One half of the Akron, Ohio, band The Black Keys, singer/songwriter and guitarist Dan Auerbach has settled in Nashville, where he runs his own recording company, Easy Eye Sound. John Prince, Mark Knopfler and Duane Eddy play on his most recent album, "Waiting on a Song," released in 2017.
Glen Hansard is the Academy Award-winning principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for Irish group The Frames and one half of folk rock duo, The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA winning film 'The Commitments.' He then wrote and starred in the film 'Once,' which was also turned into a Tony-Award-winning musical on Broadway.
Darlingside is a string-rock quintet from Northampton, Massachusetts. Winners of the Folk Alliance Artist of the Year Award, they feature four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone; Darlingside's tightly arranged tunes draw from folk, bluegrass, classical and even barbershop. They are accompanied by an arsenal of classical strings, guitars, mandolin and percussion. About their 2015 album, Rolling Stone wrote "Singing entirely in unison ... they evoke both the likes of Guster and Crosby, Stills & Nash with a diehard earnestness, mixed with the symphonic chug of a string band. But it's their use of both electric bass and tinny banjo that keeps it modern."
One of the most acclaimed bands of the last two decades, Drive-By Truckers have given a whole meaning to the term "Southern rock." Formed in Alabama by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley in 1996, the band, which now calls Athens, Georgia, home, explores the depths of Southern life and mythology, using elements of rock, alt-country and Muscle Shoals R&B to get their stories across.
Wild Child is an American indie pop band from Austin. Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins share singing and songwriting duties. They appeared on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "CBS Saturday Morning."
The bio of Superchunk reads: "Perhaps no band was more emblematic of the true spirit of American indie rock during the 1990s than Superchunk, the pride of Chapel Hill, N.C." They played by their own rules, defied major label overtures and stuck to their trademark sound of buzzing guitars and "high, impassioned vocals."
Originally from D.C., now based in Philadelphia, Jukebox the Ghost is an indie pop/rock piano trio. With its fusion of classical and jazz piano chops, punk-fueled drumwork and jam-rock guitar lines, the band defies the confinements of the boundaries of popular genres.
Thirdstory combines the talents of three promising singer/songwriter/instrumentalists. Individually, Richard Saunders, Ben Lusher, and Elliott Skinner have performed as featured soloists at the Monterey and North Sea Jazz Festivals, the Kennedy Center, and official GRAMMY Awards events. Together, they create a soulful sound. Influenced by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young as much as Amy Winehouse.
At the end of 2014, Chicago trio Russian Circles celebrated the10th anniversary of their first show. A decade is a long time for any band to persevere, let alone a band that mines the relatively unmarketable niche of protracted instrumental dirges. But whereas many bands on the louder end of the rock-based instrumental world are content to work within the confines of the crescendos and washed-out timbres laid out by their predecessors, Russian Circles persistently expand their creative boundaries by working with a wider swath of sounds and structures. In many ways, their previous album, "Memorial," was a fitting cap to that first decade; it was an elegy to the past, a token of remembrance to the aural explorations of the band's formative years. It encompassed the many facets of the band's catalog: harrowing gloom, cinematic majesty, primitive bludgeonings, bittersweet dexterity, and morose minimalism. They still persevere; they released their latest album, "Guidance," in the summer of 2016.
The legendary indie rock band, which got its start in 1983, emerged in the 1980s with a series of lo-fi records and made a splash in the big leagues with its albums on TVT and Matador, including "Isolation Drills" and 'Half Smiles of the Decomposed." In 2014, after the release of "Cool Planet," the group disbanded, but in 2016, Pollard put together a new/old lineup; he brought in Bobby Bare Jr. on guitar, joined by previously ex-GBV guitarist (1997-2004) Doug Gillard, as well as drummer Kevin March (on his third go-round with the band) and new bassist Mark Shue. This lineup went on to record the album "Please Be Honest" later that year.
Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern together make up the EDM duo Sofi Tukker. The title of their 2016 debut EP, "Soft Animals," is a nod to poet Mary Oliver. Their second track, "Matadora," premiered the first week of 2016 on Apple's world-spanning Beats 1 radio and New York's theFADER.com, and topped the Hype Machine Popular chart before the track was even 3 days old.
Stars' music has been described as "beautiful, eloquent indie pop, characterized by lush instrumentation, nimble production and mixing, narrative lyrics, and soft but nuanced vocals." The Montreal-based quintet's style has evolved from an electronic-pop sound as heard on 'Nightsongs' to more rock-based instrumentation on their last two full-length albums.
Peter Hook, the former bass player for New Order and Joy Division, formed Peter Hook & the Light in 2010. What began as a tribute to Joy Division singer Ian Curtis at the Factory in Manchester -- a show on May 18, the 30th anniversary of his death -- became a second night, then many more. And Hook and company continue to perform both the Joy Division and New Order catalogues.
Carpenter Brut is a phenomenon that draws its influences from '80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man behind the pentagon - or the Brutagram, as his fans call it - evokes an encounter between Justice's beats and the universe of John Carpenter.
Producer Tom Misch dropped 'Beat Tape 2' in August 2015, a collection of songs and beat sketches he put together in the first half of that year, and he now has major tastemakers like Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Beats 1's Julie Adenuga queuing up to proclaim him as one of the most exciting new emerging musical talents.
Trampled by Turtles is an original, non-traditional bluegrass band from Duluth, MN. Their energetic live performances and well-received albums, including 'Songs From a Ghost Town' and 'Blue Sky and the Devil,' have gained them a large and loyal fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond. They are currently in the midst of their winter tour to support their most recent album, 'Stars and Satellites,' and at each show they'll be auctioning off a special gift package that includes tickets, signed memorabilia and more. Proceeds from the auction will benefit WhyHunger.
tUnE-yArDs is the music project of Merrill Garbus, a songwriter, vocalist, percussionist, and ukulele player who has fused elements of acoustic folk, R&B, funk, Afro-pop, and rock into a bold, uncompromising hybrid all her own. Garbus is blessed with an extraordinary voice, and she wields it with great confidence, always coming off in total control of her phrasing while seeming totally uninhibited in her expression.
Shakey Graves is the stage name of Austin-based musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia. He fingerpicks while keeping time with a double-pedal kick drum, hitting a snare fitted into his suitcase drum and a tambourine fashioned to its side. And when he sings, Rose-Garcia unleashes an unearthly howl. His first full-length album, "Roll the Bones," was self-released in 2011 and landed him a spot as the official busker of the Railroad Revival Tour with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. His second and latest album is 2014's "And the War Came."
The Kills are the British guitar player Jamie Hince and American singer Alison Mosshart. These two have been making music since 2002. They are releasing a new album, "Ash & Ice," in 2016, three years after Hince injured his hand so badly he required a tendon transplant and lost the use of his middle finger. He has had to relearn the guitar.
Melbourne-based singer and guitarist Courtney Barnett released her debut EP 'I've Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris' to glowing reviews around Australia. That quickly snowballed into International critical acclaim in 2013 with her second EP 'How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose.' In 2015 she released 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit,' fans continuing to flock to her.
Lead singer and pianist Adam Weiner leads this four-piece Philadelphia band, which released a well-received debut album, "Get Out the Lotion," in 2010. Their music is at base barroom boogie but folds in the sound of other genres, from Brit pop to Southern R&B.
Briggs, an Englishwoman who grew up in Hong Kong sneaking into karaoke bars, blends elements of folk, pop and electronic music. She lives and works with producers in L.A. Her debut single, "Wild Horses," reached the top of Spotify's charts and made it onto a TV commercial for Accura.
It was only a matter of time before the bold sound of party rock would make a triumphant return. First, there was Van Halen and Kiss and then Poison and Twisted Sister. Now meet Andrew W.K. (aka Wilkes-Krier), the great new hope for the third millennium. He might be yanking our legs, but the gag is so deadpan it barely registers as parody.
Singer/songwriter Maggie Rogers, a Maryland native, unexpectedly found herself in the spotlight in 2016 after a video of Pharrell Williams listening to her song "Alaska" went viral. Within a short time she'd gained 100K Facebook followers and her two previous albums were racking up serious plays on Bandcamp. A mastered version of "Alaska" went on to receive over a million plays on Spotify.