Roughly Speaking podcast: Halloween special: Best of horror movie music (episode 168)

ellen cherry

Sun staff

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Kristin Putchinski, vocals, keyboards and guitar

Founded in: 1995

Style: introspective pop

Influenced by: Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Hornsby, Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Prince

Notable: About a year ago, Putchinski decided to write, record and produce music full-time from a small recording studio in her house. She works with other singer/songwriters and on her own project, which she oddly named ellen cherry.

Quotable: "It was easier than trying to get people to spell my last name," Putchinski said. "That's why it's in lowercase -- it's not supposed to be anybody specifically."

For more information about the band, visit

--Sam Sessa

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