A female quartet with attitude, Dum Dum Girls combines influences from the Ramones and the Ronettes to create punchy, post-punk sounds.
For 15 years Icelandic musician Jón "Jónsi" Þór Birgisson has entertained audiences with his soft melodies and versatile falsetto. As the guitarist and front man of Sigur Rós, Jónsi contributes to the post-rock band's infamously calm, dream-like sound. His recent solo ventures, however, are notable departures.
Lissie is no country sweetheart. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed Rock Island, Ill. native gained recognition with her rustic, yet beautifully serene voice that put an unusual spin on a number of covers from Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi and Metallica. Her debut album, Catching a Tiger, however, offers an interesting mixture of less immediately commercial tunes.
The captivating vocals and the soothing, folk-rock melodies of Jenny and John Kavanaugh offer a refreshing alternative to harsh rock. The duo form the core of the Jenny Kavanaugh Band, whose acoustic tone -- produced by guitar, keyboard, bass and fiddle -- is accompanied by thoughtful lyrics, producing songs that connect with listeners.