Minneapolis band Night Moves' catchy combination of MGMT-like vocals, country strains, and electronic production have made them an up-and-coming local favorite. Featuring members of Mouthful of Bees, Food Pyramid, and Battle Royal, Night Moves have been named a "newish" band to keep an eye on by a few local publications.
British rapper turned crooner is crossing seas with success. Ben Drew also known as Plan B emerged onto the London scene back in 2006 with his debut album "Who Needs Actions When You Got Words" that offered raps and rhymes that were comparable to his mate Mike Skinner of The Streets. Greatly influenced by his love for Motown and an avid appreciation for rap, it is no surprise his U.K released 2010 concept album "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" went straight to number one on the U.K. album charts.
In 1992 Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn were nothing but two buddies bonded over a love of baseball. Fast forward almost twenty years with the addition of drummer Linda Pitmon and R.E.M's Peter Buck and this supergroup is now known for their original songs about America's favorite pastime in an alternative rock and roots fashion.
Brothers Chris and Curt Kirkwood formed Meat Puppets nearly 30 years ago. They were "grunge" before it was a genre and "alternative" before it was a format. They were a major influence on Kurt Cobain and Nirvana's music. They've been through the ringer with record labels, touring and drugs, yet somehow they're still around to release Lolipop, their 13th studio album.
Though Chris Perricelli originally hails from Massachusetts, it wasn't until he moved to Chicago that he formed his current band Little Man. After the band moved to the Twin Cities next and built a reputation by constantly touring and gigging around town, City Pages named them the Best Rock Band of 2007.
Formed in Austin, Texas in 2007 the retro-blues soul band Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears began after lead-singer Joe Lewis picked up a guitar at a pawn shop. Heavily influenced by James Brown and Howlin' Wolf, Lewis played around town before getting the attention of locals Spoon and Okkervil River.
English electronic, post-dubstep producer and singer/songwriter James Blake has only been making music for a short time - less than two years, but he's already making waves in electronic music. With a goal of trying to create new sounds, he accomplishes that his background in piano and harmonics.
A former member of dearly departed local band The Glad Version, Adam Svec has been warmly received since he debuted as a solo artist in 2008. Svec is a prolific songwriter, having come out with three albums in as many years.
Like many acts these days, the Brian Just Band got their start by accident. Brian and his bandmate Josie invited their friend Rick to play trumpet on their couples' duet, but when he sang the horn part instead, the resulting harmonies inspired them to start a band together.