First Aid Kit - Blue - The Lion's Roar (2011)
- 2nd full length.
- Swedish folk outfit.
- They also have one EP out and a DayTrotter session well worth your time.
M. Ward – Rave On – Hold Time (2009)
- 6th album and a 2009 Best of the U & U selection.
M. Ward - Magic Trick - Post-War (2006)
- 5th album
- Also in the Monsters of Folk with Jim James and Conor Oberst.
- a 2012 SXSW headliner.
Lucero - Sometimes - Women & Work (2012)
- New album due out in March!
- Ben Nichols, lead singer, has been working on solo stuff since this came out.
- Best bar rock band going!
Craig Finn – Apollo Bay – Clear Heart Full Eyes (2012)
- Opening track on The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn’s solo debut.
- This seems to have a looser feel than most of what you get from the Hold Steady.
Brendan Benson – Bad For Me – What Kind of World (2012)
- 5th solo album
- Co-leader of the Raconteurs with Jack White.
- Polished power pop rock style, though this one’s more of a ballad.
Shearwater – You As You Were - Animal Joy (2012)
- 7th album
- 6th album, Golden Archipelago was out in Feb of 2010
- they pack so much intensity in their songs. No one sounds quite like them.
- Austin band with ties to Okkervil River
- Almost a voice you’d expect at the opera
- Palo Santo is their best album.
- This is the most frantic track I’ve ever heard by them.
- Almost sounds like the band Wilderness here which would normally sound like a ridiculous comparison. Hooray for the evolution and open mindedness of musicians.
Yellow Ostrich - Marathon Runner - Strange Land (2012)
- 2nd full length.
- Debut full length was 'The Mistress' and made the 2011 Best of the U & U.
- Sounds a bit like the Beatles and the White Stripes and even at times Menomena.
St. Vincent - Dilettante - Strange Mercy (2011)
- 2nd full length. Debut was out in 2009, Actor.
- Was a member of Sufjan Steven's backing band along with My Brightest Diamond, arguably two of the biggest breakout female artists of the past couple years.
Tennis - Tears in the Typing Pool (Broadcast cover)
- New album is on it's way.
- Playing an Indy show in Feb.
- Debut was out in very early 2011. 2010 Debut EP made the Best of the U & U.
Zoo Animal - Worker Bee - Zoo Animal (2010)
- 2nd album
- debut out in 2008.
Delta Spirit – When In Roam - I Think I've Found It EP (2012)
- One of two simultaneaously released free EPs. The Waits Room EP is the other.
- New album is out March 13th.
- debut album was 'Ode To Sunshine' and it exploded in 2008.
- I admit to not being totally sold on these guys, but I've come around on them.
- If you get into the Cold War Kids or the Strokes you should like this band.
Heartless Bastards – Late In the Night - Arrow (2012)
- 4th full length. Out on Valentines day 2012.
- Powered by the big voice of lead singer Erika Wennerstrom and some big rock riffs
- Out of Dayton
Eagle Eye Williamson - Black Gold / Comanche Peak - Black Gold (2011)
- Debut album from hard blues rock one man band.
Dirty Three - Rising Below - Toward the Low Sun (2012)
- Instrumental act that includes members of Nick Cave's bad seeds.
Cloud Nothings - No Sentiment - Attack on Memory (2012)
- 2nd album.
- Band led by 20 year old from Cleveland.
- Brooding, building track that starts like a Pixies song then explodes into something like that found on a raucous Nirvana track, or some other early 90's grunge act.