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Acoustic Ladyland

Acoustic Ladyland

Last Chance Disco

"Acoustic Ladyland have been rattling minds since 2001 when Pete Wareham, Tom Cawley, Tom Herbert and Polar Bear's Seb Roachford united on the basis of their mutual distaste of jazz sterility and respect for Jimi Hendrix. Their lofty ambition was to create something as "musically substantial as Coltrane, but was as much fun as Waiting For the Man by The Velvet Underground." -Drowned in Sound




The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes

Lust Lust Lust

"Lust Lust Lust is the Raveonettes' third full-length, and on first spin, it might sound like a step backwards. Their previous effort, 2005's Pretty in Black, was a look-at-me effort that scrubbed the grime off their past work and expanded the duo into a full band with guests like Mo Tucker and Ronnie Spector. But it also proved the Raveonettes don't clean up very well; they're most presentable when they're not presentable, so the return to distortion is a welcome regression." -Pitchfork




The Black Keys

The Black Keys

Attack and Release

"A psychedelic hybrid of vintage Southern R&B, brutish British Invasion rock, and country blues that calls to mind race-blurring Seventies badasses like Jim Ford and Tony Joe White. That's great for the Keys, who are often obscured by the shadow of fellow Midwestern drums-and-guitar duo the White Stripes. Sure, minimalist stompers like "I Got Mine" and "Remember When (Side B)," all raw rock riffs and cymbal sizzles, echo early Jack 'n' Meg. But "Psychotic Girl" is something else, with its banjo opening and spook-house choir." -Rolling Stone




The Dirtbombs

The Dirtbombs

We Have You Surrounded

"The new album fills the bill for fans hooked on the Dirtbombs' dark soul-rock sound. Guitars howl and growl, feedback bristles, Collins' vocals swing and spit with a cool urgency. The mix sends meters peaking, the sound harsh and overdriven as the band muscles through a dual-bass, dual-drums attack." -Detroit Free Press




The Shackeltons

The Shackeltons

The Shackeltons

"The Shackeltons provide a stout combination of clean, straight-lined production and cacophonous bursts of sound on their self-titled debut. Their blasts of angst, which are equal parts danceable bliss and seering noise, are held together by the jittery, literate lyrical musings of frontman Mark Redding." -RS




Radiohiro

Radiohiro

Radiohiro

A studied musician/drummer since the age of 8, RadioHiro now combines his musical training with a profound love for Indian Classical music, re-writing the sound of Asian Underground with a dark, hard driving, yet melodic style.




MGMT

MGMT

Oracular Spectacular

Joining fellow hotly tipped Brooklyn bands Vampire Weekend and Yeasayer, MGMT (pronounced "management") merits just as much attention for its psychedelic experimentation as it does for its melodies and hooks.




Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

People spend a lot of time poking around for the edgy new underground thing, convinced that plain old pop songs have been done to death. But Vampire Weekend have come along like Belle & Sebastian and the Strokes each did, sounding refreshingly laid-back and uncomplicated, and with simple set-ups that make good songs sound exceedingly easy. (Pitchfork)




White Denim

White Denim

Let's Talk About It

Repeatedly cited as one of Austin's best up-and-coming bands, White Denim pulls the rug out from under headliners with its show-stopping energy and propulsive kinesticism, making it one of the most talked about local acts a this years SXSW.




Band Of Horses

Band Of Horses

Cease to Begin

For those who prefer their indie rock with a big dose of beauty, look no further than South Carolina's Band of Horses. Like their equally crystalline debut, Cease to Begin is long on dreamlike, rootsy songs that top churning guitars with glacially pretty, reverb-slathered vocals.




Black Mountain

Black Mountain

In The Future

Vancouver quintet Black Mountain, a band of psychedelic hard rockers who have already garnered buzz on the strength of their 2005 eponymous debut and high-profile gigs like their stint opening for Coldplay.




Sigor Ros

Sigor Ros

Havel

The Icelandic band's new release is comprised of two EP's. Hvarf pairs three previously unreleased songs with two new re-workings of songs from their debut.