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Grooms, Prom + Date TBA
We've been told by Grooms frontman Travis Johnson that the trio's second LP will see their most accessible, pop-leaning material to date. This, coming from a band entrenched in 90s noise rock, doesn't lead us to believe it'll be all happy clappy singalongs though, even having made the leap to Kanine Records.
Stay Home, January
Here's hoping they haven't cleaned up their act; we want their comic book garage rock just as scrubby and slapdash as it was the first time around. We're not too worried though: Stay Home includes tracks titled "Pops N Me" and "Eat No Dick 2."
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart , Belong, March
They had us at "Kurt Cobain's Cardigan" years ago, but now comes word that Brooklyn's most endearing fuzz-pop band made a concerted effort to follow-up their debut with a less nostalgic, more dynamic sound. Oh, man. This should be a very good album.
Warma EP, January
All we want for Christmas is for Darlings to receive the widespread attention they deserve when their follow-up EP to Yeah I Know is released in January, primarily because we want to take credit for championing them early on, but also because they continue to embody everything we love about 90s garage rock. And this time, it's louder.
Vivian Girls ,
Share the Joy, Spring
Something tells us they'll be dabbling in this so-called "lo-fi" pop-punk trend, experimenting with things like "girl-group" harmonies and "guitars." For the slightest change of pace, check out debut releases by Kickball Katy and Cassie Ramone's spin-off projects, La Sera and The Babies, due out in early 2011.