July 21: Free Energy
Philadelphia rock band Free Energy is comprised of ex-Hockey Night band members Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells, as well as Evan Wells, Geoff Bucknam and Nick Shuminksy. The band officially formed in the fall of 2007 and garnered attention with their melodic, hook-laden dance-rock tunes. The group recorded their debut album Stuck On Nothing with producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Released in March on DFA Records, the same month as their talked about SXSW Music Festival shows, Stuck On You has received critical acclaim from fans and the media: Rolling Stone magazine labeled Free Energy as a band to watch this year and have since appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.