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A HEADS UP: My Pet Dragon

A HEADS UP: My Pet Dragon

Brooklyn-based My Pet Dragon -- a five-piece around singer/guitarist Todd Michaelsen and singer/dancer/percussion player Reena Shah -- haven't appeared previously at Elsewhere although Michaelsen's vocals so impresssed producer Karsh Kale that he and Anoushka Shankar invited him onto their Breathing Under Water album (here). My Pet Dragon's...

The Volcano Diary: The Volcano Diary (NoVo Arts)

The Volcano Diary: The Volcano Diary (NoVo Arts)

There is a considerable amount I don't know about this outfit from Seattle which is fronted by Alicia Dara. In fact I think I've just told you all I do know. But there is more to be said: this beguiling nine-song album arrived from the same source as the excellent My Pet Dragon (but is completely different), and Dara's enticingly...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Alicia Dara of Volcano Diary

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Alicia Dara of Volcano Diary

Alicia Dara is the sublime voice and guiding intellect behind the currently unsigned Seattle band The Volcano Diary whose self-titled debut album is reviewed at Elsewhere. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, worked in theatre and cabaret, and has released solo albums prior to...

My Pet Dragon: Mountains and Cities (Gimme That Sound)

My Pet Dragon: Mountains and Cities (Gimme That Sound)

About 16 months ago Elsewhere gave a Heads Up on an impending album by this group out of New York (here). As far as I can tell the impending album never arrived . . . but this seems to be it. A long time in the pot, obviously. Now a fully formed band around singer-songwriter Todd Michaelsen, this album has a chest-swelling urgency in...

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