Mary Lou Lord got her start playing music in the subways and on the sidewalks of London and Boston. It was first in London where she developed her repertoire; on her return to Boston, she polished her sound and songs. (In Boston, she helped start the band that eventually developed into Helium.) Discovered in the subway by a rep from the Indie label Kill Rock Stars, Lord's two EPs on that label were critical and cult successes. Her voice -- which ranges from a scratchy whisper to a singsong soprano -- and her awkward guitar-strumming had developed into a signature sound. Lord later signed to Sony, on which she released her full-length Got No Shadow LP, which she co-wrote with Nick Salomon of Psychedelic rockers the Bevis Frond.