The music of Brooklyn's Yeasayer is an eclectic mix of rock, pop, folk, dub, Middle Eastern, and African musics. They first garnered national recognition in 2007 at the SxSW music festival and soon after, released their debut CD, "All Hour Cymbals" in October of that same year.
The Rumble Strips are a London based band whose music has been described as a mix of rock, soul, indie, and pop.
Punk-pioneer Alejandro Escovedo has just released his ninth solo album earlier this year entitled "Real Animal."
The Magnetic Fields are a band, but in many ways they are simply the extension of Stephin Merrit. As well as a multi-instrumentalist, Merritt writes, produces, and sings their material.
After winning "The Last Band Standing" competition at The Double Door in Chicago, The Melismatics got back to work and are currently touring to support their latest album "The Acid Test."
Jamie Lidell's mother sang professionally with different orchestras, so it's no coincidence that this guy can hold his own as a singer. After playing in the bands Subhead and Super Collider, he's released a number of solo records including his most recent "Another Day."
Glasgow natives The Fratellis enjoyed a great deal of success on their home turf with their debut "Costello Music." In 2008 The Fratellis released "Here We Stand," their sophomore effort.
The band The Hold Steady was formed in 2000 after vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn moved to New York City from Minneapolis. They released their debut CD "Almost Killed Me" in 2004 and it's been nonstop for the band ever since.
Sam Beam is Iron & Wine. That's the moniker for the singer/songwriter behind the delicate guitar picking and soft-spoken voice that has covered The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" and has been featured on a psychedelic M&Ms commercial. Iron & Wine has also released three full-length albums and a whole slew of EPs.
The Dallas, Texas band Old 97's was formed by singer/guitarist Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond in 1993. They released their debut "Hitchhike To Rhome" in 1994 on the indie label Big Iron and in 1995 released "Wreck Your Life" on Bloodshot Records.
Death Cab For Cutie formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997 as a solo project of frontman Ben Gibbard. The band's latest project entitled, "Narrow Stairs" was released in May, 2008.
Solid Gold's music has been described as an exploration into "unique instrumentation and composition, pairing circuit-bent organs with classical violin and opera singing, juxtaposing banjo with harsh electronic beats."
Art punk four-piece Clinic formed in Liverpool in 1997 and released their first single on their own Aladdin's Cave of Golf label. In 2002, the band released their second album "Walking With Thee" which was nominated for a Grammy.
Dr. Dog has been described as a psychedelic rock band and have drawn comparisons to bands of the 1960's, including The Beatles, The Band, and The Beach Boys.
Rapper Slug from Atmosphere thinks that he might be becoming better at promoting records than making records. The new full-length album, "When Life Gives You Lemons..." comes out April 22, 2008 after a plethora of EPs and an internet-only album have released within the past year.