New York, L.A., Nashville, Austin, etc.: these are all cities that get written and sung about. The places whose streets, or bars, or saloons and studios harbor, hold, and heave with musicians. They’re cities we think of as being some of the music capitals of the world. While all of these things are true, it barely scratches the surface of the American music scene.
Phox, a six-piece indie pop group from Baraboo, WI, has a self-titled debut out now. Despite a growing profile and their home state’s reputation as a harbinger of hipster culture, the musicians insist that what makes them distinctly Wisconsin is their obliviousness to being cool. “A lot of us were in the marching band,” Phox frontwoman Monica Martin says. “It’s sort of a rite of passage.”