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"
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »