Ben Lee, Old 97's, Mynabirds and more
Years ago in Harp, I put forth a theory that Ben Lee is the result of a tryst between Ronnie James Dio and Rhea Perlman from Cheers.
On an On, Howard Jones, Cazzette, Aloe Blacc and more
Experimental indie band On an On, from Minneapolis, is touring their newest record, And the Wave Has Two Sides (Roll Call Records). Like a fusion of Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala and something entirely new, ...
Motörhead, Snoop Dogg, Eagles of Death Metal and more
"Good evening. We are Motörhead ... and we play rock & roll," says singer/bassist Lemmy every time the eminent British power trio plays. Then it gets loud.
Epic Rap Battles of History, Pimps of Joytime, Failure and more
Since 2010, Peter "Nice Peter" Shukoff and Lloyd "EpicLLOYD" Ahlquist have been pitting figures from history and pop culture against one another with Epic Rap Battles of History, their immensely popular YouTube channel.
Butcher Babies, Michael McDonald, Tinariwen, 7 Seconds and more
This band is catnip for metal dorks. First, they're fronted by two smokin' hot chicks in tight, and sometimes sheer, clothing—and, in videos, they're decked out in awesomely gory F/X makeup.
Wednesday 13, High on Fire, Walk the Moon and more
Since 1994, horrorpunk icon Wednesday 13 (nee Josh Poole) has put out nearly 30 releases with six different bands. Murderdolls, his band with Slipknot's Joey Jordison, is the one you're likely to know.
PRhyme, Chicano Batman, Grace Potter, Soul Asylum and more
"You Should Know," by the hip-hop duo PRhyme (Royce da 5'9", DJ Premier) featuring DJ/producer Adrian Younge and singer Dwele, takes aim at crappy, mainstream bling rappers.
Father John Misty, Torche, Kyle Gass, Motley Crue, Monophonics and more
He may not enter Pioneer Park via hot-air balloon (as he did at Hall's Island in Minneapolis), but Father John Misty—former drummer of Fleet Foxes, aka Joshua Tillman, J. Tillman, Farmer Jah Misery, or just FJM, for brevity—still puts on quite a show.
Death Cab For Cutie, Adolescents, Eleni Mandell, Faun Fables and more
Death Cab for Cutie frontguy Ben Gibbard recently told Stereogum that if the band's last album, Codes and Keys (2011, Atlantic/Barsuk), turned them off, the new one, Kintsugi, "could win them back."
Brian Wilson, Blitzen Trapper, Indigo Girls, Hawthorne Heights and more
Nearly 50 years ago, the man brought the world Pet Sounds. Co-founder of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson has a new album out this year, No Pier Pressure (three years after the most recent Beach Boys release, That's Why God Made The Radio) ...
Lucia Micarelli, The Family Crest, Night Demon, Dirty River Boys and more
Violinist Lucia Micarelli has played her diverse set of both original music and classical repertoire in jazz clubs and on tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. As far as what to expect when she plays with Funky Meters and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, it could be a gamut of things.
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Shooter Jennings & Waymore's Outlaws and more
If Duffy, or maybe Amy Winehouse, ever fronted an indie folk band—and they had a thing for '50s greaser culture—you'd have Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas.
Other Lives, Shabazz Palaces, Willie Nelson, Death Grips and more
Having started out as an instrumental group, Other Lives (from Stillwater, Okla.), is edging back to that original concept with their third LP, Rituals (TBD Records).
Alex Winston, Brit Floyd, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Surfer Blood and more
Indie-pop songsmith Alex Winston's video for "Careless" opens with her in a swimming pool surrounded by pensive old men. Then, the action moves inside to the rec room of a nursing home for bingo, and then to a quiet corner in the same place for chess.
It would be worth taking the time to brush up on '90s rock before this concert, because Boise band Built to Spill is headlining, with a new album, Untethered Moon. The riff-y rock band is aggressively energetic, and tends to jam for extended periods and play unexpected covers (like "Paper Planes" from MIA and "Slurf Song" from Michael Hurley).