Sounds like: Synth folk — they sound as if Ani Difranco and Alanis Morissette had a riot grrrl child that made spacey synthesizer sounds.
Fun fact: Synth player Boo Boo and vocalist/guitarist Betty are roommates, which makes songwriting incredibly collaborative. Shiny, their drummer, and Betty have a terrible habit of forgetting to work on music at practice. Instead, they end up singing PJ Harvey and Tori Amos songs while eating chocolate.
Find them: facebook.com/harlotband
Sounds like: Their upbeat indie punk sound is perfect for just driving around town and listening to, while their lyrics are relatable yet a bit emo, making them perfect for your summer road trip mix.
Fun fact: The name “Midland City” is from a 1973 Kurt Vonnegut novel, “Breakfast of Champions.”
Find them: facebook.com/midlandcityband, midlandcity.bandcamp.com, midlandcity.tumblr.com, Twitter/Instagram: @midlandcity
Sounds like: Folk punk that is raw and full of driving riffs.
Fun fact: The band is named after the vocalist/guitarist's father's roofing company, which serviced the Jersey Shore, where Mark and his brother grew up. When the boys were very young, their father died of a heart attack while working on a roof; the name is meant to pay tribute to him.
Find them: facebook.com/roofdoctormusic, roofdoctor.bandcamp.com, roofdoctor.tumblr.com, soundcloud.com/roofdoctor