Los Angeles-based alt rock group Rock Kills Kid released a well-received EP in 2001 and then disappeared. Lead singer and songwriter Jeff Tucker tucked himself away in a studio for a few years, wrote over a hundred songs and emerged to record the group's first album, "Are You Nervous?"
You can call his sound soul mixed with reggae with a retro feel, but James Hunter prefers to call his sound timeless. This British crooner is one of the only soul singers to come out Europe in recent years.
The Austin, Texas band Sound Team are D.I.Y. kind of people. They began making their own cassettes to hand out, silk-screening t-shirts themselves and still enjoy shooting videos to accompany their music.
The English indie-rock duo Psapp (pronounced sap) feature Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant. Their collaboration creates a poppy mix of electro-beats and sultry singing. Their 2006 release The Only Thing I Ever Wanted provides a more focused look into their quirky song-writing.