Caroline Smith, a Minneapolis singer-songwriter, will not be pigeon-holed. The self-proclaimed, and unabashed, fan of '90s rhythm and blues, pop and neo-soul makes music influenced by all of them, but in a way that doesn't exactly resemble any particular style, other than her own.
With a voice that's wise beyond her years, Basia Bulat weaves personal hardships into gorgeous melodies that tap into universal sentiments: longing, wonderment and love.
Best Coast took the stage to Toto's "Africa" (as the crowd, most of whom younger than the song itself, cheered frenetically and clapped along), though the momentum was briefly interrupted by sound problems.
Treetop Flyers have a whimsical name that conjures up images of rope swings and bird houses high above the earth, but their sound is solidly grounded in rootsy rock and alt country.
The Lone Bellow may call New York home, but their rootsy Americana calls to mind open highways and state-fair sing-alongs more than the Brooklyn, N.Y. diner where they first played together.
There and back again: Transcontinental punks Gogol Bordello mash up sounds and styles from all four corners and in every direction at once.
"I was supposed to do great things," cries Cold War Kids vocalist Nathan Willett on "Miracle Mile," the opening track of "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts," their fourth full-length record. It's a millennial sentiment with which we can all identify, yet from the mouths of these Long Beach, Calif. indie rockers it somehow doesn't seem trite.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but They Might Be Giants is one of those rare bands almost everyone loves, and it's not hard to see why.
If you have never seen the Carolina Chocolate Drops live, you must immediately fill up your biggest thermos with tar-black coffee, get in the car and follow them to Indianapolis for their gig on Saturday.
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I'm a co-DJ on Literature for the Halibut.
I grew up listening to KDHX since I can remember.
Sleater-Kinney is my favorite band (I think).