Kindred Souls With Similar Goals


Following the family tree down from such greats as Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole, and Julio Eglesias, musical history is rife with offspring chasing after the same spotlight that their bloodline basked in. After all, how can you blame them? To share the same genes with someone who dominated their genre in their time can be quite a motivating force to give it a shot yourself. There is bound to be someone out there who’ll fund your first studio cut if you can drop a name like Elvis Presley. But as Lisa Marie knows, sharing what runs through your veins with a legend doesn’t always guarantee you’ll follow the same path to fame. The following artists would much rather point to the success stories, like nine-time Grammy winner (and daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar), Norah Jones, than the more unfortunate careers of some.

Although British Metal/Power Pop artist Lauren Harris owes much to her rock star father – Iron Maiden bassist and founding member Steve Harris – when she was discovered by Russ Ballard in a London pub, he had no clue about her lineage. Her debut album, Calm Before the Storm, was released ironically right after the torrent of attention brought on from playing alongside such juggernauts as Alice Cooper, Korn, and who else but Iron Maiden.

The Rolling Stones’ rump-shakin’ frontman, the inimitable Mick Jagger, isn’t the only one in the family who can keep a beat. His brother Chris Jagger released Act of Faith with his band Atcha! in 2006, after having contributed to such Stones’ classics as “Dirty Work” and “Steel Wheels.” The bar must be set pretty high when you have to follow in the footsteps of a true rock god.

For some lighter fare, tabloid queen Lindsay Lohan’s younger sister is on her way to becoming a veritable pop star, but hopefully not the panty-flashing (or lackthereof) kind. Ali Lohan presents herself as the truly wholesome counterpart to her big sis, with not only an acting career but also a debut album, Lohan Holiday (yup, it’s also a Christmas album) to boot. While she might not share her older sister’s flare for partying, Ali will surely reap the benefits of living in her sister’s shadow on such TV shows as “Living Lohan.”

The kids in TAB The Band do a great job of echoing back to the days of classic sixties stoner rock, which isn’t surprising considering that the “T” (Tony Perry) and “A” (Adrian Perry) of TAB take cues from their dad – Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Tony and Adrian have two albums on North Street Records under their belts already, Pulling Out Just Enough To Win and Long Weekend, whose influences run the gamut but still stay true to their old school bluesy-rock roots. With a slight swagger, the progeny ascend to the stage to give us a retro kick that ceases to lose its appeal.

Passion Pit Plays Pianos


We love us some alliteration!  But what we love more (apparently, along with everyone else) is Passion Pit live.  Playing the third of three sold out residency shows at Pianos last Wednesday, Passion Pit made it clear that they’ll be the band to see this fall.

They played a short set, comprised mostly of tracks from their upcoming debut EP Chunk of Change, which drops September 16th on Frenchkiss Records. The talent of frontman Michael Angelakos (who recorded most of the EP all by his lonesome) translated well to the 5-piece’s live performance.  The energy during “Smile Upon Me” resonated with the crowd, who was clapping along with the band and tearing it up on what quickly became a dance floor.

During the last song of the show, single “Sleepyhead,” the room was singing along while jumping up and down to the beat. Rarely do you see this much excitement around a band in anticipation of not even their debut album, but a mere EP!

So if you like alliteration, but even more importantly great live music, then check out Passion Pit’s next New York show at the Bowery Ballroom on September 24th with the French Kicks.  Trust us, you don’t want to miss them again.

MP3: Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

Pictures from the show after the jump!

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Ying Yang Twins Get ‘Official’ With New Mixtape


Ying Yang Twins

The Official Work / BCD Music Group / BUY

Everyone’s favorite crunk duo is back – The Ying Yang Twins new Mixtape, The Official Work, is in stores now through BCD Music. The album is the first new material since the certified platinum duo’s 2006 release Chemically Imbalanced and includes 11 new songs and 6 skits, all with original production and their signature crunk touch. Single “Look Back at It” finds the Twins issuing a call to ladies to work it in the club.

The Ying Yang Twins began their climb to fame in 2000 with the hit single, “Whistle While You Twurk”, which received heavy airplay on urban and pop radio stations, peaking at #16 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In 2002, Ying Yang Twins released Alley: The Return of the Ying Yang Twins and appeared on the single “Get Low” from Lil Jon’s successful Kings of Crunk album. The song was a huge club and radio hit, and the duo subsequently signed a deal with TVT Records. Their first album released under TVT, Me & My Brother, quickly went platinum.

We here at Rind HQ are excited to see the Twins back in the spotlight with their crunktastic antics on The Official Work.  Download “Look Back At It” and see for yourself why the ladies can’t help but work it when the crunk hits the club.

MP3: Ying Yang Twins – Look Back At It

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The Daily Rind Podcast: Week of August 26


The latest installment in the Daily Rind’s weekly podcasts is here.

Track 1: Mr. Lif “Presidential Report Vol. 1” [Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises
Track 2: Immortal Technique “Harlem Renaissance” from The 3rd World [Viper Records]
Track 3: The Bloody Beetroots “Butter” from The Rombo EP [Dim Mak]
Track 4: The Spinto Band “Summer Grof” from Moonwink [Park The Van]
Track 5: Frances  “Brain” from All The While [Gigantic Music]
Bump music: Uusitalo “Korpikansa” from Karhunainen [Huume Records]

Harmony Central: Carlon Coos and Crows On Ropeadope Debut


Meet Carlon, the secret treasure of New Jersey, recently scooped up by Ropeadope Digital, the lucky ducks who’ll get to issue the twangy indie quartet’s debut full-length, Johari Window , on September 30th. Why so lucky? Well, the long-anticipated following-up to the band’s self-released Suburban Heel EP overflows with folksy rock songs and meticulously-harmonized ballads that masterfully take cues from 60s rock, Americana, and sweet tea indie acts like Band of Horses. But, hey, you don’t have to take our word for it. In advance of the album’s release, Carlon has offered up one of Johari Window ‘s many stand-outs, “Cantaloupe,” for free download. No stranger to reverb, this song borrows the grain silo massiveness of early My Morning Jacket records, while calling to mind the careful harmonies of Fleet Foxes. Gorgeous, right? Right.

MP3 : Carlon – Cantaloupe