Hometown: New York / Los Angeles
Why they matter: If the sunny girl group the Ronettes recruited a gang of bikers as their backing band, their songs might sound like this Danish duo's demonic take on '60s pop. Their vampire-white skin (wear SPF 70 on the boardwalk, guys!) and menacing, reverb-drenched guitar sounds will surely leave you dazed -- ina good way.
You should know: Though only 14 songs made it onto the duo's most recent album, Lust Lust Lust, Sune Rose Wagner claims to have written hundreds of tunes in preparation, averaging three or four new ones per day. -- William Goodman
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Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »