The Bands

Session 1:

Nicole Atkins is often referred to as “pop-noir” or “anti-folk”, but I just think she has one hell of a voice. You can find the audio to her performance here.

The Spinning Leaves is a folk duo from Philly whose debut album also features contributions from FIFTY other local musicians.

Session 2:

Team B is a Brooklyn supergroup featuring members of Beirut, Antibalas, and Arcade Fire. You can find the audio to their performance here.

The Luyas is a Montreal-based indie rock band featuring members of Belle Orchestre and Arcade Fire.

Session 3:

Person L is the creative brainchild of former lead singer/guitarist of The Starting Line. You can find the audio to their performance here

The Courtesy Tier is pure punk blues! You can find the audio to their performance here (note: they sound NOTHING like this normally).

Session 4:

Brit & The Cavalry is a group of NYU-alumni, led by a girl surprisingly named Brit, playing eclectic pop music.

Matuto means country bumpkin in Portuguese, which helps explain their bluegrass-infused Brazilian music.

Session 5:

Kelli Scarr is the touring vocalist for Moby (who also produced her album), but her solo music has more a soulful alt-country side to it.  You can find the audio to her performance here (note:  SEVEN planes flew over during her performance) and video here.

My My My is a band who I describe as “hipster Elvis Costello synth nerd rock.”

Session 6:

Franz Nicolay is a multi-instrumentalist storyteller whose vivid lyrics suck you into his strange and fascinating imagination. You can find the audio to his performance here.

Lisa Jaeggi can be categorized somewhere between Citizen Cope and Thao.

Session 7:

The Canon Logic’s music is like 60′s harmonic pop (re:  The Beach Boys) meets 2000′s arena indie rock (re: The Killers, The Strokes, and Arcade Fire).

Pearl and the Beard are a trio of singers and multi-instrumentalist who a create a catchy eclectic mix of 1930′s, 1960′s, and twothousandnow.  You can find the audio to their performance here and video here.

Session 8:

Oh Land is Lykke Li meets La Roux.  Quirky yet accessible.  You can find the audio to their performance here.

The Loom are a six-piece band from Brooklyn.  They have a french horn and banjo in the band, so I had get them in my backyard.  You can find the audio to their performance here and video here.

Session 9:

Givers = the epitome of happy music.  You can find the audio to their performance here.  Also, check out their performance video of “Saw You First” here.

Tristan Clopet:  Jeff Buckley…if he was from UK/Toronto/Raleigh/Miami/New York (literally, this is where he grew up).  You can find the audio to his performance here (note:  I sing on one track).

Session 10:

Family Band:  They say people call them “Death Prom” music, but I don’t even know what that means.  I just call it haunting indie folk.  You can find the audio to their performance here.

XVSK:  Two friends of mine that I didn’t know knew each other, ended up starting a band playing beautifully simple yet complex music with “just” cello and drums.  You can find the audio to their performance here.

Session 11:

Teletextile:  Feist meets Jenny Lewis…if they played a harp.  You can find the audio to their performance here.

Minerva Lions:  They definitely listened to The Band, but can tell with even more certainly that they don’t want to sound like a rip off.  You can find the audio to their performance here.

Session 12

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper:  Hipster Janice Joplin.  Smoky and soulful voice with rock sensibility.  You can find the audio to her performance here.

Boy Without God:  Gabe’s voice reminds me a lot of Randy Newman, but the aesthetic to his music sounds more like old Leonard Cohen and Bon Iver.

Session 13

Lucius:  Two girls and three dudes make up this group of color-coordinated indie pop.

Prairie Empire:  Brainchild of Portland via Brooklyn singer-songwriter Brittain Ashford.  Check out their performance of Give and download the whole set here.

Session 14

Ben Sollee:  soulful rootsy cellist.  Check out his performance of Unfinished and download the whole set here.

Session 15

Modern Inventors:  twangy rock from Philly.  You download their set here.

Thieving Irons:  atmospheric rock with a heavy dose of reverb.  You can download their set here.

Session 16

Modern Merchant:  Grizzly Bear meets At Dawn-era My Morning Jacket vibe to them.  Download their whole set here and check out the video for Necessary Evil here.

Elizabeth & The Catapult:  fun yet introspective pop rock.  Download their whole set here.

Sessions 17

The Lawsuits:  Download their whole set here.

Field Mouse:  My Bloody Valentine meets Beach House.  Download their set here.

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