I wanted to highlight a few bands I have run acriss this year that you may not have heard of but are woth checking out:
Angus and Julia Stone A Book Like this - This brother and sister duo make emotional story songs with haunting mid-tempo melodies. They are starting to get some notice with this North American Debut.
No Show Ponies The End of Feel Good Music - Americana influenced Pop with intelligent lyrics. The album by this Austin based band was produced by Kevin Russell of The Gourds. It also features John Dee Graham. The album won't release until Fall but it should hit with a bang.
Poerterdavis - Another Austin group that was just awarded best Roots Rock Band at the Austin Music Awards. They are working on a yet un-named album wiht Gurf Morlix. Enough said. Look for it this Fall.
Bosque Brown Baby - Haunting modern folk sung in way that mixes in influences of traditional church music. Chritian overtones reflect the Baptist upbringing of Mara Lee Miller. The music is mesmerizing. It is both forboding and beautiful.