Robot children? Check. Influences ranging from a 1930's boxer to the female drug lord of Miami to Coldplay? Check.
Electronic-rock duo The Big Pink celebrated their second birthday earlier this year with quite a bash: the release of their new album, "A Brief History of Love," charted on thousands of radio stations, and its lead single, "Velvet," was added to Pitchfork Media's "Top 500 Songs of the 2000s" list.
Children of famous parents sometimes have a hard time adjusting to life in their parents' shadow. Not so for Rosanne Cash, the daughter of the late Johnny Cash. Throughout her thirty-year career, Cash has been a vibrant and engaging force in the country music world.
Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle has earned plenty of critical and popular acclaim for his literate lyrics and homages to American music of ages past. Now, as a trio, the Mountain Goats have returned with their 17th album in 18 years as a band, "The Life of the World to Come."
While the Strokes continue their hiatus, the band's singer, Julian Casablancas is the last (but not least) Stroke to have a side project.
Mumford and Sons new album, "Sigh No More," as catchy as H1N1, is inspired by folk and bluegrass.
Megafaun, the Durham, North Carolina - by way of Eau Claire, Wisconsin - trio of brothers Brad and Phil Cook and friend Joe Westerlund have been making music since Jazz Camp in 1997.
Alt-rock icons Cracker unleashed a
collection of new songs this year with the release of their latest album "Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey."
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.