10 Buzz Bands To Watch

10 Buzz Bands To Watch

These ten artists are rising stars doing their own thing who ready to burst into wider public consciousness this year. Read, listen, rock out.


Latest Album: 'King of the Beach'

After breaking out last spring with its eponymous sophomore album, Nathan Williams and his noise-rock project Wavves experienced a drug-fueled meltdown during a performance at last year's Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. For third album "King of the Beach," released digitally July 1, Williams has regained his composure and tightened his sound by recruiting bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes, both members of the late Jay Reatard's band.

next: Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells

Latest Album: 'Treats'

Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells have made good on their mountain of blog hype by signing to M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. Records imprint and seeing their first album, "Treats," debut at No. 39 on the Billboard 200 in May, barely a year after the band had formed. Singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist/programmer Derek Miller are in the midst of their first headlining tour, which includes a high-profile gig at the 2010 Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, as well as supporting M.I.A. at Hard NYC in New York.

next: The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap

Latest Album: 'Conditions'

Australian alt-rock group The Temper Trap were introduced to the American mainstream when their soaring single "Sweet Disposition" landed on the '(500) Days of Summer'soundtrack, as well as multiple television ads. The four-piece will continue supporting their debut album "Conditions" on the road, with slots at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands Festival giving way to a North American headlining trek this fall.

next: Best Coast

Best Coast

Latest Album: 'Crazy For You'

Best Coast may be a lo-fi indie rock duo from California, but their wacky video for "When I'm With You" and collaboration with rapper Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij on the track "All Summer" set them apart from their peers. Singer-songwriter Bethany Cosentino and instrumentalist Bobb Bruno will release their debut album 'Crazy For You' on July 27 via Mexican Summer Records, and the group will showcase their shimmering sound on tour in Europe and the U.S. this summer.

next: Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons

Latest Release: 'Sigh No More'

This folky four-piece from London has quickly found a following in the U.S. after forming in 2007 and releasing their quietly powerful debut disc 'Sigh No More' in the States last February. The band recently performed at the Roundhouse in London alongside Laura Marling and eight Rajasthani musicians on July 12, and will spend the rest of the summer hitting the festival circuit, making appearances at Lollapalooza and the Reading & Leeds festivals.

next: Empire Of The Sun

Empire of the Sun

Latest Release: 'Walking on a Dream'

With space-age costumes that match their far-out electronica, Australian duo Empire of the Sun hit it big overseas in 2008 with the release of debut album 'Walking on a Dream.' If you can't catch Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore's irresistible pop at their scattered U.S. dates in August (which includes a headlining spot in the Lollapalooza dance tent), check out the band's blissfully weird music videos, which combine crisp cinematography with crazy makeup.

next: Marina and the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds

Latest Release: 'The Family Jewels'

Marina Diamandis, a 24-year-old Welsh singer-songwriter of Greek descent, has captivated U.K. audiences with the cheeky synth-pop found on debut disc 'The Family Jewels,' released under the moniker Marina and the Diamonds last February. Diamandis will soon be invading U.S. shores, with a handful of North American tour dates slated for September and recent songwriting sessions with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and pop producer Benny Blanco.

next: Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord

Upcoming Release: '$O$'

Since debuting their high-impact live show at Coachella 2010 and earning a flurry of Youtube hits, South African rave-rap trio Die Antwoord used viral videos, blog chatter and rampant word of mouth to raise anticipation for their upcoming debut album. The band's indie efforts have just paid off. Newly signed to Interscope records, the group will make the rounds in North America this summer, including a slot opening for M.I.A. at New York's HARD NY festival on July 24.

next: Neon Indian

Neon Indian

Latest Release: 'Psychic Chasms'

Chillwave artist Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo), took advantage of the success of last year's debut album 'Psychic Chasms' by commanding the stage at this year's SXSW festival and starting a bidding war that eventually led to a signing with the FADER Label in June. Along with the release of new single "Sleep Paralysist," which was produced alongside Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, Neon Indian will spend the next three months playing headlining shows and supporting Phoenix on tour.

next: Joell Ortiz

Joell Ortiz

Latest Release: 'Slaughterhouse'

After departing from Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records and recording an album with Joe Budden, Crooked I and Royce Da 5'9" as supergroup Slaughterhouse, Brooklyn rapper Joell Ortiz seems primed to break into the mainstream as a solo artist. While Slaughterhouse opened for Eminem last month and may sign with Shady Records, Ortiz has recently released a slew of impressive freestyles and brought out Fat Joe, Budden and Jim Jones while performing at New York's Highline Ballroom on June 29.

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