Baltimore duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack chose the name Wye Oak after they realized Monarch, their first choice for a name had already been claimed by 7 other bands. Their recorded sound is layered and lush. They try to capture that same sound when the two of them perform live, but they also feel that if a song is good enough, it should be able to stand on its own.
Devonte Hynes used to draw a comic strip called Lightspeed Champion to kill time while he was in math class. When his indie-buzz band Test Icicles broke up in 2006, Hynes resurrected the name for his new project.
Super Furry Animals formed in Cardiff, Wales in 1993. The band signed with the Rough Trade label in 2006 and released "Hey Venus!" in 2007.
Keren Ann released her full-length debut, "La Biographie de Luka Philipsen," in 2000. La Biographie was received well in Europe and earned several nominations for the Victoires - the French equivalent of the Grammy - for Best New Discovery (Artist and Album) and Best Song of the Year.
The band has been called soft revolutionaries and their music described as their rallying cry. Their latest offering "In Our Bedroom after the War" was released in 2007 and the band continues to make beautiful and relevant music.
The prolific singer-songwriter Josh Rouse loves the recording process. He doesn't find it difficult to write twelve good songs, so he finds himself in a recording studio every year or so. After recording over six days in Puerto de Santa Maria in Spain, Rouse released his seventh full-length album, "Country Mouse City House," the title of which was inspired by a 70-mile walk through the north of Spain.
Some bands don't like to be categorized as "shoegazer" music. Ulrich Schnauss takes it as a complement to be compared to artists such as My Bloody Valentine.
Pete Yorn loves to make music. Not only is he a musician, but a true music fan. When he's not making records and touring, he runs a music label called Trampoline Records.
Songs performed: "Last Romantic Day," "Life Without A Brain," and "Sweetness & Tenderness."
Since leaving the Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell has all ready made a name for himself as a solo artist. Even before he left the Truckers, he was recording his solo album. Sirens of the Ditch oozes with the sounds of Muscle Shoals, where Jason calls home when he's not on the road.
Singer/multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark said she came up with the name St. Vincent to put no limitations on what she could do. She said with a name like St. Vincent, the band could be "expandable and could include other people and really be a whole entity."
The band Nomo calls Ann Arbor home, but their heart is on another continent. They play a blend of jazz, funk, and African rhythms. While most of the members study music at the University of Michigan, the band doesn't turn out high-minded compositions meant for the academy. They just want to get a party started.
The Little Ones have a formula for their band. It's called Uncle Lee's Rule of Feet. If a song makes you move your feet (and maybe even dance), they're doing the right thing.
Randy Weeks' name isn't right at the tip of your tongue when you think of hit songwriters, but after Lucinda Williams recorded his song, "Can't Let Go" on her record, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road", people began to take notice.
To be sure, there's a serious streak to the band Snowden, but there's much more to this Atlanta based four-piece band.