1. After a three-year stint as a pianist with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, California native Aaron Embry has struck out on his own with something more bare-bones and acoustic.
Download “Moon of the Daylit Sky” now, courtesy of World Cafe.

    After a three-year stint as a pianist with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, California native Aaron Embry has struck out on his own with something more bare-bones and acoustic.

    Download “Moon of the Daylit Sky” now, courtesy of World Cafe.

  2. Guitarist Jonny Ollsin (formerly of S.T.R.E.E.T.S.) and singer Kim Krans met in the Catskill Mountains in New York, where they continue to write and record in a hand-built log cabin. Together, they lead the Brooklyn ambient rock group Family Band, which sounds like anything but mountain music.
Download “Night Song,” courtesy of World Cafe.

    Guitarist Jonny Ollsin (formerly of S.T.R.E.E.T.S.) and singer Kim Krans met in the Catskill Mountains in New York, where they continue to write and record in a hand-built log cabin. Together, they lead the Brooklyn ambient rock group Family Band, which sounds like anything but mountain music.

    Download “Night Song,” courtesy of World Cafe.

  3. Download “Throw It Out” by Megan Reilly, a singer-songwriter who takes country and pop music back to its roots.

    Download “Throw It Out” by Megan Reilly, a singer-songwriter who takes country and pop music back to its roots.

  4. Self-described as “hot, raucous, retro swing for two,” Two Man Gentlemen Band lives up to its claim. But, as the name suggests, there’s a subtle ridiculousness to the group’s sound. You can download “Pork Chops” here, a song which claims, “My girl tastes like pork chops when I kiss her / I wonder what she had for dinner.” Yum?

  5. Download “Loveless” by Said the Whale, which glides between toe-tapping pop and beautiful crooning. Learn more about the Canadian band from our Next series