Hometown: Washington/Baltimore

Current members: Nathan Graham, drums and vocals; Greg Maly, guitars and vocals; Blake Mobley, keyboards and vocals; Bradley Richmond, bass and vocals; Colin Woods, mandolin and vocals

Founded in: 2005

Style: jazz funk

Influenced by: Jamiroquai, Herbie Hancock, DJ Shadow, the New Deal, the Band

Notable: When Basshound was writing and recording its self-titled first EP last year, every member contributed to the process. It's rare that one person will bring an entire song to the table and tell the other band members exactly what to play, Maly said. The CD comes out this April.

Quotable: "Everyone's involved in the process," Maly said. "The song 'Soul Filter' is actually about the Basshound writing filter. It's about the fact that everybody writes, and then we run it through the process of everybody vetting it. ... All of them are written that way, with the exception of the last track on the album."

The artist: houndjam.com



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