Big Gigantic is a jamtronica band from Boulder, Colo., formed in 2008. The band has released two albums and an EP so far. Still very much a member of the underground electronica scene, Big Gigantic comes to the Dave Matthews Band Caravan after playing at festivals such as Mountain Jam in Hunter, N.Y.
For Fans Of: Lotus, EOTO, Ratatat
How You May Know Them: Big Gigantic is making a name for itself on the jamtronica festival scene. It will play the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, W. Va., and Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Conn., in July.
Fitz & the Tantrums
Fitz & the Tantrums is a neo-soul band from Los Angeles. Its first album, "Pickin' Up The Pieces," was released last year. But don't think Poco - Fitz & the Tantrums, who use no guitars and cite influences such as the Talking Heads and Radiohead, sound nothing like the country-rock group. The group recently covered "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurhythmics and played the late-night talk show circuit.
For Fans Of: Hall & Oates, old-school Motown (think The Supremes, The Temptations)
How You May Know Them: Breakout single "MoneyGrabber" has appeared on "Desperate Housewives" and "Criminal Minds."
Dr. Dog is a Philadelphia-based psychedelic folk outfit. Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken, the band has released five studio albums since 2002 (not counting its 1999 indie release, "The Psychedelic Swamp"). The band writes music about shame, love and Philadelphia. It deviated from its characteristic DIY recording process to release last year's "Shame, Shame," which was recorded in West Hurley, N.Y.
For Fans Of: Telekinesis, Guided By Voices, Fruit Bats
How You May Know Them: Dr. Dog is the resident radio darling at WXPN-FM 88.5. Besides praise and plenty of airtime, XPN has given Dr. Dog time in its World Cafe studio and a slot in last year's XPoNential Music Festival.
Bassnectar is a dubstep artist who has assembled a powerful cult following of partiers, underground house/electronica fans and "bass heads." His shows are essentially raves, and he's shown a knack for whipping a crowd into a frenzy with one drop of a beat. On the books, he's a DJ and electronica musician, but ask anyone who loves him and they'll tell you he's a dubstep artist through and through.
For Fans Of: Rusko, Skrillex, Burial
How You May Know Him: Bassnectar has produced remixes to songs such as Ellie Goulding's "Lights" and Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?"
Alberta Cross is a New York-based blues-rock band that has toured with Findlay Brown and Bat for Lashes. After playing the three U.S. festival giants - Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo - Alberta Cross embarked on its first headlining tour last year. The band's sound has been compared to that of The Raconteurs and Neil Young.
For Fans Of: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Them Crooked Vultures, Ben Harper
How You May Know Them: Songs by Alberta Cross have appeared on "Sons of Anarchy" and "Californication."
Amos Lee is a singer/songwriter whose quiet but powerful voice breathes life into his soft country melodies. He has released four albums, including one, "Mission Bell," earlier this year. Guests appearing on this album include Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Lee has toured with Norah Jones.
For Fans Of: James Taylor, Brett Dennen, Joshua Radin
How You May Know Him: Lee grew up in the region, living in Philadelphia and graduating from Cherry Hill East High School.
David Gray is an English singer-songwriter known for his 1999 single, "Babylon." He makes adult contemporary soft-rock music, releasing nine albums of it since 1993. In 1998, he was a member of Venus in Furs, a supergroup of sorts formed for the film "Velvet Goldmine" that included Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Roxy Music's Andy Mackay. He has toured with Radiohead and Dave Matthews Band.
For Fans Of: Toad the Wet Sprocket, Pete Yorn, Matt Nathanson
How You May Know Him: Gray's songs appeared on the NBC sitcom "Scrubs" during its earlier seasons.
Pete Kilpatrick Band
Pete Kilpatrick Band is an alternative rock band from Portland, Maine, whose members have been performing together since 2004. It has toured with DMB Caravan compatriots Guster, O.A.R., Ray LaMontagne and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. According to its website, the band has released five independent albums.
For Fans Of: The Script, Gavin DeGraw, Jack's Mannequin
How You May Know Them: The band recently won the 2011 United Services Automobile Association's Garage Band Contest.
Dawes hops off its tour with Bright Eyes and M. Ward to play the Dave Matthews Band Caravan Sunday. The California-based foursome draws inspiration from Neil Young and the North Hills section of California, where the band is based. Dawes released its second album of contemporary folk-rock, "Nothing is Wrong," this month. The band is signed to ATO Records, the label Dave Matthews helped found.
For Fans Of: Deer Tick, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Band
How You May Know Them: Single "When My Time Comes," off Dawes' first album, "Short Hills," was featured in a Chevrolet commercial.
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Michael Franti & Spearhead is an upbeat, reggae- and R&B-influenced band whose members began making music together in 1994. Its songs often ascribe to optimistic and humanitarian themes. Michael Franti & Spearhead's hits include "Everyone Deserves Music" and "Say Hey (I Love You)." The band released its most recent album, "The Sound of Sunshine," last year.
For Fans Of: Brand Nubian, The Roots, G. Love & Special Sauce
How You May Know Them: "Say Hey (I Love You)," peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.