The Suspect: The Rocketboys
The band was formed in West Texas when its members met up while attending Abilene Christian University. Their first studio EP was an immediate success, and a few of the songs were featured on the television shows Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Real World. Paste Magazine featured the band’s latest release, 20,000 Ghosts, in its Artist Discovery Series, and writes, “Ghosts’ rich textures and well-crafted harmonies meld the tracks together into a cohesive, ebbing whole.”
Can Be Found: Lexington Avenue Brewery, Thursday, August 5.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig: Coldplay, Keane, Snowpatrol.
You Should Go If: Creative differences pertaining to your hair caused your last break-up; You've passionately defended Chris Martin's right to name his firstborn after a fruit; You took a personal day to catch up on The Bachelorette; You'll never forget your first Facebook de-friending.
The Suspect: The Crystal Method
They’ve been labeled as America’s answer to the Chemical Brothers, but this dance-based electronic duo out of L.A. have established their own unique identity. Their debut album, Vegas, released in 1997, is now certified platinum, and their single, Keep Hope Alive, has been mixed and remixed dozens of times. Their most recent release, Divided by Night, features collaborations with New Order’s Peter Hook and rapper Matisyahu.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Saturday, August 7.
RIYD: The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim.
You Should Go If: You have actually stayed up past midnight within the last year and have at least two friends who can corroborate; When you dance your hair doesn’t move; You are the self-designated “cool person” among your friends; You'll never forget your first group grope.
The Suspect: Cadillac Sky
Formed in Texas in 2002, this bluegrass band was one of the more “buzzed-about” groups of this year’s Merlefest. After replacing their former guitarist with David Mayfield (brother of Jessica Lea,) the band hired the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to record their new album, Letters In the Deep. Cybergrass calls Cadillac Sky’s live shows “a marvel of emotion and razor-sharp focus,” and Folkwax adds, “…enough rock n’ roll to force their audiences to start dancing in the aisles.”
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Saturday August 7.
RIYD: Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs.
You Should Go If: You enjoy networking with other unemployed people; the Saturday afternoon music on WNCW doesn’t make you want to drive into a tree; Your kayak/mountain bike is worth more than your car; You’ll never forget your first rack from 12 Bones.
The Suspect: Justin Moore
Moore has only released one CD to date, but it contained four singles that made it to the Top 40 of the Hot Country Songs chart, including the #1 hit, Small Town U.S.A. Steve Legggett of Allmusic says Moore has “a ready-made image … a good kid from a small town with a rowdy heart of gold who just happened to be able to sing about it.” He’s been showered with attention from People, the Washington Post and Billboard, and he’s toured with Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr. and Kenny Chesney.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Tuesday August 10.
RIYD: Trace Adkins, Toby Keith.
You Should Go If: Upon entering a room, you immediately search for something suitable to spit into; you’re still mad at the Dixie Chicks; you don’t care who “crafted” it, you’d sooner shoot your dog than pay $10 for a six pack.