At the core of The Jayhawks acclaimed alt-country is the paired talent of Gary Louris and Mark Olsen. These guys seem to have it all--impeccable guitar lines, smooth harmonies, and songwriting capabilities that could rival just about any musician (or group of musicians) around.
The music of tUnE-yArDs is certainly experimental, but every sound that Merrill Garbus weaves into her compositions is so deliberately placed, experimental seems too nonchalant a word to classify Garbus's highly inventive, extremely successful Lo-fi, folk-infused, world-music inspired project.
Lisa Hannigan's voice should sound familiar in the best way possible. Her music career took off in 2001 when she began what would be a six-year collaboration with Damien Rice that included singing vocals on most of the tracks from his album "O" and lead on his song "9 Crimes."