The Whigs have married indie-pop witticisms and bare-bones three-piece rock 'n' roll blowouts for over a decade. The Athens, Ga. trio has seen its share of opening slots, always filled with explosive energy that's a headliner's dream.
Filled with Adam Turla's sonorous vocal rumbles and haunting cello strains by Sarah Balliet, Indiana's Murder by Death forgoes Hoosier State earnestness for something dark and deep.
In a world full of aspiring singer-songwriters, Slaid Cleaves is the real thing.
Digging into the bedrock of alt-country, from the O'Kanes to Drive-By Truckers, Sons of Fathers come up with some true songwriting gems.
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers aren't interested in becoming the next big buzzed-up thing. They've got too much straight-ahead rock music to play.
The Low Anthem creates sweeping, melodic folk songs with just enough kick and stomp to retain an indie-rock appeal.
Bet against the Band of Heathens at your own risk. The Austin supergroup may have enough songwriting, singing and instrumental chops to fuel a dozen different bands, but cohesion and camaraderie remain its aces in the hole.