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".
As the frontman for one of the most critically-acclaimed bands of the last decade, Sigur Ros's Jonsi Birgisson has come to be a familiar name for many fans of independent music. His ethereal falsetto has graced plenty of albums including the Sigur Ros magnum opus "()." Now, with his debut album, "Go," Jonsi finds himself exploring new avenues of musical expression while retaining his post-rock roots.
Five albums into his stunning solo career, Brooklyn-based acoustic artist Clarence Greenwood, known to the public as Citizen Cope, has once again charmed the independent music world with his newest release, "The Rainwater LP."
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.