All the way from Norwich, UK, pop rockers Bearsuit brought their danceable, chipper punk music to the states and, subsequently, into our hearts when they performed at the Magnolia Avenue studios.
Hailing from Prairie Grove, Ark., Trout Fishing in America take traditional aspects of folk music -- like telling humorous stories through songs -- and then test convention through distorted guitars and carribbean percussion. They swam into the Magnolia Avenue Studios for a live session.
Dar Williams wrote her first song at age 11 and she's been on a roll ever since -- or so it would seem for the prolific New England folk singer. She visited both Musical Merry-Go-Round and Songwriters Showcase for an acoustic session.
Like other Chicago-based soul groups before them, the Right Now (formerly the band Eli Jones) takes the genre to new heights by adhering to time-tested conventions and dabbling in experimentation.
Mixing urban soul with a little bit of attitude, The Diplomats of Solid Sound are canvassing the world with their own special brew. Listen to what the band cooked up during a recent session of Blues In the Night.
For years Krist Krueger released lovely symphonic pop records under the name Southerly; he's now headed out under his birth name for a round of introspective but still lush pop.
High harmonies and hard picking just about nails bluegrass band Men of the Week. The young Missouri group sent Gene Roberts off in fine style during this farewell show of Country Function, Bluegrass Junction.
With the lightly reverbed, slightly spacy vocals and refreshingly fuzz-free guitars interspersed with unexpected carnivalesque organ played over psychedelic waltz beats, Oklahoma City's the Uglysuit creates an easy-going, euphonious experience that is anything but ugly.
A hard touring soul rock band from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the Heavy Pets add an addictive dose of '70s rock to their groove-based sound.
Billing themselves as "a musical salute to the drums," Sworn to the Drum brought trance-inducing, improvisational percussion to the KDHX studios.