Meat Puppets / Ha Ha Tonka
The Meat Puppets found mid-level success in the '80s for their high-energy blend of county, folk, hard rock and punk rock, releasing seven lauded albums before being famously name-dropped and covered during Nirvana's Unplugged taping in 1993. Due to the mention, the band found its greatest commercial success with their next album "Too High to Die" (featuring the single 'Backwater'), but the band unraveled soon after. The group, cleaned up and refreshed, reformed several years later. Anodyne records released "Rise to Your Knees" earlier this year, and the Pups recently contributed to the anniversary cover album for REM's "Automatic for the People", bravely taking on 'Everybody Hurts.'Springfield, MO's own Ha Ha Tonka has been heaped upon with the critical praise as of late for their own southern style of indie rock. Their latest release, "Buckle in the Bible Belt" (which we do know for a fact, Sprinfieldians do call their town, exact reasons unknown), stands up well to the acclaim, displaying the band's penchant for creative, hooky interplay.