Alive has been fortunate to spotlight some phenomenal acts since establishing Bands to Watch in 2003. While you can't go wrong spinning records from any of the featured artists, we thought we'd offer a quick rundown of 13 of our favorite albums produced by Bands to Watch alums.

Alive has been fortunate to spotlight some phenomenal acts since establishing Bands to Watch in 2003. While you can't go wrong spinning records from any of the featured artists, we thought we'd offer a quick rundown of 13 of our favorite albums produced by Bands to Watch alums.

Two Cow Garage (Band to Watch year: 2003): The Wall Against Our Back

The still-sharp blue-collar rockers are at their ragged best here, setting ferocious tunes about small-town escape ("Make It Out Alive") alongside others that sound more like settling in ("Saturday Night").

Teeth of the Hydra (2003): Greenland

Songs move as slowly and forcefully as bulldozers on this monstrous album from the now-defunct stoner-rock trio.

Illogic (2004): Diabolical Fun

Despite the title, the crafty MC isn't playing games here, aiming his words like sniper fire on cuts directed at shady music industry business practices and the desire to leave a permanent mark on the world.

Necropolis (2005): The Hackled Ruff & Shoulder Mane

Noisy, dissonant and undeniably groovy.

Times New Viking (2005): Rip It Off

The sludge-pop masters are at their scuzzy best on their Matador Records debut.

Sinkane (2008): Mean Love

The onetime Columbus resident takes a worldly turn on the globe-trotting Mean Love, which finds the musician employing everything from Afro-pop to disco in songs that delve into his cultural and musical heritage.

Fly Union (2008): TGTC (The Greater Than Club)

The hip-hop crew counts King (LeBron) James among its fan base, which is fitting considering the group's MCs trade verses as effortlessly as an NBA team running its fast break.

This Is My Suitcase (2009): In the Wake of Atrophy: A Poignant Album for Heartsick Humans

The beloved band's 2013 swan song refuses to mope, transforming all manner of hurt, disillusionment and confusion into effusive, blissful indie-pop gems.

Saintseneca (2010): Such Things

With each album, Zac Little and Co. further distance themselves from their folk-revivalist roots. Such Things, at its core, is an unfailingly catchy pop record, albeit one that can have listeners singing along to songs about death, spirituality and the meaning of consciousness.

Way Yes (2011): Tog Pebbles

The shape-shifting psych crew builds immersive worlds on its full-length debut, pairing heart-rending words with trip-inducing music.

The Girls! (2013): Let's Not Be Friends

The power pop crew specializes in soaring choruses that consistently add a few MPH to the speedometer when the songs kick on in the midst of a commute.

Counterfeit Madison (2014): Palms Were a Bad Choice

Stripped-down, stately and ultimately uplifting, this cassette and digital release finds the musician engaged in a bit of personal archeology.

All Dogs (2015): Kicking Every Day

Even when Maryn Jones' words sound despondent, there's no give in the band's sound. "I am underneath the water/ Kicking every day," she howls on one tune, highlighting the crew's refusal to throw in the towel.