J.V. and the Petty Thieves
John Vournakis and his band basically made a musical career out of ripping off Tom Petty songs. At least we think that's what they sound like based on their name. Maybe we should listen to their music. Be right back.
Oh, ok. Belay that last. Turns out J.V. and the Petty Thieves aren't a Tom Petty cover band at all! They play a literary blend of folk, Americana and rock with equal nods to Bob Dylan, Wilco, and the Hold Steady. They were also the winners of the 2011 Verbicide Unsigned Band Contest (judges' choice) which we sponsored and was how we discovered them.