Tom Evanchuck

Tom Evanchuck

If you close your eyes and open your ears and mind while listening to Northeast Ohio singer/songwriter Tom Evanchuck, it would be easy to imagine him being a popular artist during the ’60s Folk revival. Evanchuck’s voice has a ring of authenticity that…

The Odd Trio

The Odd Trio

The Odd Trio is a trio from Athens, GA that blends jazz improvisation, classical composition, rock, and funk into a unique voice. The group consists of Marc Gilley (The Heap) on soprano and tenor saxophones, Todd Mueller (Asheville Symphony) on drums and…

The Aviation Orange

The Aviation Orange

The Aviation Orange cranked out a fantastic set at Below Zero last year for MidPoint, its Wall-of-Pop synth sound filling the space like sharply spiced incense. The Brooklyn quintet clearly has an affinity for ’80s Pop but luckily the members stir in…

Lower Dens

Lower Dens

Together just over a year, Baltimore’s Lower Dens have fashioned a fascinating sound and faithful following. With their debut CD, Twin-Hand Movement, Lower Dens pursue a Dark Wave direction that shimmers with sheets of Shoegaze guitars, roils with Jeff Buckley’s Pop passion and…

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

"A mini epic of bummed-out indie pop, filled with jangling guitars, rapturous string arrangements, horn fanfares, and morosely funny references to infidelity, betrayals, STDs, loneliness, and general disillusionment." —Chicago Magazine

Chicago-based chamber pop collective The Scotland Yard Gospel…

The Sewing Circle

The Sewing Circle

With The Sewing Circle’s bouncy AlternaPop effervesence, slyly obvious-yet-obtuse lyrical content and guy/girl vocal harmonies, it’s easy to think of The New Pornographers. When the trio slows down to an acoustic crawl, it’s easy to think of Neko Case’s solo output. And…

The Tillers

The Tillers

Three years ago, The Tillers coalesced around a hillbilly jam between guitarist Sean Geil and banjoist Mike Oberst, leading to the duo’s first gig within a week. After a few street-corner outings, they decided to add bassist Jason Soudrette. With experiences in the…

The Bears of Blue River

The Bears of Blue River

Through the escaping chill and beauty of their shambling bluegrass music, they seem to be the kinds of people who are mixing and sampling some homemade wares, living by the tastes that can be concocted by the squeezing, waiting, watching…

Shiny and the Spoon

Shiny and the Spoon

Two years ago, Magnolia Mountain guitarist Jordan Neff partnered up with singer/songwriter Amber Nash to become Shiny and the Spoon (ostensibly she’s the former and he’s the latter, although the arrangement seems malleable). In the interim, Nash has boarded the Magnolia…