Debbie Neigher: Debbie Neigher

Before you dismiss Debbie Neigher as just another wannabe Tori Amos with her piano playing skills and vocals; there's actually more to her than that. Neigher is a classically trained pianist and songwriter. This is a debut record for the artist and it's proving quite intense and personal. In it, she tackles various topics in her songs ranging from sexual assault to musings about what happened to her best friend. It's these lyrics plus the wonderful delivery that makes her sound more intriguing and worth checking.

Republic of Lights: Go Rococo

After receiving a huge amount of praise and positive reviews for their album as well as live performances, Republic of Light seems to have had a good start on their musical journey. These Chicago natives created quite a bit of noise in the indie music world with their album Go Rococo. The crew is composed of Alan on vocals, Brian on guitars, Greg on keyboards and Rosie on guitars. Combining a flurry of indie pop, new wave, great lyrics and tons of catchy rhythm; the band is easily likable while the record is a great go-to album if you want something to keep your energy up and bouncing.

The Wired CD: Creative Commons Music

What musicians are saying is that true creativity needs to be open, fluid, and alive. When it comes to copyright, they are pro-choice. Here are 16 songs that encourage people to play with their tunes, not just play them. This CD was given away free with the November 2004 issue of Wired Magazine, and is permitted to be freely shared and sampled for non-commercial purposes under the terms of the Creative Commons licenses placed on the music.