Trampled by Turtles have become the road warriors of the post-bluegrass, neo-folk, Americana whatever you want to call it scene.
The stories about the 40-day dream that birthed Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Jade? Alexander!) abound, and I, for one, was janglin' to know just who is this messianic figurehead.
With their sophomore effort "Amelita," Texas duo Court Yard Hounds embrace breezing southwest-folk style with biting lyrics sung in ringing harmonies by sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison.
After a show in Des Moines, Ia., Kyle Henderson, 24-year-old front man of indie-rock band Desert Noises, tries to wake up for his 2 p.m. interview with some late afternoon breakfast in his hotel. It wasn't for another few hours that he and the gang would have to be in Lincoln, Neb. for the next gig at the Bourbon Theatre, so there was no rush.
Bumbershoot, a portmanteau for an umbrella, started as a jazz festival with the hook that the mayor would watch over your children.
Legend has it that Fitz and the Tantrums formed around an organ -- band leader Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick's Conn electronic organ to be precise. Keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna, who has been with the band from the start, took that organ-driven sound and ran with it.
Despite spending a good part of 2012 touring the world, Ra Ra Riot still had the time to almost completely reconfigure its sound and band structure and record a new album.
After a few years of reading the headlines of Spin and Rolling Stone, a few things have become absolutely clear: Young rappers will never learn how to stay out of trouble, the Rolling Stones will always have another tour and New York City indie bands will always have something to complain about.
Still reveling in the success of rising to No. 11 on Billboard's alternative chart in 2013, the Mowgli's offer a sound rooted in their sun-dappled Southern California home. Their songs burst with love for life, fellowship and good times.
Commanding a stage as a solo performer can be difficult, but Andrea Davidson makes it look like a bit of magic, which is, of course, the result of a tremendous amount of hard work.