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    Wed, 13 May 2009 17:01:24

    Two-thirds of acoustic rockers Lady Danville met at an UCLA a capella group audition in 2005. The pop rock trio have since been featured in Hulu's #1 webseries "Dorm Life" where band member Michael Garner made a cameo appearance. The show highlights new and upcoming artists - watch episodes on http://www.Dorm-Life.com.

    Singer/keyboardist Michael Garner shares his influences with ARTISTdirect:

    1) Ben Folds - Whatever and Ever Amen

    "Made me want to be a rock star from the moment I heard his piano and pure wit."

    2) Guster - Lost and Gone Forever

    "I love the dual melodies/harmonies/two-man lead style with the "Thunder God" laying down the beat. I've never skipped a song on this album"

    3) Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism

    "Ben Gibbard knows exactly what to say in the most non-BS, straight-forward manner. The simplicity is pure poetry."

    4) The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

    "Colin Malloy tells stories like Aesop. No. Like Shakespeare."

    5) Rufus Wainwright - Want One

    "He's everything in one...a singer songwriter, a great orchestral composer, a rocker and absolutely not afraid to be himself. His piano melodies are creative and his voice lends itself well to his romantic lyrics. Let's not forget that the guy has like a 200 octave range. On his tour this year, he did a cabaret style performance where he dressed as a woman and danced about the stage with his full band (choreographed and all). Oh Rufus"

    6) Sara Bareilles - "Careful Confessions"

    "She's got the insight of a 500 year old sage, and i think she has mastered HOW to say every word she utters. Also, we were in the same a cappella group at UCLA. I was in awe of her then and not a lot has changed."

    7) Dave Matthews Band - Live at Red Rocks

    "Listening to DMB is an experience. It's more than just about the lyrics or the music but rather their collective effect. and when they start taking turns grooving and jamming... it takes me back. RIP LM."

    8) Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

    "Watching Bon Iver live was one of the most surreal experiences ever. Justin Vernon's ethereal falsetto combined with his intricate choice of guitar tunings create an out of body experience that leaves you floating in the air while you see yourself standing on the ground."

    9) Ratatat - Classics

    "The melodies and beats are off the chains. Just TRY standing still whilst listening to this masterpiece."

    —Frances Zapanta

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