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  • Lightspeed Champion

    Who? Since disbanding chaotic dance punk outfit Test Iciclesin 2006, Dev Hynes has transformed himself into a pop folkie touched bycontemporary American alt-country, a.k.a. Lightspeed Champion. Havingspent the spring touring with the likes of Bright Eyes and PatrickWolf, Hynes issued the Galaxy of the Lost EP in mid-summer; dreamy full-length Falling Off the Lavender Bridge is slated for February via Domino Records. What's the Deal?This Houston-born, Edinburgh-bred songster has crafted a songbook oflush, acoustic-driven pop melodies at the hands of some of Nebraska'sSaddle Creek collective, including producer Mike Mogis, the Faint'sClark Baechle, and select members from both Tilly and the Wall andCursive. Champion's polished, low-country tones summon the lovechild ofsomewhere between Bloc Party's Kele Okereke and Omaha's favorite sonConor Oberst.

  • Dead Confederate

    Who? Hailing from a combination of Georgian cities(Atlanta, Augusta, Athens), John Watkins (keys), Jason Scarboro(drums), Brantley Senn (bass), Hardy Morris (guitar/vocals), and WalkerHowle (guitar) create the guitar-driven retro rock of Dead Confederate.Having already shared stages with the likes of the Black Lips,Deerhunter, Yeasayer, and Dinosaur, Jr., DC's self-titled EP care ofthe Artist's Organization (TAO) arrived last month; a studiofull-length is expected in 2008. What's the Deal?Though the band is pinned as producing the same kind of indie rockaesthetic à la My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses, Dead Confederatedabbles in darker shades than their compared predecessors.

  • Drive-By Truckers Take a Bow For 'Bright' Debut

    As the clock struck midnight last evening (Jan. 10), Athens,Georgia's Drive-By Truckers took the stage in a tightly packed 40 WattClub to debut tunes from their forthcoming LP, Brighter Than Creation's Dark (out Jan. 22 via New West). Really, it was a humble celebration as the alt-country quintet performed Brighterin its entirety while all show proceeds were donated to Nuci's Space, anon-profit organization benefiting the mental and musical wellness ofthe Athens performing community. At the mic, bearded frontman PattersonHood ultimately claimed Alabama as home, but excited concertgoers knewwell enough that Athens is truly the band's haven as he exclaimed,"Athens, Georgia...

  • The Black Ghosts

    Who? No, your disco's not haunted -- it's just at thehands of Simian's Simon Lord and Wiseguys' DJ Touche (nee TheoKeating), together known as the Black Ghosts. With an affection forhorror, sci-fi, and fantasy flicks, plus an emotive pop prowess, theduo made their U.S. debut with the Any Way You Choose To Give It EP late last month, which arrived via California indie label IAMSOUND. What's the Deal?At times throwing back to their native nation's new wave nuances and atothers sampling metal shreds akin to musical amalgamate Girl Talk, theBlack Ghosts will get you moving without fail. The twosome's tunes aredependent on the integration of inspiration, ranging from dance dynamoslike Daft Punk and Justice to the moody sensitivity and bleakromanticism of Serge Gainsbourg and New Order.

  • MGMT's Halloween 'Spectacular'

    No matter how you celebrate Halloween, it's definitely a freakshow. Last night (Oct.

  • Bravery, Man Man Cap Echo Fest

    Rising early for day three (Oct. 14), an impressive mass ofcurious fans worked their way through the Echo's information tent,which offered up a host of literature and face to face education fromregional environmental protection groups. Forestry protection, riverclean-up, sustainable energy and locally grown organic foods were allrepresented, and somewhat surprisingly, each table was cluttered withlines of enthusiastic potential volunteers.

  • Flaming Lips, Lyrics Born, and GZA Open Echo Project

    As the frigid campgrounds of Echo Project thawed under the hotAtlanta sun on Friday (Oct. 12), eager music fans at the 350-acreBouckaert Farm filed into the stage compound, unsure what to expectfrom the first-year festival. Those lucky enough to arrive before noonwere treated to an early start, as the Flaming Lips rolledthrough a sound check that included "Free Radicals" and a word from thealways-inspiring Wayne Coyne.

  • Scott Matthews

    Who? In a time-woven tale of rags to riches, Scott Matthews is England's newest export on the heels of his award-winning song "Elusive." From the days of shuffling boxes in a warehouse and teaching arts to local children, to recently sharing stages with the likes of Foo Fighters and Rufus Wainwright, Matthews' rootsy and passionate pop-rock is slowly tugging at the heartstrings of future fans worldwide. The Sam Remo label issued his full-length debut Passing Stranger earlier this spring, while plans for a Stateside release are slated for early 2008. What's the Deal? Passing Stranger does more than the average solo songwriter collection thanks to its intricacies and strong intent.

  • The Deadly Syndrome

    Who? College chums Jesse Hoy (drums/keys), Will Etling (guitar), Chris Richard (vocals), and Mike Hughes (keys/drums) decided to make a unanimous move to California following their university studies in 2006. Although they each relocated for different reasons, the Deadly Syndrome made a quick name for themselves in the L.A. indie rock scene, which also landed the pop quartet a deal with Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label. Their debut long-player, The Ortolan, drops this week. What's the Deal? Songs on , firmly rooted in California pop rock, recall everything from the no-frill frustration-laden furor of early Modest Mouse, plus the bell-and-whistle charm of Brits like the Boy Least Likely To, with graces of grand Arcade Fire-esque jangle a la Funeral.

  • Calvin Harris

    Who? Twenty-three-year-old Calvin Harris is a neo-disco wunderkind hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. As the U.K. club scene continues to explode, Harris paves a new path for aspiring DJs with his youthful zeal and utilized technology to circumvent club residencies and apprenticeships. His debut long-player I Created Disco drops stateside September 4th via the Almost Gold label. What's the Deal? Whether it's campy self-touting confidence ("The Girls") or getting a party started in your living room ("Merrymaking at My Place"), Harris could be considered the club alternative to the Arctic Monkeys meteoric rise to fame several years ago: same driven attitude, same crucial post in youth culture, same plane of reinventing the wheel.

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