Fountains of Wayne tells stories with their songs. They can make the Tappan Zee Bridge seem romantic and the Department of Motor Vehicles worth chronicling. They regale us with more tales of ordinary slobs like you and me set to a perfect pop melodies.
Madeleine Peyroux has been recording for over a decade, but most people only got to know her when she released her second album "Careless Love" in 2004.
Albert Hammond Jr. was born in Los Angeles California. As a member of the indie-rock band The Strokes, he plays lead and rhythm guitar. He released his solo record, "Yours To Keep" in the UK in 2006 and in North America in 2007.
The Heavenly States consist of Ted Nesseth, Jeremy Gagon, Genevieve Gagon, and Mark Christianson. They've recorded two full length albums, as well as the 3 song single King Epiphany I, II and Monument.
The songs performed by Romantica frontman and Belfast-native Ben Kyle retain a certain gravity, but yet they span multiple genres and influences. Their sound has been compared to Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Damien Rice among others.
Electrelane have been together for a decade, but Verity Susman says the quartet hasn't settled into a comfortable pattern. They still find making music challenging.
Brandi Carlile grew up in a musical family in a small town outside of Seattle. Her naturally wonderful singing voice must have made it easy to choose a career in music. She could have slid by using just those pipes, but she worked hard to teach herself piano, guitar, how to layer harmonies with other singers and to write songs.
After Alex Turner and Jamie Cook received guitars for Christmas, they made practicing a full time obsession. All of that practicing paid off when the band inked their first recording deal with the label Domino in the spring of 2004.
When The Ponys started out in 2000 they - like many other bands at the time - were labeled "garage rock." The Chicago four-piece no longer fit under that simple description, as they've expanded their live and studio sound beyond that simple moniker.
Joseph Arthur has released two albums in quick succession. In 2006, he released "Nuclear Daydream," and "Let's Just Be" hit stores in April 2007. After years as a solo artist, he's now recording and touring with his band, the Lonely Astronauts.
Mary Lucia interviewed writer Martin Keller, author of Music Legends: A Rewind on the Minnesota Music Scene, and musician Dan Murphy, member of the bands Soul Asylum and Golden Smog.
The lead singer of The Frames, Glen Hansard, started his career as a busker in Dublin. In 1990, he gathered together a bunch of musicians he knew from the streets and formed the band. After seventeen years of hard work, The Frames are one of the most popular bands in their native Ireland.
Sometimes after playing in seven bands in a decade, a guy just wants to spend some time alone. At least, Mike Kinsella did. He's was in Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, and American Football, but he spends his time performing as Owen now.
Jonathan Lethem has a new novel about indie rockers and young performance artists living in Los Angeles. But he is also shopping a new idea -- that artists and businesses keep too tight a hold on copyrights, and that the artistic spirit would flourish if everyone agreed to loosen that grip.
Low is now a teenager. The Duluth band formed in 1994. Drummer Mimi Parker and guitarist Alan Sparhawk go back even farther than that - the spouses met in elementary school. Matt Livingston - the third bassist in their history - rounds out the group.