What started out as a Edward Droste's post-relationship home-recording session has turned into the multi-instrumental band Grizzly Bear. They like to approach all of the songs as stories, from prologue to completion.
Yo La Tengo have been performing for more than 20 years. While they haven't achieved the popular acclaim of their contemporaries the Flaming Lips, they get a lot of credit for outlasting pretty much everyone else.
Ben Kweller is an old hat when it comes to performing and hard work. He started out in his early teens with the band Radish, and while his first group had some minor successes, he has found much greater recognition for his solo work.
Joseph Arthur usually goes it alone. On stage, he used to perform looping to fill out his sound onstage; you could think of him as more of a one-man band than a solo singer-songwriter. But this tour, he's changed everything.
Indie-rock band Mew has paid their dues to become one of the more successful "surreal" bands from Denmark. They've gone from sleeping in bunk beds in London to save money to winning "Album of the Year" and "Band of the Year" and the 2003 Danish Music Critics Award Show.
Takka Takka doesn't have a major label record deal. They aren't even on an indie label. The Brooklyn quartet are distributing their low-fi, indie-rock themselves and hope that word-of-mouth will bring them an audience.