Emerging from Los Angeles' growing indie-soul scene, Fitz & the Tantrums began as the one-man project of Michael Fitzpatrick, but has now expanded into a seven-piece band. Fitzpatrck--"Fitz" for short--plays the church organ and shares vocal duties with singer Noelle Scaggs.
Born in London, growing up in Greece and moving to Scotland at the age of 10 then going to college at Duke University, it wasn't until singer-songwritier Alexi Murdoch moved to L.A. that his career took off when KCRW host Nic Harcourt began playing his music. His first full-length album "Time Without Consequence" was released in 2006, and his song "Orange Sky" found its way all over television and movies playing on shows like The O.C. and movies like The Garden State.
Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle--son of Steve Earle, stepson of Alison Moorer, named after Townes van Zandt--might as well be alt-country royalty.
<em>Content</em> is the band's first new material in 16 years. The band has a sound of its own invention, featuring leftist lyrics set to a punky, funky, serious groove you can actually dance to. And not just slam dancing either!
In 2005, The Black Angels released their self-titled debut EP, and the band followed it up with their full-length, "Passover," in April 2007. The band's latest offering, titled "Phosphene Dream," was released earlier this fall.
When you put together an American rock musician and a Scottish singer/cellist, it's no surprise that you get beautiful modern alt-country tunes mixed with a sophisticated charm. Some critics have called Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan's collaboration "Beauty and the Grunge Beast."
Every town has their "super-group." In Portland, Oregon, it's the the indie/psychedelic/alt-country quintet Blue Giant, comprised of members of Viva Voce, Decemberists and Swords, along with other local Portland musicians.
In preparation for his seventh album, due out on October 19th, local folky singer-songwriter Ben Weaver took some time off from being a full-time musician in order to experience life in a different way.
"Le Noise" is "no holds barred" Neil Young.
Though Mason Jennings was born in Hawaii, many Minnesotans consider him home-grown. His musical career began with weekly gigs at the 400 Bar as part of the Mason Jennings Band, which won City Pages' "Picked to Click" poll in 1999.
Sisters (and Alabama natives) Lydia and Laura Rogers grew up learning how to harmonize to the music of the Everly Brothers and Doc Watson, among others. After a Nashville audition, the music industry took notice, and the Secret Sisters were born.
Whether it's the fact that they are a ten-piece band or it's their distinctive blend of neo-soul and funk, the '70s-influenced style of Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth hits you like a wall of sound.
Band of Horses latest album, Infinite Arms carries a cohesive blend of indie-rock with some alternative country.
She & Him, comprising Oregon's cherished guitarist/vocalist M. Ward and indie sweetheart Zooey Deschanel's enchanting vocals, return with their second studio album, Volume Two.
Los Campesinos! released their debut album, "Hold On Now, Youngster..." in spring 2008, and followed it up a few months later with their second record "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed". Los Campesinos' latest project is "Romance Is Boring".