Zach Rogue probably has a perfect name for driving electro-pop music.
Somewhere between hardcore music and Bruce Springsteen lie Titus Andronicus, one of the latest bands in a rich vein of hard-rocking Jersey kids. They're only on their second album, "The Monitor," a concept album inspired by the Civil War, but they're riding a huge wave of buzz from the Internet.
Tegan and Sara's recording careers started in 1997, when they used their school's recording studio to record their first demo. In 1999, the Canadian sisters independently released their debut LP, "Under Feet Like Ours." Their poppy, emotive indie-folk style attracted the attention of Neil Young's label Vapor Records, who signed them in 2000. Later that year, they released another album, "This Business of Art." .
The Clientele are a London-based British band that originally formed in 1991, under the name The Butterfly Collectors. However, it wasn't until 2003 that their first album, "The Violet Hour" was released which saw great acclaim but little commercial success.
Free Energy is a Philadelphia-based band, but one with roots in the Minneapolis music scene. A couple of the guys in the band, Scott Wells and Paul Sprangers, were both members of now-defunct local faves Hockey Night.
Laura Veirs released her self-titled, self-released debut in 1999 and in January 2010, she released her latest project, "July Flame" on her Raven Marching band label.
Realizing that no one has really tried to create a pop culture phenom in quite this way before in an era when the flat world theory seems most plausible when observing global music consumption, they are genius.
Fresh off the success of their debut record, "North Hills," Los Angeles natives Dawes have gotten the chance to expand their Laurel Canyon sound on a national tour.
Listen as the wonderful bard of MN, Kevin Kling, takes over our dial AND tells some great stories about The Uptown Bar, his infamous motorbike accident and a little about his new collection, "Holiday Inn."
The local hip-hop collective and record label Doomtree have been combining beats and MCs for the last five years. In addition to the collaborative EPs, several members including P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, and Cecil Otter have released solo albums.
The XX have accomplished something few other groups have: critical raves, a sellout worldwide tour, and unexpectedly stellar album sales. The best part? They're all 20 years old.
A superstar in the Canadian music world, Sam Roberts' songwriting has garnered him multiple Juno Awards and plenty of critical acclaim in both the U.S. and Canada.
Illinois-born Lissie offers some of the best Americana music to come out of the Midwest in recent decades. Now living in California, the musician -- Lissie Maurus by birth -- examines life in small-town America and growing up in a rural area.
Owatonna, Minn. isn't nationally recognized for a lot of things, but it can be proud of its most famous native son - Sean Tillman, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar. After stints in the noise band Calvin Krime and his own Sean Na Na project, Har Mar's exploration of R&B and raw sexuality has found him international fame.
Kyp Malone is a famously prolific musician, and for good reason. In addition to his side project, Iran, and his main band, TV on the Radio, the singer-guitarist has been making solo music since 2000. His current incarnation, Rain Machine, released its self-titled debut this summer on Anti-Records.