So barefoot-boogie hippies rub you the wrong way. Or maybe you're more open-minded than the typical cranky-pants, scene-sucking elitist. Either way, hopefully you're savvy enough to realize that shortcut labels like "jam band" and " indie rock" better describe a group's business approach and fan base than its sound. This year, major festivals like Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and the revived Lollapalooza mashed up alt-rock mainstays with a colorful new breed of improv road warriors. These groups are young, diverse and wildly creative, but they all share a noncommercial, tour-intensive work ethic that ensures grassroots devotion across the country. And while they might be best known for their live shows, each released a kick-ass studio album in 2005, listed here in no particular order.... More >>>