SAN FRANCISCOFEATURES: THE DODOS GET BACK TO THE BASICSThe Dodos' Logan Kroeber on trying to create music without external pressures and expectations seeping through, and working with Neko Case on their latest record.
ATLANTAFEATURES: QUICK AND DIRTY: BLACK LIPSAtlanta garage punks go big on their new album with superstar producer Mark Ronson, also make a fan out of Ke$ha.
PORTLANDFEATURES: THE GRAILS: I LED THEE OVERSEASPortland post-rock band Grails finds success in Europe before tackling North America.
AUSTINVIDEO: AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD - SUMMER OF ALL DEAD SOULSThose Trail of Dead boys sure do like to get dressed up all old-timey.
MINNEAPOLISVIDEO: ATMOSPHERE - SHE'S ENOUGHThe most adorable thing featuring both Slug of Atmosphere and Brother Ali that has ever - and probably will ever - exist.
CHICAGOFEATURES: WILCO: ASHES OF AMERICAN FLAGSWilco's concert DVD proves that the alt-country icons are only getting better with age, which is pretty scary.
PORTLANDVIDEO: FORBIDDEN FRIENDS - TINY HANDSThe Thermals' Hutch Harris' first single from his solo project reminds us of a radical leftist version of the dude from Blue's Clues, minus Blue.
HauschkaForeign LandscapesSOUNDS LIKE: Place, space and deeply personal meaning are all expressed in Foreign Landscapes via an orchestral nod to minimalism and the mid-century avant garde.
No JoyGhost BlondeSOUNDS LIKE: Another lo-fi girl-fronted band that's saved by a shoegaze vibe.
Hello BellaEchoes of The AtmosphereSOUNDS LIKE: It may be radio-friendly pop rock but it's very well played radio-friendly pop-rock
BilanAr/AguaSOUNDS LIKE: A wide mixture of influences that adds up to a deeply personal and original debut.
Sasquatch! 2010GeorgeMay 29, 2010An unforgettable three days of music at the Gorge Amphitheatre, including MGMT, Vampire Weekend, The National, LCD Soundsystem and a grumpy Stephen Malkmus.
Gogol Bordello @ The Majestic TheatreLos AngelesMay 20, 2009The world's most successful Gypsy Punk band wowed LA with new material and a few old favourites.
Vivian Girls @ The Middle EastBostonMay 10, 2009Vivian Girls set the crowd swirling in a cacophonic shoegaze haze.