Indianapolis, IN

It’s no small thing that jascha lists its first three major influences as Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, authors who dealt with reality and absurdity in equal measure. Like Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Bright Eyes before them, Indy’s jascha brings a ferocious Indie Rock attitude to the concept of Country and Folk, resulting in a sound that is traditionally reflective and contemporarily vibrant.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The Gin Blossoms if they’d been raised in the Dust Bowl with a love of Woody Guthrie and snuck listens to Elliott Smith. (Brian Baker)