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Morley

Morley

When I initially listened to Morley’s music, I knew I was listening to something special. I discovered her quite by accident. Her song, ‘When I Love You,’ was featured on a promotional compilation for Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair back in 1998. The song immediately caught my ear as her music blends experimental pop and folk with subtle lacings of jazz. Needless to say, I needed to hear more.

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Michelle Cross

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to have people send me musical recommendations from artists I probably wouldn’t have been able to hear of otherwise. Michelle Cross was one of these artists.

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Eleanor McEvoy

Eleanor McEvoy

After spending nearly all of her childhood surrounded by music and learning several instruments along the way, Dublin-born Eleanor McEvoy officially embarked on a musical career in the early 90’s with her self-titled debut. The album would land Eleanor as one of Ireland’s most treasured artists.

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Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule

Even though she’s still best known as the ‘I Kissed A Girl’ girl of 1995 (from her self-titled album of that year), Jill Sobule deserves a larger following solely based on the material that she has released since that headline-provoking song. Having an uncanny ability to forge her dry humor into a folk-styled musical backdrop, Jill has created an amazing catalogue of witty, well-crafted songs.

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Lesley Rankine of Ruby

Ruby

When looking at the career of Lesley Rankine, it’s difficult not to think about Shirley Manson. For one, they both hail from Scotland and have had earlier musical stints in bands with ‘fishy’ names (Lesley in the London punk band, Silverfish and Shirley in the Scottish band, Angelfish). And since then, both have gone on to make engaging electronica/pop music.

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Joan Jones

Joan Jones

Before the MP3 revolution began, there was a time when I would walk into my favorite record store and simply buy an album without ever hearing of the artist. Sometimes the impulse was prompted by a review I had read or a simple recommendation. Other times, something as simple as an appealing album cover would peak my interest. In the case of Joan Jones’s Starlite Criminal, it was pure chance.

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clAud9

I discovered the music of Claud9 when I was in Italy last year on vacation. One night while in my hotel room in Rome, the video to ‘Addicted’ appeared on MTV Italy and I was instantly awestruck at what I heard and saw. Once I arrived back in the States,…

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Neko Case

Neko Case

Belonging to a genre most often described as alternative-country, I find Neko Case to be the perfect music for people who ordinarily wouldn’t find themselves listening to any sort of country.

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Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Rich with inexplicable soul, Nina Simone’s voice is unmistakable and capable of evoking a kaliedoscope of emotions.

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Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick

It’s a difficult task to categorize Beth Lisick‘s music. Firstly, she’s a poet and therefore doesn’t do much singing at all. Instead, she relies on her keen observation of the world around her to create magnetic, if not sometimes bizarre stories.

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