Sometimes the side project eclipses the parent band; such is the case with Casey Crescenzo’s The Dear Hunter. Crescenzo formed The Dear Hunter in 2005 when he began
writing Alternative/Progressive Rock songs that didn’t fit the
Post-Hardcore mold of his primary outfit, The Receiving End of Sirens.
Born in Lake Charles, La., Lucinda Williams has the keen
ability to craft Southern tinged Country songs that attract both AltRock
and Country fans. In her
30-year career she’s become known as a deft lyricist, which is
appropriate because her father, Miller Williams, was a well-known poet.
Most recently, in 2011, she released the album Blessed, which reflected upon her growth as a musician.
In 2010, Natalie Merchant made a lovely two-disc album called Leave Your Sleep,
inspired by the way raising her young daughter had given Merchant
insight into the mysteries and complexities — the sweetness and the
anxieties — of childhood. She wrote songs adapted from the words of 19th
and 20th Century British and American poets whose children-related
verse struck her as powerful.
When it comes to Alt/Indie
Rock, new bands appear on the radar almost daily. What has kept Young
the Giant on the tips of everyone’s tongues is its ability to be more.
The band channels its California home with a sound that is summery and
playful, while its anthemic guitar sounds and danceable beats have a
strange tendency to make you long for the beach. In a word: fun.