Bon Iver –
- Bon Iver (2011) Calgary
- Forthcoming 2nd full legnth. Follow up to one of the best 2008 albums
- tides you over a bit as we await a new full length
- powerful live performer.
- Playing the Murat Theatre Monday July 25th
Donkeys - Don't Know Who We Are - Born With Stripes (2011)
- 3rd full length.
- Super catchy rolling track.
- Makes me think of These United States.
- Download a bunch of this music for free from their site!
Bill Callahan -
! - Apocalypse (2011) America
- 3rd album
- Folk singer/songwriter type
- The voice gets me here more than anything
- Former leader of Smog.
- This album is fantastic!
White Denim - Anvil Everything - D (2011)
- Forthcoming album that is supposed to be heavier rock than their normal schizophrenic psych/folk offerings
- They did an Impromptu album of demos last summer: Download for free right now!
- Played SXSW
- Playing the Rock Lobster in Indy Wednesday, June 29th.
The Mountain Goats – Dance Music - The Sunset Tree (2005)
- 9th album
- How have I not played this track before??? One of my all time favorite songs.
- An explanation of the glory of music.
- Their last, 'All Eternals Deck' , was out in early 2011 and one of the best of the year.
- Led by John Darnielle and his unmistakable passionate and powerful vocals.
Iron and Wine - Naked As We Came - Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)
- 2nd album
- Latest is Kiss Each Other Clean on which he continued to fill out his sound and backing back more and more.
- Formerly known for spare folk arrangements and hushed vocals.
- one of the coolest artists to see live.
- Playing the Vogue Friday, June 10th.
Horse Feathers – Curs In the Weeds – House With No Home (2008)
- 2nd album
- Stripped back sound featuring all strings
- Painfully sad at times
- unmatched in it’s raw emotion… like the earliest Iron & Wine albums
- One of the greatest live shows I've seen.
- Playing Radio Radio Sunday, June 12th
- Brand new LP.
- This is a former best of the U & U top spot holder thanks to their album ‘The Stage Names’
- Lyric-heavy deeply layered building folk rock.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Vocal Chords - It's A Corporate World (2011)
- Forthcoming debut full length.
- Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
- Playing the White Rabbit Cabaret Friday, June 17th
Dark Mean – Acoustic - Music Box EP (2009)
- Debut EP. Download it from their official site now!
- This full length debut has been in the works since 2007 and will be out this year.
- Download this from their official site now!
The Heavenly States -
Wall - Oui Camera Oui (2011) Berlin
- 4th album since 2003
- Love the off-kilter Modest Mouse vibes this band puts out.
Wolf People - Silbury Sands - Steeple (2010)
- Debut release here in the states.
- Trippy feel of 70's hard blues rock
- The record player crackle though out is a perfect fit.
- All-time favorite band to Google
- Jagjaguwar outfit..
Wet Hair - Radiant Lines - Radiant Lines (Single) (2011)
- Big 70's psych rock!
- Retro organ-goodness
Night Beats - Ain't Dumbo - Night Beats (2011)
- Garage and soul coming together nicely.
- Bigger fuzz and fidelity than their previous efforts.
- debut album… insanely good and equally well received
- 2nd full length was just announced.
- Kurt Vile's former band.
Modest Mouse - That'll Be the Day (Buddy Holly cover) - Rave On Buddy Holly (2011)
- Contribution to a loaded album of Buddy Holly covers.
EMA - Milkman - Past Life Martyred Saints (2011)
- Debut full length.
- This is the current from nowhere-to-everywhere band in the indie music world.
- Erika M. Anderson