Emerging from a particularly rough period in their two-decade career, the Roots have just released a new disc that shows refocused intensity and renewed energy as the Philadelphia hip-hop crew seeks to finally capture what was once barely out of their grasp.
Already stars of their own HBO show, New Zealand acoustic pair Flight of the Conchords are poised to breakthrough from comedic novelty to bonafide pop stars. But, if you think the Concords are just a joke band, their debut album will prove that joke is on you.
Continuously outshone by Jack White and the White Stripes, the Ohio-based neo-blues duo the Black Keys is finally poised to claim the spotlight with their new, Danger Mouse-produced album. Oddly, they do so by largely shunning the blues.