Where's Lawrence?

Bentonville, Arkansas

It’s easy to write down an endless string of influences. It’s a completely different matter to live up to them. A quick peek at Where’s Lawrence?’s MySpace page reveals a grocery list of inspirations — Bruce Springsteen, the Arcade Fire, Johnny Cash, Radiohead, Wolf Parade and Elf Power among them — and, amazingly, it’s not difficult to pick all of them out of the band’s expansive and sophisticated sound. The band’s debut, The Boy in the Well, is an ambitious concept album two years in the making and an impressive start.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Prog Rock in the foothills of the Ozarks, Clap Your Hands Say Y’all, Neutral Milk Roadhouse. (Brian Baker)