R Stevie Moore
This old guy plays Indie pop/Neo Psychedelic better than any of those smirky twenty-two year olds with their Vox amps and perfect hair. Singer-songwriter, four-track extraordinaire R Stevie Moore hails from a record store in Montclair, N.J., where he used to sell Listen.com staff writer Tom Heyman lots of Yes and Jaco Pastorius records back in the day. He also found time to release a dozen or so records of his own, none of which have managed to make him a household name. But that's never been Moore's aim anyway. Taking the DIY aesthetic to a transcendent degree, Moore set out on his career of under-the-radar, homemade music in 1968 and he hasn't lost any of the love for music that inspired him, or his edge. With a talent for music equally divided between Paul McCartney-ish, Todd Rundgren-style Power Pop and good old Punk rock offhandedness, his terse little songs are as relevant to the Indie community as anything by the High Llamas, back before the High Llamas turned into Stereolab.