"It's long overdue," Megafaun's Brad Cook croons in "Get Right," adding, "I thought it would die but it grew." That line could very well describe the history of this North Carolina experimental rock band. The trio, whose members once worked with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, has undergone significant personnel changes since forming in 2006. But with its excellent self-titled third record, Megafaun has finally come into its own.
The Soul Rebels could not be more aptly named. Formed in the '90s, the band originated within the New Orleans brass-band scene. Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss gathered jazz musicians from around New Orleans to create a sound based in soul and specific performance styles, but with the capacity to evolve. The result rebels against the rules of soul while paying homage to the genre.
Katie Herzig was born and raised in Colorado. While attending CU in 1997, she and three friends formed the band Newcomers Home which quickly took the state and country by storm. After five albums and nine years of national touring, the band dispersed, each pursuing a solo career.