Plain White T's frontman Tom Higgenson has gotten a lot of mileage out of a crush. While most people resort to stalking on Facebook to pursue the one who got away, Higgenson wrote "Hey There Delilah," a bona fide hit that crossed over into the pop-culture lexicon.
Once a decade, it seems, a respected act from Matador signs a deal with Capitol and promptly falls flat. But unlike Liz Phair, Interpol isn't coping by releasing bizarre Bollywood tracks online—instead, the band is quickly boomeranging back to its original home.
On same day Beach House released its new album "Teen Dream," the power-pop duo fleshed out the subtlety of its arrangements for a quaint room of fans hanging on to every squiggling guitar line and breathy "oh-oh" harmony.
Singer/songwriter M. Ward has seen his profile, and album sales, rise steadily in the past five years, and in 2008, he cracked the six-digit barrier for the first time thanks to the Merge debut from She & Him, his duet project with actress Zooey Deschanel.