Musicians from 2011 Who Deserve a Second Look

[My column from today’s Metro newspapers.  -AC]

There’s just too much music these days.

No wonder that so much great stuff — a disturbing amount — slips through the cracks.  Here’s a list of artists and albums that you may have missed over the past 12 months.

Cults/Cults:  A boy-girl band from Manhattan who went from mysterious indie duo to major label signing in the space of just a few months. I dare you not to sing along.

Cut Copy/Zonoscopre:  Third album from this Australian electronic band, which has been nominated for a Grammy. 

EMA/Past Life Martyred Saints:  EMA is Erika M. Anderson, who makes music out of what seems to be a succession of life crises. It’s the kind of powerful, painful stuff that Courtney Love used to make about twenty years ago.

Read the rest of the list here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Musicians from 2011 Who Deserve a Second Look

  • December 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Alan I cannot believe a rock enthusiast like yourself has never even mentioned Jon Fratelli's solo album "Psycho Jukebox" or Butch Walker and the Black Widows "The Spade". Hands down the most overlooked albums of the year.


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