John Vanderslice grew up in Florida and Georgia before eventually moving to Potomac Maryland. He took piano lessons as a child, and by eighth grade he had learned to play guitar. He released three well-received albums with the band MK Ultra and in 2000 his solo debut album, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, was recorded in his own studio, Tiny Telephone which he started in 1997.
It's been five years since San Francisco's alterna-pop rockers Imperial Teen have released a record. Evidently, that's enough time for the members of the band to have a baby, record some songs for television, pursue a career in hairstyling, and work on another music project.
Oakley Hall's style sticks to the core of country music's basic elements, however they've mixed less than conventional sounds into the mix, including a modified electric fiddle and a Fender electric strung up like a banjo.
Various members of the Aliens have been behind some of the most popular British-indie music in the last decade. Three of the band's members were originally part of the Beta Band, including founding member Gordon Anderson.
With the release of their third and most successful album, Writer's Block, Peter Bjorn and John gave us the year's most popular whistle on the track Young Folks which has been called an "Indie-Rock Anthem."
The Cinematic Orchestra founder Jason Swinscoe has a background playing bass, guitar, and DJing. His head was filled with ideas and influences, such as his love of jazz bass players, rhythm sections, and film soundtracks. He put these passions together and created and sound and style all his own.
He's been nominated for the Mercury Prize but doesn't want music to be a competition. He makes mixed tapes and hands them out at shows. London, England's Jamie T is in town with his band The Pacemakers for a show at the 7th Street Entry.
Brooklyn's They Might Be Giants are known for their innovative ways of connecting with their audience - from a phone answering machine to podcasts. Mark Wheat spoke with TMBG before their show at First Avenue about working on their new album, The Else, with the Dust Brothers as well as a song they wrote about First Avenue.
Returning for for their first full length following their individual solo projects - The Elected and The Watson Twins - Rilo Kiley is touring to support their latest album, "Under the Blacklight."
Craig Pfunder and Mike McGill of the Louisville, Kentucky, band VHS or Beta are touring in support of their latest album, "Bring on the Comets." They admit that their new album is a bit of a musical departure from their earlier dance-influenced albums.
The group from England came together in 2004 and has been called the missing link between Phil Spector and modern day popular music.
The music of Los Angeles-based Great Northern has been called memorably melodic, consisting of layered melodies of chimes, piano, keyboard, and both acoustic and electric guitars.
The seed for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were planted back in 1995 when Robert Turner and Peter Hayes met while at high school in San Francisco. After playing in various bands, the duo finally started playing together and added the talents of drummer Nick Jago in 1998.
With a band named Illinois, you'd expect them to be from Chicago, Rockford or Springfield but that's not the case. They're actually from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The band is named after Chris Archibald's great grandfather.
It's a band that rocks the proverbial boat with a punk-ish gait supplanted by youthful vigor. On this outing, bassist Greg Norton (Husker Du), keyboardist Craig Taborn, drummer Dave King (Bad Plus), and bassist/guitarist Eric Fratzke (Happy Apple) pursue unbalanced injections of prog-rock, topped-off with angst-ridden licks, pounding beats and more.