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Twenty-three-year-old Ben EsserEsserCover looks like he just appeared on the scene wearing his matchstick jeans, ska-inflected shirts and a psychobilly quiff that resembles a triple-decker sandwich from Katz’s Deli. But this young solo artist’s been part of the London underground since 2004 as the drummer for the jaunty — and now defunct — U.K. indie kids Ladyfuzz.

His debut Braveface — out now in the U.K. — proves it’s not just his hair that’s big. Esser, from Essex, has the potential for a Lily Allen-size U.S. breakthrough with his pop-friendly beats, laddish songs of big bad love, and withering English wit.

Braveface comes out Stateside in August, but until then you can whet your appetite with these free downloads of album track “Headlock” and a tasty Prince Paul remix of his first U.S. single “I Love You.”


Road Live Nation is attempting to address consumer dissatisfaction with their multiple service charges by kicking off "No Service Fee Wednesdays" tomorrow.


Road Sexy gay folkie Jay Brannan will release In Living Cover, a collection of seven cover songs and two originals, on July 7. The release coincides with a month-long U.S. tour starting July 8 in New York City.

Road Joss Stone is reportedly trying to buy out the remainder of her recording contract with EMI.

Road Is Nelly Furtado bi-?  The "Promiscuous" singer of Portuguese descent will release a Spanish-language album in September.

Road eMusic, the internet music download site that positions itself as a mom-and-pop indie store in the shadow of iTunes' world-domination, has signed a deal with Sony Music to carry the label's catalog (over two years old) recordings.

ElektraRoad Elektra Records, which was folded into Atlantic Records in 2004 during the Great Music Industry Meltdown, is being revived as an imprint just in time for its 60th anniversary. Signings include Little Boots, rapper Cee-Lo and the French electronic duo Justice ("D.A.N.C.E."). 


Has it been 12 years since Vanessa Williams last released an album of all original music? Get ready, because a quiet storm is once again brewing on The Real Thing.

Paolo-NutiniSophomore slump or sophomore slam? Find out when the Scottish bard Paolo Nutini drops Sunny Side Up.

The Sounds — Swedish New Wave freaks since 1999 — release their third album, Crossing the Rubicon.

The late troubadour Jeff Buckley gets a live CD/DVD combo, Grace-Around the World, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of his seminal recording.

Even old reprobates can turn a new trick. Witness Iggy Pop’s turn as a French chansonnier on Préliminaires.

Broadway actor Malcolm Gets (who also appeared in HBO’s Grey Gardens) retraces his musical roots on his debut, The Journey Home.

New releases also from: Diane Birch — Bible Belt; 311 — Uplifter; Franz Ferdinand — Blood (dub remixes of tracks from their last album); Kleerup — Kleerup (import); Away We Go (film soundtrack); West Side Story (2009 Broadway cast) and Rock of Ages (Broadway), plus iTunes has launched a Gay Pride store with gay-related music, movies, apps, podcasts, audiobooks and celebrity playlists.


DAN BLACK: “Symphonies”
A century of cinema is condensed into three minutes in this anthemic ballad from ex-The Servant singer. From his forthcoming solo debut ((un)) (out July 6 in the U.K.).

French dance duo send three head-turning naked femmes down a busy Rue Montorgueil for this club-ready track. Chiropractors, rejoice!

More Gallic grooves from French DJ/producer Sinclar and rap pioneers The Sugar Hill Gang in this colorful old-school block party of a clip.

PATRICK WOLF: “Hard Times”
The sexually ambiguous singer dons neon face paint in a call to political action, from The Bachelor (out today).

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  1. Thanks for all the great new music info, but you´ve made a mistake. In the video section, you say that Dan White is the ex lead singer of The Servant, but it´s actually Dan Black who is the former lead singer of The Servant and is also coming out with an album soon and who happens to be gay - not this guy Dan White. Sorry.

    Posted by: Tallsonofagun | Jun 2, 2009 6:06:00 PM

  2. "Sexually ambiguous" = GAY!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 2, 2009 6:56:34 PM

  3. The new Paolo Nutini album is FANTASTIC ... his first was amazing and I'm happy to say he has only gotten better, experimenting with a few styles. (I'm not a ska fan AT ALL but he manages to make the ska-influenced "10/10" track quite bearable.)

    Oh, umm.. I should mention he's sexy as hell, that bluesy voice and Scot accent melt me!

    Need some cold water ...

    Posted by: sparks | Jun 2, 2009 7:20:09 PM

  4. Actually, the first video is Just Jack's Doctor Doctor—for those who might be confused. Just Jack's is delightful video, but it's not really anything close to Dan Black's Symphonies.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 2, 2009 8:43:25 PM

  5. Refreshing change in music coverage.

    Posted by: Kevin Novak | Jun 2, 2009 9:31:34 PM

  6. Jay Brannan played Dublin on May 6th....he was incredible and so charming with the audience.....and so handsome ! I posted his songs from the concert on my page on YouTube ;go to page "RickT5555" to view in HD. Jay is so original and sincere and his songs are well crafted.....enjoy everybody !

    Posted by: JackFukinTwist | Jun 3, 2009 2:42:14 AM

  7. Completely agree with Sparks about Paolo Nutini. Check out my review of "Sunny Side Up" in iTunes under "whiwo". As for the "Gay Pride" store in iTunes...what a fucking joke! It's like they are completely clueless about promoting pertinent gay artists here and now. Instead, the push artists of yore and really lame "gay pride" mixes with songs as old as ten years ago. Give me a break. If you want some great gay mixes made with pride that cover a whole host of genres, check out my page @ http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=287107267 or just go to http://www.partyfavorz.net. My Gay Days mixes are going up today through Friday.

    Posted by: Keith | Jun 3, 2009 8:57:58 AM

  8. Nice music. Can I find it at a gay pride store somewhere? I'm not sure where I'd find it.

    Posted by: Garfield | Aug 9, 2011 12:54:54 PM

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