Every town has their "super-group." In Portland, Oregon, it's the the indie/psychedelic/alt-country quintet Blue Giant, comprised of members of Viva Voce, Decemberists and Swords, along with other local Portland musicians.
It was only a year ago that Phantom Tails played their first concert ever to a standing ovation. Now, they are staples of the Minneapolis music scene. The band features members of other local bands such as Me and My Arrow and the now-defunct Plastic Chord, whose dissolution made Phantom Tails possible.
Indie-rockers Ra Ra Riot formed in early 2006, when they were friends at Syracuse University. After playing several house shows and venues around Syracuse as well as a handful of national festivals, the band released their debut record, "The Rhumb Line," in 2008.
Beginning as a solo act under the name "E" in 1992, Mark Everett formed Eels shortly thereafter, in 1996, with the relase of the band's debut album, "Beautiful Freak." Their songs "Novocaine for the Soul" and "Susan's House" quickly became popular and launched a career that has spanned fourteen years and nine records.
In preparation for his seventh album, due out on October 19th, local folky singer-songwriter Ben Weaver took some time off from being a full-time musician in order to experience life in a different way.
Mark Olson has been a staple of the Twin Cities for over 25 years, first as the founder of local legends The Jayhawks, and secondly as a solo musician, releasing only two albums to date under his own name.