I was in Murfreesboro (TN) during the winter break. The place struck me as your prototypical medium-sized college town, with lots of youth-oriented restaurants and bars that rubbed up against an older 'ye olde town square' architecture. Pretty much like Texas towns San Marcos and Denton, in other words - a good place to study but without a whole lot to trap you there after graduation.
Musically, though, it seemed pretty healthy. Just showing up I heard about this band and that band and one night we visited at a house party, completely packed, while three or four bands played until late. I could barely get my face in to see what was up.
Therefore, I'm not surprised to hear more from the area, this time in the form of Awake! Awake! Good. I'm curious.
From their biography: "Awake! Awake! began as a college band in 2007 and has continued to release new material and push the boundaries of what they thought possible." Their credits thus far include placement on MTV and, oddly, on the official homepage of director Francis Ford Coppola's wine imprint.
Their first album was 2007's We've Been Strangers, which hints at a new wave/electronica that would become more pronounced (see the song "Distance" below).
They've jumped even more firmly into beats and electronics with this score for "Mega Man X," thus joining the ranks of many other musicians exploring and/or influenced by 8-bit, videogame music.