Koala Fires

Cincinnati, Ohio

Koala Fires exploded on the local scene in 2008, earning a Cincinnati Entertainment Awards nod for New Artist of the Year. The band spent the subsequent two years living up to the nomination. Since then, Koala Fires have been pathologically busy, opening for the likes of Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Bad Veins and the Pomegranates, recording their debut album, The Beeping In Our Hearts, breaking in a new rhythm section and playing with infectious abandon and hooks big enough to land a marlin.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Pavement and Weezer, and Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. in a sack race at the Punk company picnic. (Brian Baker)