6. The Rocketboys
More than creating songs, The Rocketboys excel at creating arena-rock moods. With reverb-laden guitars and haunting lyrics, the Texas band clearly resonated with the NY crowd. We liked them enough to invite the to the Paste studio yesterday, so keep an eye out for some exclusive video soon.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
For fans of: Pedro the Lion, Coldplay
Start with: “All the Western Winds”
7. Local Natives
Local Natives played a half-dozen shows at CMJ, winning fans with their quirky, intricate, laid-back rock. The debut albut Gorilla Manor comes out next week (11/2/2009).
Hometown: Silverlake, Calif.
For fans of: Grizzly Bear, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Fleet Foxes
Start with: “Airplanes”
8. Spiral Beach
This four-piece exudes a campy energy of the B-52’s, although the barely twenty-somethings are probably too young to remember them. While the band’s kitschy outfits and on-stage antics may be enough to catch your eye, their playful dance-pop will catch your ear.
For fans of: To Go! Team, Pylon
Start with: “Voodoo”
9. Chris Denny and The Natives
We’ve been hearing about Chris Denny for a long while now, but it took seeing him live for his warbling country crooning to take hold. His voice sounds like something that should have first been recorded on a slate record, but the vintage sound pairs beautifully with unadulterated electric guitar and organ.
Hometown: North Little Rock, Ark.
For fans of: Antony, Hank Williams
Start with: “Time”
10. The Uglysuit
The Oklahoma quintet’s MySpace page lists “Psychedelic,” “Shoegaze,” and “Folk Rock” as its musical categories, and that’s actually a pretty good triangulation of its expansive sound.
Hometown: Oklahoma City
For fans of: Snow Patrol, Aqualung
Start with: “Chicago”
The Uglysuit – “Chicago” from Touch and Go/Quarterstick on Vimeo.