Baltimore

Abby Mott, vocals, guitar and keyboards; Jason Hughes, guitars and vocals; Johnny Armero, bass and vocals; Jay Novak, drums; Kathy Parmelee, percussion and vocals

2006

indie pop

Etta James, Sufjan Stevens, Jenny Lewis, the Zombies, Elvis Costello

Though it wasn't her original plan, Mott ended up playing nearly every instrument on her debut solo album, Hearts a'Flutter. When she took the self-made basement demos of the songs to her studio engineer, they decided to keep the same off-kilter, lo-fi feel for the album, which came out last year.

"We liked the quirkiness of someone playing instruments who doesn't exactly know how to play the instruments," Mott said. "I just tried it, and we never hit a point where it wasn't working. So we just kept doing it."