Killing Joke is an influential English post-punk rock band formed in 1979. Founding members Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman (vocal, keyboards, synthesizers and arrangements) and Geordie Walker (guitars) have been the only constant members of this band.
Animal Collective is a critically acclaimed indie group that pushes the boundaries of pop music. From deliciously skewed ballads to ethereal soundscapes to frenetic rhythms, Animal Collective is constantly evolving, exploring the outer edges for new and exhilarating sounds.
In the most aw-shucks, unassuming fashion, Idaho-born Josh Ritter is re-wiring the circuitry of American songwriting. Based on the strength of his critically acclaimed albums, Ritter has been splitting his time between the United States and Ireland, where he is selling out clubs and small theaters. Ritter is known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics. In 2006, he was named one of the "100 Greatest Living Songwriters" by Paste magazine.
BoomBox evolved through the common visualization of a pair of forward thinking artists from diverse musical backgrounds: Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux. Together they develop an electronic blend of vintage rock and blues that is made to move dance floors. They do this while incorporating their signature backbeat, psychedelia and funky house sounds. BoomBox's first release, 'Visions of Backbeat,' contained the breakout song 'Stereo' that launched their rapidly growing fan base.
After winning the Idol crown in Season 7, Cook went on to sell over one million copies of his self-titled, debut album. David Cook entered the Billboard charts at No. 3 and the digital album charts at No. 1, marking the best debut from an American Idol winner since 2006. Cook is currently working on music for his next album.
Ra Ra Riot is an indie rock band from Syracuse, NY. Formed in 2006, the band has appeared at CMJ and SXSW and signed with V2 Records and Barsuk Records. The unusual instrumentation features vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, cellist Alexandra Lawn, and violinist Rebecca Zeller.
New Jersey sextet Railroad Earth has a great bluegrass style mixed with rock and has shown that its music can go well beyond the realm of traditional bluegrass to incorporate folk, Celtic, jazz and more. The band features Todd Sheaffer on lead vocals and acoustic guitars, Tim Carbone on violin and vocals, John Skehan on mandolin and vocals, Andy Goessling on acoustic guitars (as well as banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon on percussion and vocals and Andrew Altman on upright bass.
Oneohtrix Point Never is Daniel Lopatin, a US native whose work has brought him to the forefront of the modern electronic composition scene. OPN's explorations of synthetic new age, post-minimalist composition, and sampling strategies (sometimes in unsettling juxtaposition) have found him an ever widening audience among listeners of classical and rock alike.
Beach House is a Baltimore, MD, two-piece dream pop, indie-rock band formed in 2004 by Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand. Their dreamy sound is similar to Mazzy Star and Nico. In 2006 they were named the 16th best album of the year by Pitchfork Media. 'Bloom' is the band's fourth full-length album and it was designed on the road, between the countless sound checks and myriad experiences gained during two years of touring.
Mutemath is an alternative rock band from New Orleans that formed in 2003. The group incorporates emotive vocals and hip-hop styled beats which are fueled by sample-like guitars and "keytars," a homemade instrument (a Theremin-inspired guitar) and other random gadgets. The group consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Paul Meany, drummer Darren King, guitarist Todd Gummerman and bassist Roy Mitchell-Cardenas.
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.
Titus Andronicus is an indie pop-rock band from Glen Rock, NJ, that currently consists of singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles, drummer Eric Harm, bassist Julian Veronesi, guitarist Liam Betson and keyboardist/guitarist Adam Reich.