Natalie Merchant

Still resolutely determined not to be a typical pop star, Natalie Merchant has signed on to tackle fracking, a concern most Americans aren't even aware of and even fewer understand.

Natalie Merchant is not fracking happy

Still resolutely determined not to be a typical pop star, Natalie Merchant has signed on to tackle fracking, a concern most Americans aren't even aware of and even fewer understand.
Catherine and Allison Pierce, known collectively as the New York-based folk band The Pierces, had called it quits a few years back, frustrated with the lack of attention their music was getting in the U.S. It wasn't long before that the break they had been wishing for arrived.

Hard work starts to pay dividends for The Pierces

Catherine and Allison Pierce, known collectively as the New York-based folk band The Pierces, had called it quits a few years back, frustrated with the lack of attention their music was getting in the U.S. It wasn't long before that the break they had been wishing for arrived.
Established singer/songwriter Randy Weeks will mix SXSW performances and a monthly Austin residency with a handful of touring gigs over the coming months.

Randy Weeks @ Lucy's Fried Chicken

Established singer/songwriter Randy Weeks will mix SXSW performances and a monthly Austin residency with a handful of touring gigs over the coming months.

Album: Band of Skulls, "Sweet Sour" (Pias Recordings)

It's not often you can use the phrase "melt your face off" and not be talking about, say, Edward Van Halen or a tragic industrial accident, but England's Band of Skulls present precisely this opportunity.