Wilco leapt from the grave of Uncle Tupelo, the Illinois roots outfit that almost single-handedly wrote the New Testament of alt-country. Like his former Uncle Tupelo partner Jay Farrar, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was smitten with Gram Parsons, Doug Sahm, Roger McGuinn, and other icons of hippie twang. But unlike Farrar, Tweedy had a yen to broaden his music's stylistic reach, and with Wilco, he's incorporated everything from Beach Boys harmonies to kraut rock rhythms to postpunk distortion flares.
The Dave Matthews Band is composed of Matthews, Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moore, Boyd Tinsley, and also Carter Beauford. The group is most commonly known for the unmistakable sound that is a more pop-oriented incarnation of the Grateful Dead crossed with the world beat explorations of Paul Simon and Sting. Dave Matthews developed a strong word-of-mouth following in the early nineties by touring the country constantly, concentrating on college campuses.In addition to amassing a considerable following, their self-released recording, "Remember Two Things", sold well for an independent release, and then shortly thereafter, they were drawing the attention of major labels. Quickly after the debut of their independent recording, The Dave Matthews Band signed with RCA then released their major-label debut, "Under the Table & Dreaming", in the fall of 1994. By spring of 1995, the album had launched the hit single "What Would You Say" and sold over a million copies.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is a punk rock band, with roots in traditional rock, formed while Leo was living in Washington, DC, but now with members based around the northeast of the United States. Leo originally was raised in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Portugal. The Man is an experimental indie rock four-piece centered on frontman John Baldwin Gourley’s abstract musical approach and corresponding upbringing. He was raised in a sort of technological isolation: his log cabin home in the winter wasteland of the fringes of Wasilla, Alaska was powered by a generator and had no telephone. Both of his parents helped completely immerse him in the unique lifestyle that comes with a land of seasonal darkness and perpetual cold with their jobs as dog sled mushers. Gourley’s innate curiosity and individual spirit combined with a fascination with science fiction and experiences of homelessness create a distinctly transcendent sound that is always open to interpretation and change.
Rock For Kids brings free year-round music education to underprivileged and homeless children. Through free music lessons Rock For Kids works to improve the self-esteem and confidence of the students, while introducing them to the joy of music.
Panic! at the Disco is an American rock duo, formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004. Since its conception, the band's line-up has included Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, piano), and Spencer Smith (drums). The band has been described by critics as a variety of genres, most commonly pop punk, alternative rock, and baroque pop.
Life as a musician means continual evolution. Over the course of a career, any band worth paying attention to will pursue a sound, a direction, until it triggers a different idea and they’re chasing some other distant dream. With their sixth album, The King Is Dead, The Decemberists illustrate the power that comes from this kind of creative call-and-response.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its fifteenth year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. With the assistance of three on-board engineers, students learn how to write, perform, record, and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video – all in one day!
Aerosmith was one of the most popular hard rock bands of the '70s, setting the style and sound of hard rock and heavy metal for the next two decades with their raunchy, bluesy swagger. The Boston-based quintet found the middle ground between the menace of the Rolling Stones and the campy, sleazy flamboyance of the New York Dolls, developing a lean, dirty riff-oriented boogie that was loose and swinging and as hard as a diamond.
Korn will forever be linked with their spearheading of the so-called "nu-metal" movement, a more accessible variation of metal that emphasized hooks and melodies over imposingly dense arrangements or screamed, unintelligible vocals. The band formed in the early part of the 1990s in Bakersfield, California, and originally consisted of five members: singer Jonathan Davis, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, drummer David Silveria and guitarist Brian “Head” Welch.
ACIDIC puts on a high-energy, muscular stage show with catchy original songs, compelling vocals, memorable hooks you'll be humming after the show's over, and power riffs that'll make you want to floor it if you're driving! Lead singer Michael Gossard uses a wireless mic, making the band interactive, fun to watch AND be part of! Fans and music critics alike agree that they're one band that simply must be seen live. ACIDIC has been honored by Music Review as one of its "12 Bands To Watch In 2012." They recently were named first-place winners of the 18th Billboard WorldWide Song Contest in the Alternative category, for "Strata Red." They were chosen the Whisky a Go Go's LA Weekly Band-of-the-Month in March 2010.
Born and raised in suburban Chicago, Patrick Stump made a name for himself as the frontman of Fall Out Boy, one of the most successful emo bands during the early 21st century. When the band took a break in 2009, he used the opportunity to launch a solo career, ditching the sound he'd cooked up with his Fall Out Boy bandmates and transforming himself into a sort of pop-punk Justin Timberlake, with R&B, soul, and electronica serving as his new influences.
Soulful, memorable, danceable, earnest and unabashedly pop, the music Michael Angelakos delivers on Passion Pit's debut album, Manners, reveals a complex and challenging 21st century sound and sensibility, baroque and intricate in its construction with exquisitely soaring hooks and melodies coupled with enigmatic lyrics flowing straight from the id.
Adele is not one for being pigeonholed. She has broken through the music industry at a relatively young age, particularly owing it to her distinctive voice. She was born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins on May 5, 1988 in Enfield, North London. She came from a non-musical family but a very supportive one. Adele said that her mother used to set up a stage show for her in their own home with Adele being the performer and her mother's friends being the audience.
MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band based in Brooklyn, New York, founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson, and Will Berman joined the core band in the studio. Formed at Wesleyan University and originally with Cantora Records, they signed with Columbia Records and Red Ink in 2006.
A band as believable as their name puts them out to be, Believe You Me is a group that walks the fine line between pop sensibility and raw, unrelenting melody, creating a sound with enough character that your younger sister will be singing in the shower and enough raw charisma that it will be added to your friend’s weekend playlist. Starting as a side project for fun. it didn't take long for Believe You Me to realize there was more to the band than they had aimed for. An honest band makes no apologies for wearing its heart on its sleeve, Believe You Me unleashes it’s unique brand of pop-punk to audiences worldwide with one objective; to shake the disease ridden corpse of real pop-punk from its grave.
Ever since his rather whisper-voiced debut, Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam) has been influencing and inspiring a sort of indie folk revolution. Along with bands like the Decemberists and the Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine could be considered at the helm of that aesthetic movement.
The two-man duo comprising the Black Keys, singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, were in their early twenties when their debut, The Big Come Up, was issued in 2002. From Akron, OH, they play close-to-the-bone, raw blues-rock, the only instrumentation being Auerbach's guitar, Carney's drums, and the occasional organ. Auerbach had a fine, mature, lived-in blues voice for one so young, and the group's material worked in funk, soul, and rock influences from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and James Brown that avoided undue repetition of the overdone chord progressions and stock riffs common to so many such acts.
Modest Mouse are an indie-rock band based around songwriter Isaac Brock's Pixies-influenced guitar and philosophical lyrics. After a string of critically-acclaimed singles, EPs, and LPs the band broke out with 2004 single "Float On" and LP Good News For People Who Love Bad News. Their name comes from a passage describing "modest, mouse-coloured people" in the Virginia Woolf story The Mark on the Wall.