since 2004, the group consists of Mattias Björkas (vocals, acoustic guitar), Ville Hopponen (electric guitar), Kenneth Höglund (bass guitar) and Henry Ojala (drums). They are currently based in Turku, Finland. In 2003, CoF released a vinyl single, Solid work 2004, saw the release of another one, Happiness is Chemistry. The first proper CD release came all too late, in summer 2006.

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Galaxie 500

There are two bands with the name Galaxie 500:
1) an American alternative rock band that formed in 1987 and split in 1991
2) a francophone indie garage rock formed in 2002 in Montreal, Canada, and now known as Galaxie 1) Galaxie 500 formed in Boston, MA in 1986 and comprised vocalist/guitarist Dean Wareham (a transplanted New Zealand native), bassist Naomi Yang and drummer Damon Krukowski, longtime friends who first met in high school in New York City before all three attended Harvard University.

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Blah Blah Blah

There are more than one artist who have recorded under this name. 1) Post-punk band who made the single "In the Army" on Absurd Records in 1979 and an album on Trans Universal Records in 1981. They also contributed a track on the Some Bizarre Album. Members were Ian Smith, Vicky Jones, Chris Andrews, Martin Croxford and Peter Wiggins. 2) Sensational band often described as the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Magnetic skiffle punk new wave classics.

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The Steinbecks

THE STEINBECKS emerged, blinking, from the still-smouldering ashes of The Sugargliders in 1994. The Sugargliders (3/2/89-10/6/94) were the creation of Melbourne brothers Josh and Joel Meadows, who were teenagers when they started playing gigs and recording for indie label Summershine Records. The 'gliders went on to become part of the legendary Sarah Records stable, releasing ten 7" singles and a compilation LP, We're All Trying To Get There (SARAH619), before self-combusting in June 1994. But theirs is another story.

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