ALBUM REVIEW: Dead Men Walking, “Easy Piracy”

Dead Men Walking are, for all intents and purposes, a new band of some very familiar faces – well, familiar if you grew up in the punk/new wave scene of the ’80’s.  Old friends who happen to come from some ...

Why You Should Like: The Twenty % Tippers

One day last September, the mail included a hand-addressed envelope with a New York City postmark and a return address that turned out to be a Mail Boxes Etc. store near Times Square. Inside was a sheet of paper ...

Why You Should Like… The Ocean Blue

Another reader-requested WYSL entry, Hershey, Pennsylvania’s the Ocean Blue combined their youthful energy and love of early ’80s alternative and new wave music into a relaxing, atmospheric blend of evocative music full of imagery and thankfully, hooks. After a few bright years ...

Why You Should Like… Ivy

Enduring several record contracts, shifting musical tastes, and more than a few near-hits over the past 15 years, New York City-based dream-pop trio Ivy just may be the hardest-working band you’ve never heard of. Chances are, though, you’ve heard of bassist Adam ...

Why You Should Like… Missing Persons

With her candyfloss hair, plastic bra and squealing, Betty Boop vocal histrionics, Dale Bozzio was New Wave personified, but such a figure overshadowed the songwriting and musical chops of the rest of Missing Persons, formed by Frank Zappa sidemen ...

Why You Should Like… The Monkees

Should the Monkees be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum? Certainly the argument that they began life as a solely commercial construct is a valid one, but then again, shouldn’t the Rock Hall at least recognize them ...

Why You Should Like… Velocity Girl

Maryland-born quintet Velocity Girl created a bit of a buzz in the early to mid-’90s by marrying a blend of shoegazer guitar sludge with the pixie-pop vocal melodies of singer Sarah Shannon, snagging a minor MTV alterna-hit in the ...

Why You Should Like… Jobriath

“I’m a true fairy,” Jobriath exclaimed, putting any debate over his true sexuality to rest, becoming rock music’s first openly gay superstar. It’s just that the superstar part never happened, despite hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of hype. When tales of ...

Why You Should Like… Thomas Dolby

Ah, Thomas Dolby. No, please don’t instantly yell “SCIENCE!” Yes, he’s primarily pigeonholed as a one-hit wonder, with “She Blinded Me With Science” still getting played nearly daily on ’80s flashback radio, but that novelty unfortunately blinded (heh) many people to ...

Why You Should Like… Placebo

London’s Placebo, recently reduced to a duo due to the departure of drummer Steve Hewitt late last year, have spent the past 14 years garnering equal helpings of praise and scorn over five albums, amassing a huge European audience while remaining cult ...

Why You Should Like… Lush

Known to most Americans as the opening band on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour, Lush had a few minor Modern Rock hits in the early ’90s but never broke through in a major way. So, why should you like Lush? The evidence, please:

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Why You Should Like… Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Frankie Say One-Hit Wonder?: While “Relax” is pretty much all the Liverpudlians are known for on this side of the pond, I’d add “Two Tribes” in there at the very least and “The Power of Love” if you live ...

Why You Should Like… The Bay City Rollers

The first in a series where we take a band everyone’s heard of — whether via constant critical acclaim (the Velvet Underground) or just one huge, annoying hit (um, the Bay City Rollers), yet no one seems to own any of their ...