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Tennis, Cape Dory, January
We're trying hard to ignore the kitschy retro-80s album cover (there's a unitard involved) because from what we've heard of the music inside, husband-wife duo Tennis may be the saving grace of 2011's fuzz-pop bands.
Givers, Title TBA, Early 2011
In their shows opening for the Dirty Projectors, among others, in 2010, Givers proved themselves to be youthful, smart, uplifting, erratic, melodious and interesting—like a cross between said Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend. Expect to be hearing their name a lot in Austin this March.
Native Speaker, January
It'd be weird not to see at least one Montreal band on a list predicting the year's buzz-makers; it's also weird how this particular Montreal band ever so gently turns minimal dream pop on its side, unfolding songs into twinkling seven-minute epics.
The Vaccines, Title + Date TBA
The Brits are losing it over these guys, and the British press never over-hypes well-dressed, punk-loving, guitar-based bands. Even still, we figured it was worth mentioning that The Vaccines' demo is quite good. Now let's see what they can do with a full-length.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Title + Date TBA
Lo and behold, CMJ did what it was supposed to do with glitch-folkies Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. this fall; it made a whole lot of people really excited for their full-length debut, a feat made even more impressive considering their penchant for wearing NASCAR race suits.