Bon Iver: The Craftsman
Justin Vernon's Wisconsin compound isn't just a totem of his success -- it's a metaphor for everything he believes in and everything he wants to…
Eddie Vedder: The Hobbyist
For some, taking a break from your megaband to make an intimate album of ukulele tunes dreamt up in Hawaii is the definition of success.
Arctic Monkeys: The Graduates
After a historic debut and hype that would have undone lesser bands, Alex Turner and mates' fourth album in five years proves they're only getting…
The Success Issue
At a moment when only an elite few albums go platinum anymore, big festivals are seen as saviors of the concert industry, and more artists…
Black Lips: The Road Warriors
Or,How to Succeed in (the Music) Business Without (Looking Like You're) Really Trying (and While Occasionally Peeing in Your Best Friend's Mouth).
Elbow: The Visiting Dignitaries
In their native England, they're bona fide stars who have been around for two decades. They may never reach those heights here, but they don't…
Patrick Stump: The Gambler
Fall Out Boy's frontman wagers his personal fortune on a new solo project, and he'll sleep on the floor if he has to.
Lil B: The Human Meme
He's provocative, prolific, and boasts a following a cult leader would envy -- no rapper's success is more distinctly 2011 than this guy's.