Formed 1989 by David Bridie and Helen Mountfort (members of Not Drowning Waving) Like their former band, My Friend The Chocolate Cake's music can be seen to straddle the worlds of ambient and world music, with an emphasis on piano and violin-led acoustic music. Influences range from the obvious (such as Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Celtic folk music), to the less obvious (such as John Cale and Talk Talk).
A foot stompin', horn honkin', go-go dancing, psychedelic freak-out. Five members on record, nine on stage. The Toots' live shows are a haphazard spectacle filled with sweat, glitter and trumpets. A garage, country, big band bonanza whose songs tell ol' tales of rural Australian misfits.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Less is more. Make it work with what you've got. 2 Guitars, a junkyard drum kit (harvested from an actual garbage heap- adorned with tamborines, flowers and kitchen rags), a handful of harmonicas, voices, and above all.. songs. Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent prefer to keep it simple. They have cleverly managed to take 3 separate recording projects and combine them into 1 cohesive, folk rock, sloppy tonk, harmonized, loose but tight, streamlined audience killing machine.
There’s something in Melbourne, Australia fourpiece Dick Diver’s combination of widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York punk edge and scratchy 90s indie rock that transcends influences to become truly rare and exciting. The band started out with guitarists Alastair McKay and Rupert Edwards sharing songwriting in a classic Forster & McLennan style, but have since opened up to contributions from wise-ass bassist Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control) and laconic drummer Steph Hughes (Boomgates, Children Collide).
Award-winning South Korean post-rock and post-hardcore act Apollo 18 formed in the summer of 2008 in the suburbs of Seoul. The trio released their debut EP, Red, in February 2009. In July 2009 they issued their  or The Blue Album full-length. Later that month, Apollo 18 performed at South Korea’s two largest summer rock festivals, the Jisan Valley Rock Festival and Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival. In September of 2009 they played at a pair of sold-out Tokyo gigs for Japanese indie label Zankyo Records fifth anniversary party.
To see the four young teenagers who call themselves
Giant Drag is a Californian indie rock group, composed of singer/guitarist Annie Hardy and simultaneous drummer/synth-player Micah Calabrese. They have released an EP, Lemona, in 2003 and a debut album, Hearts And Unicorns, which was released in the United States on September 13, 2005, and February 27, 2006 in the UK. Giant Drag played their first show on June 4, 2003 at the Scene in Los Angeles, eventually getting residencies at area clubs Silverlake Lounge and Spaceland.
Jessica Says is Melbourne, Australia singer-songwriter Jessica Venables, a cellist, keyboardist and vocalist who has performed with the likes of Jens Lekman and Sally Seltmann. Her debut solo album was released through Unstable Ape Records / Remote Control in 2009 and was recorded by Melbourne indie wunderkind Geoffrey O'Connor. She has since released a string of singles, 'World Without Men' (2010), 'Viens Viens' (2011, a cover of Marie Lafor
The Twoks are an art-pop duo from Melbourne, Australia featuring Xani Kolac on electric violin and vocals and Mark Leahy on drums. The music created by The Twoks has been described as
Faris Badwan, frontman for UK indie rockers The Horrors, has a new project: Cat's Eyes, a duo with the Canadian opera soprano and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira. The group specializes in a glassy, symphonic take on girl-group pop, and they played their first show in December in a pretty unusual place: St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, during an afternoon mass "attended by seven high-ranking cardinals," according to a press release. Webpage: http://www.catseyesmusic.com/