Brittany Shane

Perhaps it's her down-to-earth Midwestern charm and the fine sense of humor conveyed in her songs that make you wish you could step through your speakers and into a bar, where she'll be waiting with a beer. Sure, she makes pure pop for now people, but the tunes reach out in all different directions. But it's Brittany's every-girl that comes shining through in the end.

We get the impression that punk rock kids, soccer moms and convicted felons can embrace the stuff with equal devotion, and we say that in a good way, of course. That is why Shane has been able to share stages over the years with such a varied array of artists (the Breeders, Indigo Girls, Stevie Nicks, Aimee Mann, Heart, to name a few), without seeming like there's been a mistake in the billing.

Home Base: Austin