With their slackerfied-Blondie sounds, California trio Best Coast have a lot of potential as an up and coming band to get big on their first time around.
teenage ruffians from Chicago
Cincinnati/Brooklyn croon-rockers The National are touring in front of their follow-up to 2007's acclaimed Boxer, coming in May of this year.
Atlanta-bred Deerhunter plays throbbing, druggy, sometimes experimental rock and has toured with bands like Dan Deacon and Lightning Bolt; their live show is said to be frenetic.
"New York's loudest band" channels 80's angst heroes like the Cure and (especially) Jesus And Mary Chain. Don't be fooled: there are sweet melodies behind the fuzz and echo.