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The Thing in the Spring is coming to downtown Peterborough, New Hampshire next weekend, June 6-9th. The quirky music and arts festival has over twenty bands playing in various venues around town and its own arts fair. The ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­founders of the festival, Eric Gagne and Mary Goldwaith came to give us the scoop on “The Thing.”

We have music from some of the bands who will be at the festival, under the cut.

Cody York via

You may know the band cloud cult from an animated commercial that aired during the Super Bowl a few years ago. In exchange for the work, e-Surance helped fund some of the band's costs for greening the recording of album. The fact that Cloud Cult chooses deals like that--writes heart-warming songs, and travels across the country to perform for good causes--may have you wondering if they are for real. But doing good and staying positive are deeply embedded in the DNA of Cloud Cult. This evening the band will perform a live acoustic set during a yoga class at the At Om Yoga studio in Concord. It’s a benefit for a local child with pediatric cancer. I talked with Craig Minowa, singer, guitarist, and leader of Cloud Cult before they headed to New Hampshire and can say that the whole kind-hearted thing is not just PR. In fact, I told him that they are just about the least cynical indie band I can think of.

Leo Reynolds via flickr Creative Commons

All of the pleasure, none of the guilt. Our Saturday show gets you caught up, in a convenient snack pack size. This week….A video game attempts to replicate the experience of autism; spying in space with the help of spectroscopy; a look back to when Peyton Place was in its heyday, almost 60 years ago; the delicious and sweet tradition of capturing maple syrup; making music by “playing” a tower; and a musician gives a private concert in Studio D, then talks about teenage inspiration and her love of pie.

Logan Shannon

The moniker, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper came to Mainer Aly Spaltro in a dream, and has been popping up on marquees up and down the East coast ever since. Not to mention online, where we read reviews of her captivating – almost spellbinding --  live performances and steady output of original, idiosyncratic music that we’re calling a mix between Feist and Nirvana.  Ripely Pine is her first studio album, and has already been featured by Time Magazine and NPR setting Lady Lamb well on her way to becoming a national name.

Guster’s stripped-down acoustic tour is stopping at the Music Hall in Portsmouth for a sold-out performance this Saturday. That’s kind of typical for band that sprang out of Boston in the early 1990s and hit the pop charts with the 1999 song, “Fa Fa.” Their new album Guster: Live Acoustic features 16 songs from performances recorded last year.

Lake Street Dive Gaining Momentum

Jan 8, 2013

OpenEye via Flickr Creative Commons

If you have never heard of Ingrid Michaelson, don’t worry… chances are you have heard her music. Whether it was during an Old Navy sweater commercial…or on TV shows like One Tree Hill, Army Wives, or most frequently, Grey’s Anatomy. Her brand of accessible and emotional indie-pop has made her music a go-to for soundtrack supervisors… and since, built her a grassroots army of fans devoted to each of her five studio albums.  Her latest is called Human Again

Ingrid + Grey's= Tears

Photo by laimagendelmundo, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Forget garage bands. It’s all about garage science. DIY tinkerers working on shoe-string budgets are producing some mind-blowing advancements:  think mud-generated power and home-made lightening. Indie-science isn’t just about impressing us, though we are impressed. Serious work like finding a cure for cancer is also happening in basements across America.  

Judy Dutton wrote about the topic for Mental Floss magazine. She joins us with more about the latest in garage science.

Sometimes I wonder: Do the members of young indie-rock bands know that they're walking stereotypes? There's the scruffy dude who's obsessed with everything vintage and analog, the Pavement-worshiping, whiny-voiced lead singer, the rhythm section that knows its way around every oddity recorded by The Kinks. That's pretty much how I pegged the Philadelphia sextet Dr.