Weekend, Wild Flag, White Fence, Wise Blood... This was a tough call, but we gotta give it to Chris Laufman, aka Wise Blood, aka the tiny firecracker of a performer with a possible Napoleon complex whose pastiche of woozy Panda Bear-esque synths and rock bits takes a backseat to his unpredictable live show. Not knowing what to expect at an indie rock concert is an exceedingly rare thing in today's world.
Since writing about these guys in this space last year, they might've released a proper full-length on Kanine Records, but we're pleased to tell you they sound just as irreverent as ever, churning out bratty Jesus and Mary Chain style garage.
In a field of bands claiming the word "young" in their names, Young Buffalo might come out on top this CMJ, as may their hometown label Fat Possum, who've been churning out an awfully good string of albums in 2011. Credit it to energetic, soaring rock well beyond their years. The cover of Broken Social Scene's "Anthems for a 17-Year-Old Girl" certainly doesn't hurt either.