File Under: Rock balladry inspired by paintings
From: Saudi Arabia
For Fans Of: Romantic Classicism, glam rock, Sick of Sarah, jeans, vintage T-shirts, empowerment.
Bonus: The ladies were first brought to mass attention when the New York Times did a profile on them back in 2008.
File Under: Neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz cabaret, trip-hop
For Fans Of: Bahamadia, Zap Mama, Beastie Boys, sleeveless sweatshirts, Arctic Monkeys, rainbow sherbet.
Bonus: Grab a free download of their song, “Shipwreck.”
File Under: Dream pop with an unmistakable West Coast sound
From: Silverlake, California
For Fans Of: The Murmurs, Bright Eyes, soft ’90s femme rock, Naomily, blueberry muffins.
Bonus: Two of the cutie pies in this group are sisters and one of them bats for our team!
File Under: Electro-pop rock, indie dance
For Fans Of: LCD Soundsystem, The Ting Tings, hot pants, mesh tops, dance pits.
Bonus: Grab a free download of their song, “Rat Is Dead (Rage).”
File Under: Broody indie pop rock
For Fans Of: Argyle sweaters from thrift stores, Land of Talk, An Horse, Postal Service.
Bonus: Thanks to AE reader Janay (yet again) for bringing them to my attention! Their hometown fans can get excited– they’ll be in Minneapolis on Friday!
File Under: Visual Kei performers, punk rock to melt your face off.
For Fans Of: Exist + Trace, Aeon Flux, After Forever, Holly Miranda, bangs in your face, Fat Tire beer.
Bonus: Their hair is pretty awe-inspiring.