Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: Ballad of the Broken Seas

Sad music is my favorite music. Is that because I’m depressed? Maybe, but I’ll take early Leonard Cohen and bottle of single malt over the latest Arctic Monkeys-type record and a vodka Red Bull every time. That’s just me. And for people like me, Mark Lanegan’s whiskey-soaked growl has always been as reliable as a drunk friend. After leaving grunge band the Screaming Trees, Lanegan …

Plug Independent Music Awards

Any event that attempts to legitimize a category of music whose nature is to be on the margins bears a serious burden. The Plug Independent Music Awards (“Plugies,” as they might be called), which presented awards last Thursday, 2 February in NYC, managed to be an industry showcase without being too much industry. Sure, the third edition of this alternative event featured its share of …

What’s Your Rupture?

New York-based indie label What’s Your Rupture has been busting out some of the best punk and classics-sounding rock records I’ve heard in awhile. The label is fresh and everything you want an indie label to be: rough and tough with a heart of gold — no strings attached. The latest in WYR’s line up is a Swedish band called Love Is All and I …