The Lonely Forest

Seatle, Washington

The Lonely Forest has been generating buzz from the moment the quartet coalesced five years ago in Anacortes, Wash., with a sound that suggested Nirvana’s visceral burn tempered with The Fray’s majestic piano Pop and R.E.M.’s cerebral expanse. The band’s third full-length, last year’s I Sing the Body Electric!, was a gem of moody, eclectic, rollickingly serious Indie Rock, and ultimately sparked Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla to start his Trans label and make The Lonely Forest his first signing. Look for the band’s new EP on iTunes, its new album in the near future and its name at the top of the bill shortly after that.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig
: Andy Partridge fronting The Long Winters to induct R.E.M. into the Hall of Fame. (Brian Baker)