What happens when you add 11 people + Southern California + communal musical philosophizing + a fixin' for creating music reminiscent of the 1960s and '70s? Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, that's what.
Jason Lytle formed the band Grandaddy in 1992. After a couple of years off and a move from Modesto, CA to Montana, Lytle has released his debut solo album, "Yours Truly, The Commuter," which he wrote, recorded, and produced.
Wilco has been fun to watch since the 1995 debut album, "AM," and has a pretty good track record to date. I don't think they've ever made a bad album, but since the beginning I've expected the unexpected.
24-year-old Londoner Jack Penate is back with his second album, "Everything is New," the follow up to 2007's "Matinee."
It's nice to see Bob continuing to deliver the goods late in the game. "Together Through Life" is a worthy addition to his already monumental body of work.
From Stockholm, Lykke Li is the latest rising star in Swedish pop music. After appearing on Swedish MTV and winning a Swedish Grammy, Lykke Li landed a deal with Atlantic Records. Her debut full-length album, "Youth Novels," was produced with help from Bjorn Yttling, of Peter, Bjorn and John.
Former Giant Sand members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, collaborated in 1996 and started the electic acoustic folk-world-rock band Calexico, named for the border town in California.
Heartless Bastards originally started as a duo in Cincinnati, featuring Erika Wennerstrom and Mike Lamping. They soon added Kevin Vaughn on drums and eventually signed with Fat Possum Records, releasing their 2005 debut CD "Stairs and Elevators" and the follow-up "All This Time" in 2006.
Although they're in their early twenties, British band and former schoolmates Friendly Fires have been playing music together for ten years. They describe their sound as a mixture of shoegazer and dance pop.
Of Montreal's debut album, "Cherry Peel," was released in 1997. Since then the band has recorded a total of eight studio albums with their latest being "Skeletal Lamping" in 2008.
After hearing Stephen Stills' "Tree Top Flyer" on the radio, Ray LaMontagne made up his mind on the spot to become a singer and musician. By the summer of 1999 he had a ten-song demo tape and a publishing deal with Chrysalis Music Publishing. His debut album "Trouble" has been referred to "quietly devastating meditations on life and love."
With his much anticipated new release "The Silver City" centered around the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of Minneapolis and St. Paul, local singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith has the power to make you feel right at home.
Armed with strong folk influences, an acoustic guitar, and her delicate yet growling voice, Laura Marling has made a name for herself in England, joining the ranks of Adele, Lily Allen, and Kate Nash. Her most recent release, "Alas, I Cannot Swim" was nominated for a Mercury Prize, and she's only 18 years old.
The Walkmen formed in New York City in 2000.
It's been two years since the groups last album and their tribute album to Harry Nilsson.
Dylan Mills, known professionally as Dizzee Rascal, is a solo artist who came up in the U.K. Garage/Grime music scene. His debut album, "Boy In Da Corner" won him the country's Mercury Prize.