1. The Flaming Lips at Tramps, 1999 Indie: The Flaming Lips at Tramps, 1999 Tramps Aug 17, 1999 The Oklahoma City based neo-psychedelic band performs its anthemic "She Don't Use Jelly" and premieres tunes from The Soft Bulletin.
  2. CBGB Bands Playlist Indie: CBGB Bands Playlist song The DIY ethic of artists like the Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, and Talking Heads makes them something like godparents to today's indie scene.
  3. St. Vincent Serenades San Francisco Indie: St. Vincent Serenades San Francisco Great American Music Hall Feb 27, 2009 This 2009 Noise Pop set captures spectacular singer and guitarist Annie Clark at an early stage in her career.
  4. Dream Syndicate in Studio Z, 1982 Indie: Dream Syndicate in Studio Z, 1982 KPFK Studio Z Sep 5, 1982 Hear the Velvet Underground-inspired "Paisley Underground" band performs material from their EP The Days of Wine and Roses.
  5. Robyn Hitchock Solo Indie: Robyn Hitchock Solo Tramps Aug 17, 1999 The eccentric Brit singer-songwriter performs surreal-comedic ditties like "Don't Talk To Me About Gene Hackman" and "The Cheese Alarm."
  6. Mumford & Sons and Friends Indie: Mumford & Sons and Friends Troy High School Nov 19, 2013 The core four performs folksy tunes with clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn and guitarist-singer Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.
  7. A Brooklyn Homecoming for The National Indie: A Brooklyn Homecoming for The National Daytrotter Studio Jul 9, 2007 The National will be headlining their borough's largest venue, The Barclays Center, this June. Let their Daytrotter session from '07 hold you over until then.
  8. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Indie: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Tramps May 30, 1998 Hear the raw, ripping, retro-garage rock of the New York-based guitarist's formidable power trio in this 1998 Tramps concert.
  9. The Lumineers at SXSW, 2012 Indie: The Lumineers at SXSW, 2012 Stage On Sixth Mar 16, 2012 The Denver band plays "Dead Sea," "Stubborn Love" and their catchy single "Ho Hey" from their platinum-selling self-titled debut album.
  10. Matisyahu's Daytrotter Session Indie: Matisyahu's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Jan 18, 2010 The American Hassidic Jewish reggae rapper-singer performs "Thunder," "One Day" and other tunes from Light in this 2010 set.
  11. Freedy Johnston's Daytrotter Session Indie: Freedy Johnston's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Apr 23, 2013 The Kansas native and New York City resident performs "Sentimental Heart" and the title track of Neon Repairman in this solo set from 2013.
  12. Kristin Hersh at the Tin Angel Indie: Kristin Hersh at the Tin Angel Tin Angel Nov 8, 2000 The former lead singer for Throwing Muses premieres compelling tunes from Sunny Blue Border in this intimate solo acoustic set from 2000.
  13. Aimee Mann Unplugged at Daytrotter Indie: Aimee Mann Unplugged at Daytrotter Daytrotter Studio Oct 6, 2008 Former 'Til Tuesday singer performs "31 Today," "Freeway" and other confessional tunes from her album @#%&*! Smilers in this 2008 set.
  14. Jill Sobule's Daytrotter Session Indie: Jill Sobule's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Jul 11, 2013 The singer-songwriter performs her ode to Bobbie Gentry and other originals like "Mexican Wrestler" and "Wendell Lee" in this 2013 set.
  1. Andrew Bird's Strangely Compelling Ditties Indie: Andrew Bird's Strangely Compelling Ditties Daytrotter Studio Oct 29, 2007 The whistler-fiddler-singer, who turns 43 today, performs "Fiery Crash," "Plasticities" and other tunes from Armchair Apocrypha in 2007.
  2. Of Montreal in Milwaukee Indie: Of Montreal in Milwaukee Pabst Theater Sep 24, 2010 Enigmatic Kevin Barnes leads the Athens, Georgia-based group on "Casualty of You" and others in this 2010 set from the Pabst Theater.
  3. Mike Doughty's Daytrotter Session Indie: Mike Doughty's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Aug 23, 2012 The former Soul Coughing frontman turns 46 today. Hear him perform his "Na Na Nothing" and "Day By Day By" from 2011's Yes and Also Yes.
  4. Dawes in a Corn Maze Indie: Dawes in a Corn Maze Treinen Farm Corn Maze Oct 9, 2009 Hear the rootsy band that once appropriately accompanied Robbie Robertson premiere tunes from their 2009 debut, North Hills.
  5. Bonnie Prince Billy's Daytrotter Session Indie: Bonnie Prince Billy's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Mar 15, 2010 The rootsy "Appalachian post-punk solipsist" (aka Will Oldham) performs "Careless Love" and "Strange Form of Life" in this 2010 set.
  6. Alabama Shakes' Soul-Stirring Sound Indie: Alabama Shakes' Soul-Stirring Sound Echo Mountain Recording Apr 5, 2012 Powerhouse frontwoman Brittany Howard leads the R&B-tinged band from Athens, Alabama on tunes from Boys & Girls in this 2012 set.
  7. Nellie McKay's Beguiling Ditties Indie: Nellie McKay's Beguiling Ditties Daytrotter Studio Feb 23, 2009 The wonderfully quirky singer-songwriter-actress, who turns 32 today, performs tunes from Pretty Little Head and Obligatory Villagers in 2009.
  8. The Black Angels' Dark Dirges Indie: The Black Angels' Dark Dirges Red Eye Fly Mar 15, 2008 The neo-psychedelic Austin band performs echo/fuzz-laden anthems like "Black Grease" and "The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven" in 2008.
  9. Andrew Bird's Daytrotter Session Indie: Andrew Bird's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Oct 29, 2007 The violinist-whistler-singer-songwriter just released his new Are You Serious. Hear him perform tunes from 2007's Armchair Apocrypha.
  10. Truman Peyote's Daytrotter Session Indie: Truman Peyote's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Aug 31, 2012 The L.A.-based psychedelic drone-pop electronic band led by Caleb Johannes performs "Fish Scraps" and "Cartwheels" in this 2012 set.
  11. Jeff Buckley in Scotland, 1994 Indie: Jeff Buckley in Scotland, 1994 Gleneagles Sep 3, 1994 The late singer-songwriter, who was born on this day in 1966, performs material from Grace, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
  12. Death Cab for Cutie in Seattle Indie: Death Cab for Cutie in Seattle Studio X Seattle Apr 28, 2008 Principal songwriter Ben Gibbard leads the alt-rock band on tunes from 2001's The Photo Album and new material from 2008's Narrow Stairs.
  13. Critics' Darlings Alabama Shakes Indie: Critics' Darlings Alabama Shakes Echo Mountain Recording Apr 5, 2012 As critics begin to release their "Best of 2012" lists, don't be surprised to see Alabama Shakes close to the top. Listen to their Daytrotter session to hear why.