Sometimes we catch a glimpse or 100 inside a musician's personal life and sometimes that includes getting to know their furry friends.

<p>The indie rock band <b>Bikini Islands</b> is fronted by Kyle Wacker, who, despite his band’s sunny name and surf-rock disposition, got the name from an ominous source.</p>
<p>“I can up with the Bikini Islands name from this Gang of Four song called “I Found This Essence Rare.” And it’s about the H bomb because they did all the nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll.”</p>
<p>Wacker’s approach to Bikini Islands was not so simple, at first.</p>

Andy Warhol would have celebrated his 90th birthday this week, the pop artist made an impact on music by helping introdu

<p>Pittsburgh MC <strong>Jimmy Bucek</strong> has a very interesting vocal delivery. Matched with his unusual lower register, he sounds more like he’s reciting poetry than rapping. He claims he used to go a lot faster, but that progressed as he worked out his style. <br /><br />“I needed to slow down a bit. I got real into pauses, like where to take correct pauses. My friend Garrett started talking to me about the swing and to not leave everything on the one. Trying to be very precise with cadence and making it snap right before the snare and the one.

<p>Nick Snyder of the folk band Ferdinand The Bull, says playing acoustic music has it’s perks</p>
<p>“My favorite thing about playing acoustically-based, is that we can just get up and play. We don’t have to plug in or anything. Everything’s really visceral and real. You can touch it, you can feel it and just grab a hold of it. It feels natural and right.”</p>

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Cracker.

 

 

 

Gratitude /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ (n): the quality of being thankful

<p>The indie rock band <strong>Scratchy Blanket</strong> were formed by married couple Chloe Hodgkins and Shannon Keating about 4 years ago. Lead vocalist Keating has found being in a band a helpful way to present herself properly to people.</p>
<p>“I was voted most shy my senior year of high school. I was so mad about it because I just always tried to be friend with everyone. I didn’t feel shy. I just feel like I didn’t enjoy high school and didn’t have a lot to say.</p>

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