Atlanta, GA

If the way a band's music sounds played a determining role in their point of origin, O'Brother would come from a city much colder than Atlanta. Perhaps Minneapolis or Anchorage. The five-piece's wintry, brooding aesthetic contains notable strains of Metal, Post Rock and occasionally Emo (the good, early ’90s kind). The band’s material is built on song structures that twist, distortion-driven fireworks, and Tanner Merritt's pained, imprecise vocals dissecting the world around him. Last year's The Death of Day was a winning release and, with time, the young band's output should grow even more powerful.

You'll Dig It If You Dig: A band whose sound wants to analyze a theological/psychological issue while dragging you down into a figurative Hell. (Reyan Ali)