The Mars Volta is an American progressive rock band from El Pasi, Texas, formed in 2001 and currently based out of Mexico. Founded by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band incorporates various influences including progressive rock, krautrock, jazz fusion, hard rock and Latin American music into their unique sound. They are known for their energetic and improvisational live shows, as well as their concept based studio albums. In 2009, the band won a Grammy in the "Best Hard Rock performance" catergory for the song "Wax Simulacra". They were named "Best Prog-Rock Band" or 2008 by Rolling Stones magazine. We think they are worth the accolades.