1.THE HONEY BROTHERS

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Indie-rockers the Honey Brothers have a new record -- the Demonstration EP -- as well as a superstar actor handling drumming duties: Adrian Grenier, whose hit HBO show Entourage returns for its sixth season July 12.The band -- Andrew Vladeck, D.S. Posner, Ethan Gold, Ari Gold, and Grenier (left to right above) -- will play their first festival dates this summer, including an appearance at All Points West in Jersey City, NJ, on August 1. Click through our gallery to see which five touring bands the Honey Brothers told us they're most excited to see perform live. -- Larry Fitzmaurice

LISTEN: The Honey Brothers, "Demonstration"(DOWNLOAD MP3)

2.THE HONEY BROTHERS

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Indie-rockers the Honey Brothers have a new record -- the Demonstration EP -- as well as a superstar actor handling drumming duties: Adrian Grenier, whose hit HBO show Entourage returns for its sixth season July 12.The band -- Andrew Vladeck, D.S. Posner, Ethan Gold, Ari Gold, and Grenier (left to right above) -- will play their first festival dates this summer, including an appearance at All Points West in Jersey City, NJ, on August 1. Click through our gallery to see which five touring bands the Honey Brothers told us they're most excited to see perform live. -- Larry Fitzmaurice

LISTEN: The Honey Brothers, "Demonstration"(DOWNLOAD MP3)

3.VAMPIRE WEEKEND

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2009 Summer Festival Appearances: All Points West (July 31), Lollapalooza (August 9)

Their Latest Record: 2008's self-titled debut (Read our full review).

What They're Up To Next: The indie-poppers are currently hard at work on their second record, which is slated for release later this year.

Why the Honey Brothers Chose Them: "Vampire Weekend take world music and classic songwriting and craft a completely fresh and fun sound.All of their songs have a great sense of humor, and a beautiful, shiny guitar sound. They suit the atmosphere of a sunny afternoon and a couple of beers."

4.CRYSTAL CASTLES

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2009 Summer Festival Appearances: All Points West (August 1), Osheaga (August 2), Lollapalooza (August 7), Hard Summer (August 8)

Their Latest Record: 2008's self-titled debut (Read our full review).

What They're Up To Next: The indie-dance duo will make the rounds at the European festival circuit through October, including appearances at England's Leeds and Reading festivals.

Why the Honey Brothers Chose Them: "Besides hot babes and dancing? They write great songs and they know how to get the right beats to get you off your seat. Also, electronic sounds give us a comforting sense of being super-human.We like to bop our heads and move our buns whilst transcending our humanness."

5.GANG GANG DANCE

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2009 Summer Festival Appearances: Lollapalooza (August 9), Bumbershoot (September 5)

Their Latest Record: The New York art-rockers' second album, 2008's St. Dymphna (Read our full review).

What They're Up To Next: Assorted North American and European live dates throughout September -- as well as a possible collaboration with the Wu-Tang Clan's GZA.

Why the Honey Brothers Chose Them: "They are a smiling, spastic, sensual, hypnotic band -- good for both headphones and outdoors. We predict they will put on the sexiest show in the night. Also, seeing them live will permit us to read their lips and maybe even discern some of their lyrics."

6.BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE

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2009 Summer Festival Appearances: Rothbury (July 3), 80/35 (July 4), Wanderlust (July 26), Free Press Summer Fest (August 8)

Their Latest Record: The Canadian indie-rock collective's 2005 self-titled third album (Read our full review).

What They're Up To Next: According to a recent MySpace blog post, BSS have been recording their next record in Chicago with producer John McEntire (Tortoise, Bonnie "Prince" Billy).

Why the Honey Brothers Chose Them: "Broken Social Scene does rock really well.Good group chemistry, damn tight for a band with about 20 sometime members, and great swelling melodies. They also do sweet quite well, too -- something you wouldn’t guess from their name. It's not revolutionary, but they're accessible, they're not too obscure, and they've got really great melodies."

7.THE TING TINGS

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2009 Summer Festival Appearances: All Points West (August 1)

Their Latest Record: 2008's dance-pop debut, We Started Nothing.

What They're Up To Next: The British boy-girl duo are touring North America with pop bad-girl Pink this fall -- head over to their MySpace page for a full tour itinerary.

Why the Honey Brothers Chose Them: "I normally only dance at parties, but occasionally someone will drag me to a dance club. For some reason I found myself jumping up and down and singing along to a couple songs I kept hearing on my travels; it took a friend from Moldava to explain that I was hearing a British pop duo called the Ting Tings. Why did I want to kiss almost everybody on earth, and punch the few bad people, when these songs came on? Some kind of pop magic, I think."