Lazerbeak has been in the local music scene for years, first playing with the band The Plastic Consetllations, who went on to get signed by French Kiss Records. P.O.S, an old high school friend, heard his work and encouraged him to start making beats. From there he started creating beats for the popular Minneapolis group Doomtree.
Of Montreal has been around for nearly 15 years, first creating material within the influential Elephant Six collective, which produced some of the brightest indie bands of the 90s, including The Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel.
Villagers' debut album "Becoming A Jackal" has been named the greatest Irish album since U2's debut "Boy" back in 1980. That's a hefty title to live up to, but frontman Conor J. O'Brien does it admirably.
Most of us have grown up with Hot Hot Heat to an extent. Formed in 1999, the band had their breakthrough a little while later, with the release of their 2002 album "Make Up The Breakdown." That year, you were hard pressed to not hear "Bandages" when flipping the radio dial, and it was a welcome song to hit any ear.
After being introduced in 2005 by Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice started playing each other's music, which sparked their current relationship. Five years later, they have written a pop-folk album together under the name Jenny and Johnny.