Hometown: Seattle Why they matter: These five Devo-lovin' high school students may have taken too much Adderall -- and we mean that in a good way. They pair wide-eyed bravado with pounding synthesizers to get the party started on the dance floor. You should know: The group was handpicked by Brazilian rump-shakers CSS to open their U.S. tour last year. Watch: Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, "Iceage Babeland"
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »