Introducing: New French Act, C.A.R.

Edgy French musician Chloé Raunet is pursuing a new solo project. Since 2006, the supercharged artist has been an accomplished musician as a guest vocalist, writer and arranger, contributing to over 20 recordings. Most famously, she recorded and performed with the London-based electronic duo, Battant.  But in September 2011, Battant’s multi-instrumentalist wunderkind and Raunet’s partner, Joel […]

Celtic, Afro-beat Guitar Pop from Scotland: Bwani Junction

Some musicians claim to have been “catapulted” to stardom. But for the Scottish band Bwani Junction, the road to success has been a slow-maturing and a moderate unfolding. It took a few years for the four members, Rory Fairweather, Jack Fotheringham, Dan Muir, and Fergus Robson, to create and publish their debut album that they recorded […]

Giving A New Meaning to Drone Wars, Drunken Sufis

The formerly Washington, D.C.-based/currently Brooklyn-based “anti-hypocrisy” punk band, Drunken Sufis has been writing and performing angular songs since 2009. Yesterday the band released its latest album, titled DroneWars (Bad Friend Records). Imagine a futuristic Baghdad, where contractors handle everything. There is no government. No rule of law. No belief system. Only a laissez-faire doctrine that holds everything […]

German Blues Guitarist, Henrik Freischlader

Henrik Freischlader is a German blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and self-taught multi-instrumentalist from the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany. He was born in Cologne,  and began his musical journey as a drummer. When he was 14 he heard “Cold Day in Hell” by Gary Moore on the radio, which inspired him to play blues […]

A Guitarist Who Can Really Rock, Chantel McGregor

Chantel McGregor is a young British blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter from Bradford, West Yorkshire, in Northern England. At seven years of age she started taking guitar lessons. At the grand old age of eight she became the youngest person in the U.K. to pass a “Rock school” grade exam. In her teens, McGregor was told by […]

Introducing Marques Toliver

New York busker and self-made man of soul, Marques Toliver is a talented musician, singer, songwriter and producer. Originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, Toliver is currently based in London, where he works as an editor of his own magazine, Love is the Law, with regular guest editor, English model Daisy Lowe. As well as writing, editing and performing, […]

TBJ’s Favorite Records of 2012: Alabama Shakes

The Athens, Alabama-based quartet, Alabama Shakes, began their music careers by playing shaggy Led Zeppelin covers around the dive bars of Limestone County in 2009. Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Steve Johnson and Heath Fogg came to prominence following a successful show at CMJ Festival in October 2011, after which Jon Pareles of The New York Times compared Howard’s singing […]

An Interview with Iceland’s Ólöf Arnalds

Ólöf Arnalds is an Icelandic singer and multi-instrumentalist. She was classically educated on the violin and viola, and later taught herself to play guitar and charango. Her record label describes her music as “instantly captivating and possessed of a magical, otherworldly quality.” After completing her studies in violin and classical singing, Arnalds studied composition and […]

New Band TOY emerges in London with Release of Self-titled Album

London singer/guitarist Tom Dougall (younger brother of Rose Elinor Dougall of The Pipettes) formed the band TOY in 2010 with Dominic O’Dair (guitar), Maxim “Panda” Barron (bass), Charlie Salvidge (drums), and Spanish keyboard player Alejandra Diez. Dougall, Barron and O’Dair had previously played together in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong. The band’s first live […]

Subsource A Dubumentary, Not A Documentary!

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London during the latter end of the 1990s. It is characterized by wavering bass lines, syncopated rhythms, and the minimal use of voice. Dubstep is generally thought of as “production electronic music,” created in studios, and often played by performance DJs. Subsource is […]