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A Los Angeles-based art-folk quintet who broke out big at last year’s South by Southwest and are poised to make an even bigger splash when they rock a marathon nine gigs in three days this week at the fest. After SXSW, the group heads out on their first major headlining tour, with stops at Coachella in April.
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Christofer Drew, a 19-year-old Missouri native whose lovelorn tracks, soft, high voice (and Pete Wentz-style skinny jeans) are making underage girls swoon. He was signed by Warner Bros. after being discovered on MySpace and releasing three EPs, and his first disc What Is Love? debuted at Number 24 on the Top 200.
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Surfer Blood, a pack of indie rockers from West Palm Beach, Florida, who in the span of less than a year have traded in their day jobs as waiters for a spot on the bill of the massive Primavera Sound festival alongside artists that inspired them like Pavement and Pixies.
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Electro-tribal trio who formed in Baltimore, where singer Chris Keating and guitarist Anand Wilder attended prep school. The group bonded over seeing shows by classmates Animal Collective and turned a 2008 LSD trip in New Zealand (with singer-bassist Ira Wolf Tuton) into the inspiration behind their latest disc Odd Blood, which positions them as the next weird-ass band to break out of the Brooklyn scene.
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Los Angeles funk connoisseur Dam-Funk, a one-man wrecking crew of thumping beats, smooth bass and iced-out synths. After honing his craft as a session musician for rappers like Ice Cube, remixing acts like Animal Collective and becoming an MVP on the DJ circuit, Dam-Funk’s debut album Toeachizown has everyone from Southern Cali to Seoul to Tel Aviv hitting the dance floor, literally ruling one giant nation of funk fans under the groove.
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A New Jersey-bred quartet who’ve gone from playing Brooklyn warehouse parties to opening up for acts like Vampire Weekend. After releasing their debut in 2008 — an album that earned them no shortage of Bruce Springsteen and Bright Eyes comparisons — Titus Andronicus are gearing up to return March 9th with The Monitor, an ambitious, kick-ass, so-geeky-it’s-cool concept record about the Civil War.
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The leather-jacket-clad blonde shredding beside Michael Jackson in This Is It is the Australian guitarist and singer Orianthi Panagaris. The 24-year-old started getting buzz when footage from rehearsals leaked following Jackson’s death in June, but she got her first big break Down Under when she opened for Steve Vai in 2000.
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A fuzzy, scuzzy electro-indie duo made up of Londoners Milo Cordell and Robbie Furze. Their enormous sound is currently sweeping the indie underground, but you may know them from the countless reviews that joke about how they don’t exactly sound like Music From Big Pink creators the Band — a journalistic trend than rankles the two Brits.
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Britain’s coolest new band the xx, fronted by singer-bassist Oliver Sim and singer-guitarist Romy Madley Croft, who uniquely blend sultry boy-girl indie pop with austere, icy post-punk and dub grooves. After hitting it big back in the UK with their debut xx, the trio — producer/beatmaster Jamie Smith rounds out the line-up — was named the MVP of this year’s CMJ Festival in October.
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The 37-year-old son of Paul Simon, who’s casting out under his own name for the first time with his fall debut. Simon says the process of becoming a solo artist was a “journey of discovery” and though he was hesitant to step into the spotlight, “I realized, ‘If I don’t do this I’m going to regret it.’”
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These folk-rock rookies started their career as the buzzy post-punk band Simon Dawes, co-fronted by Malibu native Taylor Goldsmith. But when the band’s other songwriter bowed out, the remaining members — Goldsmith, his brother Griffin (drums) and bassist Wylie Gelber — shortened the name and traded their Smiths records for plaid shirts and pedal steel.
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The U.K. synth-pop sensation — it’s scored two Top Five hits in England — consists of striking androgynous singer Elly Jackson and behind-the-scenes beatmaker Ben Langmaid (he refuses to be interviewed or photographed and doesn’t perform live). But Jackson is used to being the center of attention, for her hair — a red, Woody Woodpecker-style pouf — and her piercing voice. Says Jackson, “It’s a massively powerful instrument.”
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Before this rising New York indie-pop quartet played a note together, they had a band name, a MySpace page and some shared tastes: “We loved loud, sort of enthusiastic, life-affirming pop like Yo La Tengo and Smashing Pumpkins,” says frontman and songwriter Kip Berman, “where there’s big guitars and everything’s right in the world.”