With their slackerfied-Blondie sounds, California trio Best Coast have a lot of potential as an up and coming band to get big on their first time around.
Dawes' formal debut, "North Hills," echoes the Laurel Canyon sound of yore. Think Neil Young, CSNY, The Band and yup, we're going for it, "early" Eagles. Gorgeous harmonies, gorgeous guitar lines and they bring it live.
Of the most interesting bands ever from the label that gave us such great bands The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire. Now just releasing their first album in 9 years, Superchunk came from the late 80s, back in a time when there really was no such thing as Indie music in the US. There was just a bubbling cauldron called "Underground" that contained everything from local college radio, various stuff from UK (Rough Trade) and whatever 7-inches showed up in xeroxed catalogues. It was more of a wild-west, and ironically for the heavily-distorted Superchunk, they had a big handing in curating/shaping the more mannerly, melodic face that the indie label has ended up with.
Staticky beats, glowing synthesizers from this sad-voiced South Carolina laptopper.
Atlanta-bred Deerhunter plays throbbing, druggy, sometimes experimental rock and has toured with bands like Dan Deacon and Lightning Bolt; their live show is said to be frenetic.
Author of numerous musical paeans to boston, Jonathan Richman's lyrics are sweet, sad, funny, and readily comprehensible; his melodies are witty and pretty; his live show is intimate. here's a video of Richman performing crowd favorite "I Was Dancing At A Lesbian Bar" on Conan.
8 women playing earthy, jingly african/carribbean rythyms. nice vibes, looks like a night you'd walk away from feeling pretty good. Winners of 2 Boston Music Award this year: Best World Act & Best International Music Act