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The Whigs

Within months of coming together, The Whigs' members were already packing clubs in their native Athens, Ga., as well as its metropolitan neighbor, Atlanta. Local fans just couldn't argue with the band's clever mixture of Pixies, The Replacements, and Spoon — an easy sell for a crowd looking for something both accessible and enthusiastic. Hear a concert recorded live from the Paste Magazine and Stereogum Party at Volume in Austin, Tex., March 14, 2008 broadcast by World Cafe. Dave Matthews...

Bon Iver

In For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon sings in a heartbreaking falsetto. Vernon wrote the album's songs while living in a remote cabin one winter in northwestern Wisconsin, where he'd gone to exorcise some inner demons. For Emma, Forever Ago perfectly captures the isolation and chilly heartache of the period in which it's recorded. Hear a concert recorded live at the Parish in Austin, Tex., on March 13, 2008.