Hometown: Detroit, MI Why they matter: This trio is nothing if not one of the hardest working bands in rock'n'roll. Gritty and true to their Motor City roots, the Lessons' snappy garage rock will bowl over both familiar Michiganders and Rothbury randoms. You should know: Brendan Benson and members of Electric Six played on the Lessons' 2009 album, Arms Forest. LISTEN: The Hard Lessons, "The Arms Forest"
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »