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Although he is best known as Johnny Rotten, the lead-singer of The Sex Pistols, John Lydon did not end his music career with his departure from the pioneering punk act in 1978. Lydon formed PiL, or Public Image Ltd, shortly thereafter and dropped his adopted name. 

Jamaica is home to a lot of things worth writing home about. There's the wonderful people, the amazing food, beautiful scenery, and -- not least of all -- the phenomenal music.


David Lynch must know something we don’t. There’s a name for people like him; not director, not writer, not producer, but auteur. Lynch has stamped his distinctive, confusing mark on everything he’s created, from the TV series Twin Peaks to the films Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead and others. Even Dune. He’s supreme leader of the cult following his works have achieved. And now Lynch has placed his finger firmly into yet another pie, this time of the musical variety.

Dr. John, born Malcolm John Rebennack, knows New Orleans like no other. The gritty and growly music legend’s lengthy career has perfected the voodoo’d blend of N’awlins blues, funk, and rock n’ roll for which he is renowned. Locked Down, his latest album – produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – was released earlier this year and keeps the voodoo strong.

A band sound is only as big as its members’, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are huge. The ten members are all a whirl of roving horns and myriad strumming stringed instruments, whistles, claps, shouts, and percussion upon drums, hands, and anything else.

Spirtualized, the neo-psychedelic outfit with Jason Pierce (J. Spaceman) at the center. Formed out of the ashes of Pierce's previous group, Spaceman 3, Spiritualized has been creating grand, lush panoramas of space rock, deeply influenced by soul, gospel, and all things Velvet Underground.

The talented Rufus Wainwright's newest album, Out of the Game, departs slightly in style from his earlier body of work. Although there are some classic heart-felt ballads to be sure, the track Montauk being a case in point, the record as a whole feels danceable and more radio friendly.

The formation of up-and-coming indie folk group Trampled by Turtles can be traced to the theft of Dave Simonnet’s equipment in 2003. Left with just an acoustic guitar, Simonnett chose to form a new band in a new direction of style.

Lana Del Rey describes herself as a self-styled “gansgsta Nancy Sinatra”.  This attitude belies the Lake Placid native Lizzy Grant’s choice of stage name and the personality she seeks to impart to her music.

The Magnetic Fields is just one of a few outlets for frontman Stephen Merritt’s inspired songwriting. The indie-pop outfit recorded six eclectic albums starting in 1993, only breaking into mainstream recognition with 1999’s three-disc 69 Love Songs. 

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