Keller Williams has characterized the life of the constant touring musician for more than two decades, persistently evolving and redefining his style, methods and accompaniment while reimagining his own work and others' each step of the way.
The Districts may hail from the small town of Lititz, Pa., but their indie, folk-rock music has an alternative edge that creates a huge, sound, not unlike the Lumineers.
Never underestimate the power of familial bonds, in music as in life. Brothers Aaron, Bryson, Ryan and Landon Baggaley, who perform together as the Los Angeles band Brown Shoe, channel those deep connections into the bold, thundering rock anthem "Lonely Beast," the title track of what will be an ambitious, three-part EP release this year.
The nervous, post-punk energy that powers "Waiting" by Montreal band Ought is only surpassed by the not-so-subtle social critique of its theme. "How long you been waiting?" isn't just directed at a lover. It's directed at all of us.
Never content to repeat themselves, the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, aka Wye Oak, venture into fully-synth (and cello and guitar) powered, fully-danceable dream pop on "The Tower," a track from their forthcoming album "Shriek."
When you decide to take on a cover of Tears for Fears' best-known song, you'd better have a concept, and that concept best not be tongue in cheek. Vancouver band Bear Mountain somehow manages to put its own playful, experimental stamp on "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" while still paying homage to the sing-along catchiness that made the song such a pleasure to begin with.
For his new album "Draws Blood," Cape Breton, Canada songwriter Carleton Stone enlisted Howie Beck (Feist) and Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene) to assist in producing, but the tense, prickly tone of "Climbing up the Walls" is still very much his own.
San Fermin is the name of an internationally-known Spanish festival in which brave, or insane, individuals run through the streets of Pamplona followed by stampeding bulls. San Fermin, however, is also an indie pop band that is stampeding its way to the top.