Spotlight

  • Jesse Lafser

    St. Louis folk artist Jesse Lafser has finally sailed out the other side of the storm, a little wet and tired, but a stronger sailor, and better musician, for her journey.

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  • Chelsea Lankes

    Dream-pop singer-songwriter Chelsea Lankes has relocated to Nashville and is working to make a place for herself in Music City's sea of Americana, country and folk.

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  • The Whigs

    Georgia rockers The Whigs have always stood outside the prevailing trends in popular music and have set their own course without caving to the demands of the market.

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  • The Deep Dark Woods

    This five-piece Canadian folk band has mastered capturing the plight of ordinary people with extraordinary pains through their music.

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  • Fruit Bats

    After a decade of playing and five album albums, Fruit Bats creator Eric Johnson has met his modest goals, and the focus has finally been turned to what counts: his music.

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  • Star Anna

    After wandering her way into a music career, Seattle singer/songwriter has honed her skills, learned from the best, and is here to stay.

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  • Americana Music Awards 2012 Recap

    A recap of the performances and awards at the 2012 Americana Music Awards

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  • Dylan LeBlanc

    Shreveport, La. native, Dylan LeBlanc, has been refining his style of alt-folk since he was 15, and his second album, "Cast the Same Shadow," shows it.

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  • Eilen Jewell

    With a kaleidoscope of career locales and a repertoire of rockabilly, country, jazz and blues, Eilen Jewell's music is guaranteed to take you somewhere interesting

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  • Wick-it the Instigator

    From Quentin Tarantino-themed albums to shout outs from the Black Keys and Big Boi, hip hop and electronic DJ Wick-it the Instigator has taken his expertise and taste to build the following he deserves.

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  • Sleeper Agent

    These young Kentucky rockers met in their small hometown before Sleeper Agent came to existence, but today, they still haven't forgotten their roots.

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  • The Dø

    Unusual doesn't even begin to describe what half Finnish, half French post-pop duo, The Dø, brings to audiences with their genius music and quirky live shows

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  • Turbo Fruits

    Turbo Fruits lead singer Jonas Stein talks about improved songwriting, wacky tobacky and their new album, "Butter."

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  • Anna Ternheim

    Anna Ternheim's darker aesthetic and galloping, country-tinged folks songs give listeners an alternative to what we have come to expect from acoustic-guitar-wielding women.

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  • Nerves Junior

    The Louisville-based experimental electro-pop band surprised their fans with a brand new lineup, which they debuted at Forecastle Fest 2012.

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  • Little Barrie

    The Nottingham trio is "King of the Waves" in Japan, but they are now embarking on a U.S. tour to bring their guitar-driven Brit-rock overseas.

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  • Among Savages

    Among Savages harnesses the power of music through human stories, creating songs that tell of life and growing up with (and through) music.

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  • Milo Greene

    Milo Greene is more than your average indie act, featuring five sonically-minded songwriters and multi-instrumentalists with a beautiful balance to the band that stands out.

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  • Wild Cub

    Inspired by the idea of people's own experience, Wild Cub has embarked on a journey into the limitless music world, wielding rhythm and volume and physicality.

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  • Jesca Hoop

    Multi-faceted and fascinating, Jesca Hoop's travels, dreams, spirituality and value of nature set her and her music apart, while putting the rest of us to shame.

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  • Missy Higgins

    Australian folk-pop singer-songwriter Missy Higgins tells the story behind the start of her music career and her stumbles along the way.

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  • Strand of Oaks

    Plaintive folk-rock artist Tim Showalter's no-nonsense attitude translates well in his career, but his fantasy-driven lyrics distinguish his music

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  • Floating Action

    Floating Action's Seth Kauffman discusses the influence of the great outdoors on his music in preparation for a new album release.

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  • Lawrence Arabia

    With a new look and a recently released album, Lawrence Arabia is ready to conquer the world (literally) with his smart, classic pop.

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  • Michael Kiwanuka

    Although unassuming and soft-spoken, Michael Kiwanuka plays powerfully moving blues-folk, always trusting himself and trusting music.

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  • Bear In Heaven

    The Brooklyn trio critiques music hype while standing behind their ambitions and psychedelic influences with tongues in cheek.

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  • Tanlines

    Tanlines makes music without imitation, influence, or ownership, (although it's easier to just say they remind us of Tears For Fears).

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  • Zion I

    MC Zumbi of west coast hip-hop crew Zion I talks tai chi, freestyling and spirituality.

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  • Gold Motel

    For Gold Motel, living in Actual Band Land isn't the reward -- it's the influence on their fans.

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  • Cheyenne Marie Mize

    Simple music to think about your life to is this Louisville singer-songwriter's speciality, along with beer drinking and Jacuzzi hopping.

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  • Electric Guest

    Their Motown-infused electro soul-pop makes it hard for listeners to stay cool, but between composing for SNL, touring and Lonely Island hijinks, Electric Guest doesn't have too much trouble.

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  • Saint Saviour

    Q&A with Saint Saviour, the British pop singer-songwriter who overshadows her contemporaries with her theatrics, fascination with history and her soaring soprano.

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  • The Toadies

    After the infamous "Possum Kingdom" and 12 years of avoiding the mid '90s abyss, these venerable Texas rockers are finished playing possum.

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  • The Features

    After a decade of difficulties and near misses, The Features have seemingly reached success with a little help from their devoted fans, and the X-Men.

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  • Kate Miller-Heidke

    From opera to pop, this classically trained and socially aware Australian singer-songwriter is known for her substance and quirky sound.

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  • The Henry Clay People, Pt. 2

    The second part of a late-night Q&A with Joey Siara from Henry Clay People about indie rock, the music industry, and not giving a fuck.

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  • The Henry Clay People, Pt. 1

    A late-night Q&A over coffee and eggs with Joey Siara from Henry Clay People about shitty indie rock, the music industry, and not giving a fuck.

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  • Kitten

    The glitter-in-the-gutter-glorified-white-trash lifestyle carries these teens across dark dance club stages, three decades after their lo-fi '80s predecessors.

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  • Peaking Lights

    Keyboard-infused lullabies and psychedelic rock translate mystical inspiration, marriage and parenting for dub-pop duo Peaking Lights

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  • Bright Light Bright Light

    Electronic, mainstream pop, Euro dance and house are just a few of the beats that BLBL pumps as leader of a new generation of alternative and queer performers.

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  • The Lonely Forest

    From a small island town in the northwest, The Lonely Forest embrace and strive for simplicity in nature, life, and their music.

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  • Forecastle Recap

    A list of DOs and DON'Ts from Forecastle Fest 2012 in Louisville, KY

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  • Forecastle Fest 2012: A Colorful Preview

    Colorful preview of Forecastle Fest 2012 in Louisville, KY

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  • Carolina Story

    Carolina Story’s album, "Home," evokes memories of simpler times and completes the long journey to vinyl

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  • Andy Davis

    From touring with Colbie Caillat to raising $41,000 on Kickstarter, Andy Davis is on a roll.

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  • Empires

    Their do-it-yourself mentality goes above and beyond the call of duty for this tight-knit, Chicago-based rock group.

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  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

    Grace Potter talks about her on-stage demeanor and world domination in her second interview with Brite.

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  • Big Freedia

    For The Queen Diva of Bounce, everyone has a booty, and everyone shakes it when a Big Freedia tune drops.

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  • Hank and Cupcakes

    From Tel Aviv to Cuba to Brooklyn, dance duo Hank and Cupcakes put their worldly background to great use with energetic dance pop.

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  • Sydney Wayser

    French-American songstress Sydney Wayser transports listeners to a land called Bell Choir Coast -- her fictional escape from a gloomy New York winter.

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  • LIGHTS

    Standing right in between electronic music and fantasy media is LIGHTS, Comic-Con darling and Canadian synth-pop songstress, Valerie Poxleitner.

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  • These United States

    The Great American Songbook, postmodernist literature, and acrostic poetry line the musical path for These United States.

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  • Brendan Benson

    Brendan Benson discusses his career beyond being co-founder of The Raconteurs, from raising a family to starting his own record label.

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  • Brandi Carlile

    Brandi Carlile shares the story behind her newest album, "Bear Creek," as well as her experience with a major label.

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  • Icarus Himself

    An interview with Icarus Himself on their brand new music video, "Anywhere You Go"

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  • American Tomahawk

    Fresh off of tours opening for Fitz & The Tantrums and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Adam Halferty of American Tomahawk reflects on musically sharing his personal journey through the lens of tough-minded sensibility.

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  • Canon Blue

    Daniel James enjoys a good story, and tells a good story through the compelling narrative themes of Canon Blue's music.

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  • MyNameIsJohnMichael

    John Michael Rouchell may miss New Orleans, but his home away from home is on the road.

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  • Bonnaroo, 2012 Recap

    For a fan or an artist, Bonnaroo is about forgetting the problems, and focusing on the music.

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  • A Silent Film

    From their start playing in dilapidated cinemas, A Silent Film has continued their creative exploration all the way to the main stage.

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  • Horse Feathers

    Frustrated with late-century rock, Horse Feathers uses simple and subtle folk to tell a story.

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  • Dry the River

    Dry the River challenges their audience with music, as well as the preconceived notions their listeners have.

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  • CALLmeKAT

    An embrace of 80's era keyboards and the music-making process make CALLmeKAT stand out from her peers.

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  • Plants and Animals

    This is "not the end" for Montreal indie-rockers Plants and Animals.

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  • Nikki Lane

    High Class Hillbilly owner and alt-country artist Nikki Lane learns from her mistakes with a rock attitude and a country bent.

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  • Sucre

    For Sucre, belief in yourself lifts you; belief in your bandmates launches everyone higher.

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  • The Lumineers

    The Lumineers are a result of actively pursuing the unorthodox path.

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  • PHILTHY

    Reserve the right to get down and dirty with Philthy's soulful R&B

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  • Marc Scibilia

    Simplicity and a natural order to things keep Marc Scibilia's career on track.

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  • Pearl And The Beard

    The songwriting process compared to a DTR, from Pearl And The Beard's point of view

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  • Reptar

    Reptar talks "Rugrats" influences, "Body Faucet," and MS-DOS websites in this short interview

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  • POLIÇA

    The pace of their asent to stardom is rapid for Minneapolis-based band, POLIÇA.

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  • Oberhofer

    An interview with Oberhofer on touring, and the passion behind their music

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  • Jessica Campbell

    An interview with singer/songwriter Jessica Campbell, on her identity as an artist and her musical background

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  • Young Hines

    Insight into the Brendan Benson-produced sweet sounds of Young Hines

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  • Butterfly Boucher

    An interview with Australian pop-rocker Butterfly Boucher on her new album

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  • Evan P. Donohue

    An in-depth interview with Evan P. Donohue, who puts his geek-chic into rock'n roll.

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  • Popcult

    An interview with pop-culture re-definers, Popcult

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  • Kate Tucker

    An interview with seasoned traveler and songwriter, Kate Tucker

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  • Levon Helm: 1940-2012

    A tribute to the legendary Levon Helm

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  • Andrew Combs

    Transplanted from his southern roots in Texas to Tennessee, Andrew Combs sheds light on his country background and influences

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  • The Electric Hearts

    An in-depth interview with blues-rock band, The Electric Hearts

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  • The Boxer Rebellion

    An interview with UK-based indie rockers, The Boxer Rebellion

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  • VITEK

    Blending a variety of influences, genres and perspectives to create a "Kaleidoscope" of sound

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  • Sun Hotel

    Ever resilient and channeling their New Orleans roots to make "real music" about "real stuff"

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  • Big Easy Express

    Emmet Malloy's film documenting the Railroad Revival tour of Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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  • Colour Revolt

    With their growing pains in the past, Colour Revolt is truly independent, free to only do what inspires them

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  • Abigail Washburn & Kai Welch

    Tales of sharing the stage and sharing the same perspective

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  • Delta Spirit

    Making modern rock that hints at a better future

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  • The Vespers

    Leaving behind the "fun little folk band" mentality for a bigger sound, and a larger audience

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  • Real Estate

    Heavily featured on the soundtrack of 2012

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  • Gabe Dixon & Co. at Tin Pan South

    Friday night's memorable Tin Pan South performances at The Rutledge and The Listening Room

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  • Daniel Ellsworth & Co. at Tin Pan South

    Tin Pan South's Wednesday night showcase at the Commodore Grille

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  • Joe Moralez

    Linking dreams and imagination to reality

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  • White Lies

    Heavily featured on the soundtrack of 2012

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  • Tin Pan South

    Music City's annual music festival for singer/songwriters

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  • LEAGUES

    Fearlessly opting for challenging new terrain--in their lives, as well as their music

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  • Buffalo Clover

    After an IMA nomination and SXSW, it's not over for Buffalo Clover

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  • Youth Lagoon

    From simple conversations to heartrendingly disparate holiday experiences, Powers records his life and his thoughts.

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  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra

    Featured heavily on the soundtrack of 2012

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  • Mumford & Sons' Secret Show

    Showing their deep-rooted ties to Music City through a secret show

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  • Jillian Edwards

    Winning over audiences with her sophomore release

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  • The Kooks

    With a sound that is similar to The Kinks, The Police, The Libertines, and a less-severe Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks have an impeccable blend of 60’s and 90’s Brit-pop with a modern spin.

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  • Neon Indian

    Since Alan Palomo coined the name Neon Indian in 2009, the journey into the present and future only seem to be getting brighter.

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  • Panda Bear

    Heavily featured on the soundtrack of 2012, Panda Bear provides fans with a buffet-style offering of his many talents and flavors.

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  • Cults

    Formed in 2010 by members Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, Cults was merely intended to be music made for their friends.

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  • For King & Country

    New album, "Crave," shares the message of having the courage to search for hope in the middle of everything.

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  • Matt Nathanson

    Heavily featured on the soundtrack of 2012.

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  • The Mount Rushmores

    After a successful debut EP, The Mount Rushmores are preparing to make a mark with their first, full length album.

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  • Lana Del Rey

    For indie music fans, entertainment blog addicts, and speculating lovers of gossip, Lana Del Rey has been satisfying their needs since June of last year.

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  • The Rouge

    With a new album hot off the presses, The Rouge have nestled in to Nashville's music scene and made themselves comfortable.

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  • Humming House

    A “nod” to many genres is how Humming House’s Justin Wade Tam describes the music he and his band are making.

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  • Sleeping At Last

    The confident Ryan O’Neal is much more successful than the timid one.

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  • Mountain Man

    Though currently serving as members of Feist’s backup band, Mountain Man is finding their own voice.

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  • Shinobi Ninja

    These musicians may not engage in covert affairs, but they stealthily employ their party-rock powers to advance their cause.

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  • The Honeymoon Thrillers

    From yacht-rock to surf-laden pop to British post-punk, The Honeymoon Thrillers pack a punch.

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  • Fitz and The Tantrums

    Brite featured some amazing artists in 2011 and this was one of our favorites. Just <i>try</i> to resist the danceable, retro beats of Fitz and The Tantrums.

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  • Blake Shelton

    Brite featured some amazing artists in 2011 and this was one of our favorites. This pragmatic country boy has been steadily building his name in Nashville since he was 17.

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  • Lori McKenna

    Brite featured some amazing artists in 2011 and this was one of our favorites. Lori McKenna thinks a great songwriter should tell the truth, (even when your parents are listening).

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  • Landon Pigg

    Brite featured some great artists in 2011, and we'd like to revisit some of our favorites. Now a commercial-covering celebrity crooner, Landon Pigg’s career began with jingles for Sea World and McDonald’s.

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  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

    Brite featured some great artists in 2011, and we'd like to revisit some of our favorites. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals have been seducing audiences with their energy-infused throwback sound.

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  • Freelance Whales

    Brite Revolution featured some amazing artists in our Spotlight section in 2011, so we would like to revisit some of our favorites as a retrospective. Read about Freelance Whales and dream journaling, the origin of their name and falling in love with ghosts.

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  • The Apache Relay

    Brite Revolution featured some amazing artists in our Spotlight section in 2011, so we would like to revisit some of our favorites as a retrospective. In their first year at Bonnaroo, The Apache Relay hit the ground running.

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  • The Daylights

    Brite Revolution featured some amazing artists in our Spotlight section in 2011, so we would like to revisit some of our favorites as a retrospective. Backstage at La Zona Rosa in Austin, The Daylights crack jokes and talk about the organic beginnings of their LA-based band.

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  • Ellie Goulding

    Brite Revolution featured some amazing artists in our Spotlight section in 2011, so we would like to revisit some of our favorites as a retrospective. Ellie Goulding offers thoughts on her upbringing, her looming phobias, and her folktronica sound.

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  • Brandi Carlile

    Brite Revolution featured some amazing artists in our Spotlight section in 2011, so we would like to revisit some of our favorites as a retrospective, starting with folk-rock singer, Brandi Carlile. Whether fronting a symphony or meeting her fans after a show, Carlile's heart is as expansive as her commanding voice.

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  • Year In Review

    Between Amy Winehouse's untimely death and Bieber's baby rumors, it's been a whirlwind year in the music bizz. Here are 20 stories that rocked our world.

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  • Hot Chelle Rae

    The sons of some of this city’s most legendary talent, Hot Chelle Rae are Nashville’s new generation of musicians.

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  • Sugar + The Hi-Lows

    Singer-songwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup give sweet soul in their new group

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  • Deas Vail

    On their fifth full-length, indie rockers hit their sonic bullseye

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  • Jack and White

    The paths of two artists converged to form an accidental duo

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  • Rachel Yamagata

    Singer-songwriter teamed up with PledgeMusic and fans to complete her newest album 'Chesapeake'

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  • Neulore

    The flames of a serene bonfire sparked the beginnings of this band’s musical journey

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  • Garrison Starr

    Singer-songwriter breathes new life into past gems on 'Relive'

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  • The Avett Brothers

    Avett Brothers strive to write songs that evoke a feeling of connection

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  • Gavin DeGraw

    Singer-songwriter climbs the charts with mega-hits and his success doesn’t stop there.

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  • Humming House

    A vintage-inspired, genre-bending fete de musique

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  • Switchfoot

    On their new album, Vice Verses

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  • Ryan Tedder

    On songwriting, rock radio and the death of the arena band

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  • The Collective

    Representing Nashville on NBC’s hit show “The Sing-Off”

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  • NeedToBreathe

    Currently touring with Taylor Swift, NeedToBreathe are constantly reinventing themselves

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  • David Gray

    Fresh off the second leg of his Lost & Found tour and ready for more

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  • The Pretty Reckless

    Former "Gossip Girl" Taylor Momsen is a rocking femme fatale

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  • Ellie Goulding

    On her upbringing, her looming phobias and her folktronica sound

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  • Tyler Ward

    This YouTube phenomenon is garnering millions of hits with each new video

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  • Mat Kearney

    His newest release, Young Love, is a compelling piece of candid, non-fiction pop

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  • Leagues

    Like dusty pioneers, Leagues are forging into new artistic territory

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  • Fitz and The Tantrums

    Try to resist their danceable, retro beat

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  • Burlap to Cashmere

    After a 10-year hiatus, this Mediterranean folk band emerges with a highly anticipated record enriched by their years away.

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  • Brandi Carlile

    Brite Revolution featured some amazing artists in our Spotlight section in 2011, so we would like to revisit some of our favorites as a retrospective, starting with folk-rock singer, Brandi Carlile. Whether fronting a symphony or meeting her fans after a show, Carlile's heart is as expansive as her commanding voice.

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  • James Vincent McMorrow

    Steeped in literature, this folk artist recorded his album in the solitude of a house by the sea

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  • Joss Stone

    Liberated from a label deal and now at the helm of her own free-spirited career, Joss Stone brings her unleashed soul to her latest project, LP1

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  • Alegría: A Musical Feat

    Cirque du Soleil is known for human strength, agility and grace, but you may not know about the phenomenal live musicians supporting this act

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  • The Apache Relay

    In their first year at Bonnaroo, these guys absolutely hit the ground running

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  • Kopecky Family Band

    Reveling in their first Bonnaroo experience, this "family" has musical genius in their DNA

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  • Freelance Whales

    On dream journaling, the origin of their name and falling in love with ghosts

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  • John "JoJo" Hermann

    We dodged the heat with Widespread Panic keyboardist Jojo Hermann to talk about the band that has been with Bonnaroo since day one

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  • Lori McKenna

    Lori McKenna thinks a great songwriter should tell the truth (even when your parents are listening)

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  • Elenowen

    Fresh off NBC's hit show The Voice, this folksy duo is in the throws of launching a beautiful career

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  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

    Seducing audiences with their energy-infused throwback sound

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  • The Tunics

    Sizzling just under the radar, this budding British band is not about to be boxed in.

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  • Darius Rucker

    Darius Rucker forged his career from bluesy rock and is now succeeding anew in the country realm, but he says his voice and style have never really changed.

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  • The Ready Set

    Jordan Witzigreuter headlined the Glamour Kills Tour, is on the Vans Warped Tour and saw the digital release of his song “Love Like Woe” go platinum. And he just turned 21.

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  • The Daylights

    Backstage at La Zona Rosa in Austin, The Daylights crack jokes and talk about the organic beginnings of their LA-based band.

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  • Blake Shelton

    Awarded Male Vocalist of the Year at this year’s CMAs, this pragmatic country boy has been steadily building his name in Nashville since he was 17.

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  • American Bang

    Jaren Johnston and Neil Mason of American Bang give the dirt the origin of their name, their rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, Nashville … and Lady Gaga.

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  • Landon Pigg

    Now a commercial-covering celebrity crooner, Landon Pigg’s career began with jingles for Sea World and McDonald’s.

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