The Wet Darlings

Columbus, Ohio

In the space of two short years, Jennifer Lute went from singing and playing piano in a smalltown Ohio church — an experience so insular that she’d never heard The Beatles — to fronting The Wet Darlings, claiming influences like Jeff Buckley, Fiona Apple, Radiohead, single malt scotch and, yes, those Beatles. The Darlings just released their debut EP, X, to enthusiastic reviews and heavy rotation for its timely track “Vampires.” Further proof that it’s so good when church girls go bad.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Karin Bergquist fronts Queen as the houseband for the Radiohead luau. (Brian Baker)