Hidden Gem

BY Nissa in Music Stuff |

It never surprises me when I stumble upon an amazing, independent musician in the vast depths of the internet. They are out there; multiplying; so it will always be impossible to find them all. Recently, however, I came across Noemi Calumarte (from Barcelona) on her MySpace page and fell in love. Calumarte has the kind of voice that is thick and soulful, reminiscent of Nina Simone but with the heart wrenching poetics of Leonard Cohen. One might compare her to Lhasa ... Read More
Welcome to the world of New York musician Nellie McKay; where too classic simply means too good for the times. The irony is that McKay’s music is all about the times; with lyrics crossing the strange boundaries of political ugliness into sweet piano riffs that are at times soft and reminiscent of show tunes. Nellie’s musical bag seems itself to be a sarcastic stage where hot, politically incorrect topics become marionettes dancing on the same platform ... Read More
Every summer we are treated to a slew of supposed blockbusters specifically designed to knock off socks, or at the very least, give us somewhere cool and dark to sit for twoish hours. Certainly this season will be no different, judging from Hollywood’s attempts to revive The Karate Kid, Predators, Cats and Dogs (…?), the Toy Story franchise (!!), and The A-Team (which, I have to admit, just will not be the same without Mr. T…Bradley Cooper or ... Read More
I gave up sugar a few weeks ago, after realizing it was the basis of much of what I was eating. A hot chocolate (or 2) here, some chocolate sorbet there, the occasional poptart, pumpkin bread with chocolate chips,  chocolate hazelnut biscotti—yes, there was definite theme going on. The detox was brutal but now I'm finding I don't miss it. But, a few days ago, I fell back under its spell. I was browsing etsy.com and came across homemade chocolate ... Read More

Cate Le Bon

BY Kelly McClure in Music Stuff |

Cate Le Bon's album Me Oh My was released in the states last month, and we're still thinking about it. That's a great sign! Our writer Katie Bain put together her thoughts on the album, and here they are ... Exploring the folk tendencies of the minor keys, Wales’ Cate Le Bon presents haunting, confidently arranged songs of love and existence on her debut Me Oh My. Hypnotic in its intensity, the music hinges on Le Bon’s voice, birdlike in its ability to ... Read More