In Minneapolis, you know you've truly made it when you start breaking attendance records set by the Replacements. Slug and Ant recently did just that, laying testament to the cross-generational resonance of their latest material. Rap generations, that is. Atmosphere joins thunderous late-'80s LL beats with comical disses, half of them self-directed.
Just when you think you can't possibly stand to hear another electronic group that dances coyly over the line between indie and club culture, Cut Copy comes along and slices that notion to bits. The trio born from DJ Dan Whitford sound like Americans shopping in hot Paris record stores and blaring their selections over crackling amps with infectious excitement.
With so many other artists making that Earth-rocking apocalyptic electro (e.g. Justice and Busy P) that's so en vogue of late, Boyz Noise (aka Alex Ridha) stands out with his skilled hand behind the boards and the way he presents electro that's as toxically loud as it is pleasurably flawless. We bet genre godfathers Daft Punk are fans.
French Kicks can not be accused of musical laziness. They blend manic rhythms, crooning vocals, and keyboards atmospherics to truly unique ends. This New York-based trio utilizes the original post-punk ethos and suffuses it with pop melodies. If ambient music were disco, French Kicks would rule the dance floor.