Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, like Blanche DuBois before them, has depended on the kindness of strangers, catching fire on the Internet, rather than through traditional record company marketing, at a time when that just wasn't done.
Based in Boston but with strong ties to the Deep South musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, Amy Black performs Americana roots rock along the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.
From the bush to the bayou, Ray Bonneville carved out his place on stage as an extraordinary storyteller and bluesman.
Cloud Nothings have made a lot of beautiful noise for a band that started out being fake.
Saintseneca offers up dreamy pop sounds with an interesting mix of acoustic instrumentation and electronic sounds that is at once soothing and vibrant.
Anchored by front woman Monica Martin's hushed vocals, PHOX employs banjo and multi-layered acoustic guitars to flesh out its intricate arrangements.
Dave Wakeling was instrumental in bringing the driving sound of ska and reggae to post punk in an otherwise bleak era of big hair, shoulder pads, MTV and Colombian No-Doz.
An adjective that frequently appears in descriptions of the Felice Brothers' music is "ramshackle," usually referring to their mix of classic folk and Americana instrumentation and rock and roll stomps.
The playful and rambunctious Bully kicks out sweet and dirty electric garage pop that shows why they have racked up such an international buzz.