North Carolina's Annuals have been credited with taking down the three major music labels in six months. Ok, maybe that was that was a spoofed album review in Paste Magazine written as if it were 2050. Who says it can't happen?
A family that tours together stays together. Isn't that the saying? That's the case for the husband-wife duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel that make up Mates of State, who have brought their two children on tour with them.
Fresh off a lauded performance at this year's Lollapalooza, the English indie-dance-popsters, The Ting Tings, have been selling out venues across the US and are nearing the end of the first US tour here in the Twin Cities.
Shearwater's latest project, released in June 2008, is called "Rook" and has been receiving favorable reviews from music critics across the globe.
At just barely 20 years old and still living at home with her mom, Adele has a debut album that has already hit number one in England. With a strong, crisp voice that was perfected at her rock-and-roll high school, she got a record deal based on the first song she ever wrote, "Hometown Glory."
Foals' lead singer Yannis explains the band's approach to making music by saying, "we wanted to make music that was very technical, that wasn't just party music, but at the same time you could dance to it."
Ingrid Michaelson released her debut CD "Girls and Boys" in January 2007 on her own label, Cabin 24 Records. Four songs from her debut were also featured on the prime-time television drama Grey's Anatomy and in commercials for clothing company Old Navy.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward first met when they were recording a Richard Thompson song for a movie soundtrack. The actress and the singer-songwriter hit it off and soon after that, Deschanel shared with Ward some of the songs she had written. Volume One is their first CD together.
The Duke Spirit is coming to America again, despite a 2006 tour that saw all their gear stolen in Portland and a broken elbow for bassist Toby Butler in Las Vegas.
Dizzee Rascal grew up in the East End of London, and honed his MC skills as a teenager at raves and on pirate radio.
One critic wrote that the music of White Williams ties pop eclecticism to peripateticism. We figure that's exactly what 23-year old Cleveland native Joe Williams was hoping for while he was recording Smoke (because nothing is more rock and roll than peripateticism).
Singer Nick Urata founded DeVotchKa nine years ago with the idea of mixing together the music of east and west. He did not found it with the hopes of selling music to McDonald's. The band turned down a request to use one of their songs in the fast-food giant's commercials.
Glasgow's Sons and Daughters recorded This Gift in a house in the village of Adfern on the west coast of Scotland. The band's Adele Bethel said, "We wrote and practiced all day and played poker and got drunk at night." Sons and Daughters cancelled a late March Minneapolis performance, so your best chance to hear them live is right here.
It is likely that every story you ever read about Jesca Hoop will mention this -- she got her big break while she worked as a nanny for Tom Waits' kids. He passed her demo on to some influential people in the business. While it might be hard for Hoop to escape that biographical bullet point, her music certainly stands on its own. Her SXSW appearance is her second on The Current.
With The Raveonettes' fourth CD Lust Lust Lust landing on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the band has secured their position as Denmark's most popular musical export ever. Sune Rose Wagner began writing the album at a rehearsal space in London, where he churned out seven songs in the first day. The result is 14 songs that his cohort Sahrin Foo describes as "direct and in your face."