1. BODEGA GIRLS

1/26

Hometown: Boston, MA
Sounds like: Bellbottomed dance rock that's two parts Marvin Gaye, one part Clash, with a twist of Rick James swagger -- all present on their hot single, "She's Into Black Guys."
Recommended if you like: Passion Pit, !!!, Hockey
You should know: Bodega Girls are making their name on the remix circuit, having already reworked tracks from indie faves like Passion Pit, Port O'Brien, and Wild Light. -- Written by Peter Gaston

LISTEN: Bodega Girls, "She's Into Black Guys (2.0 Mix)"

2. BODEGA GIRLS

2/26

Hometown: Boston, MA
Sounds like: Bellbottomed dance rock that's two parts Marvin Gaye, one part Clash, with a twist of Rick James swagger -- all present on their hot single, "She's Into Black Guys."
Recommended if you like: Passion Pit, !!!, Hockey
You should know: Bodega Girls are making their name on the remix circuit, having already reworked tracks from indie faves like Passion Pit, Port O'Brien, and Wild Light. -- Written by Peter Gaston

LISTEN: Bodega Girls, "She's Into Black Guys (2.0 Mix)"

3. PAC DIV

3/26

Hometown: Southern California
Sounds like: A crafty, quip-laden triple-MC attack atop minimal but engaging digital beats. Very laid back L.A. rhymes.
Recommended if you like: Jurassic 5, Time Machine
You should know: N.E.R.D. lent some production assistance to the group's debut album.

LISTEN: Pac Div, "We The Champs (Duke vs. Carolina)"

4. RUBBLEBUCKET

4/26

Hometown: Jamaica Plain, MA
Sounds like: A Bonnaroo-ready hybrid of world music influences as re-imagined by well-educated collegians.
Recommended if you like: Antibalas, Toubab Krewe
You should know: The band's tour van is nicknamed "Puppy." (You may exhale a collective "Awww" at this time)

LISTEN: Rubblebucket, "Bikes"

5. THE STALKERS

5/26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds like: A party-hearty power pop band that simply wants people to dance, drink, and screw all night long.
Recommended if you like: Buzzcocks, Alice Cooper, Generation X
You should know: These rabblerousers are UK labelmates of Bjork. Also, should you experience the live show, larger-than-life frontman, Animal -- all many pounds of him -- is truly something to behold.

LISTEN: Stalkers, "Feral Children"

6. YOUNG PRISMS

6/26

Hometown: San Francisco
Sounds like: Shoegazer pop, with back-of-the-mix vocals that allow dark guitar melodies to surge through.
Recommended if you like: Spiritualized, Deerhunter
You should know: The band names Charlton Heston and "late night spiritual pow wows" as influences.

LISTEN: Young Prisms, "Dreamcatcher Panoramic"

7. BEST COAST

7/26

Hometown: Los Angeles
Sounds like: Take a cue from the Everly Brothers YouTube videos on this duo's MySpace page -- it's a lo-fi, fuzz-laden take on simple but reliable '50s pop.
Recommended if you like: Giant Drag, the Breeders, Girls
You should know: If you've got a crush on Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino, the Beach Boys are the way to her heart, according to a mixtape she compiled for music blog When You Awake.

LISTEN: Best Coast, "Sun Was High (So Was I)"

8. STILL LIFE STILL

8/26

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Sounds like: Urgent but brainy/dreamy, these young Canadians keep things emotionally relevant, much like labelmates Broken Social Scene.
Recommended if you like: Death Cab for Cutie, the Sea & Cake, Minus the Bear
You should know: The band members have a long history -- like back to first grade, when they played on rival soccer teams.

LISTEN: Still Life Still, "Pastel"

9. THE XX

9/26

Hometown: London, England
Sounds like: Imagine Tricky and Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn co-fronting '80s New Wavers Thompson Twins. But way sexier, and tantalizingly gender ambiguous.
Recommended if you like: Massive Attack, Everything But the Girl, good soundtracks for making out
You should know: The quartet met at the Elliott School in London, whose alumni also include Hot Chip and Four Tet.

LISTEN: The xx, "Basic Space"

10. BEAR IN HEAVEN

10/26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds like: A decidedly urban mash-up of cut-rate synthesizers and psychedelic sounds -- but more of the "bad trip" variety.
Recommended if you like: Early '80s synth pop, Of Montreal
You should know: According to their Tumblr blog, the lads would love to be sponsored by Chik-fil-A. Watch out, Mr. Cow Mascot!

LISTEN: Bear In Heaven, "Lovesick Teenagers"

11. FAMILY OF THE YEAR

11/26

Hometown: Los Angeles
Sounds like: A collective that's equally comfortable harmonizing on'70s-style Hollywood Hills piano rock as it is churning out urgent, high-tech indie pop.
Recommended if you like: Broken Social Scene, Fleetwood Mac, Port O'Brien
You should know: The band's original name was Bogie Ogreton -- partially inspired by the ogre-like/large nature of the band members' feet.

LISTEN: Family of the Year, "Summer Girl"

12. FANFARLO

12/26

Hometown: London, England
Sounds like: Bold orchestral chamber pop that's not so self-involved as to prevent an occasional drift into chipper, danceable jams.
Recommended if you like: The Arcade Fire, the Beautiful South, Belle & Sebastian
You should know: The band is named for the lead character in Baudelaire's 1840s novella, La Fanfarlo.

LISTEN: Fanfarlo, "Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time"

13. YOU, YOU'RE AWESOME

13/26

Hometown: Cincinnati
Sounds like: Videogame-sampling electronica paired with the vibrancy of live drums.
Recommended if you like: Herbert, Mr. Oizo
You should know: These guys don't just sample video games -- they play 'em too!

LISTEN: You, You're Awesome, "I'm Deaf and You're Boring"

14. SKYZOO

14/26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds like: Back-to-basics Brooklyn rapper whose sunny soul samples and jazzy grooves reach backwards into hip-hop's '90s heyday.
Recommended if you like: Early Jay-Z, De La Soul, Buckshot
You should know: After loads of mixtape appearances, and being big-upped by the late producer Jay Dee, Skyzoo's debut album just came out on Duck Down Records.

LISTEN: Skyzoo, "Beautiful Decay Vid Reff"

15. DIE! DIE! DIE!

15/26

Hometown: Dunedin, New Zealand
Sounds like: An edgy, aggressive update of '80s post punk, led by singer Andrew Wilson's perfectly grating howl.
Recommended if you like: The Cribs, Gang of Four
You should know: They recorded their 2007 self-titled album with Steve Albini, the renowned studio wiz who worked with Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails, and was also part of Big Black, a band Die! Die! Die! idolized.

WATCH: Die! Die! Die, "Sideways Here We Come"

16. SUCKERS

16/26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds like: An ambitious amalgam of hippie rock, rowdy noise, and just enough grooves to, as their song goes, "Get Your Body Movin'."
Recommended if you like: The Flaming Lips, Animal Collective
You should know: The band is about to start recording a debut LP with Chris Zane, who produced Passion Pit, the Walkmen, and Tokyo Police Club.

LISTEN: Suckers, "Out On The Water"

17. DARLINGS

17/26

Hometown: New York, NY
Sounds like: Straightforward, earnest garage pop -- with occasional detours into noisy, Sonic Youth-style mishmash.
Recommended if you like: The Strokes, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
You should know: These four first met while coasting through college at NYC institutions of higher learning.

LISTEN: Darlings, "We're Not Going"

18. NEON INDIAN

18/26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY/Austin, TX
Sounds like: Surprisingly seductive electronica from the Tangerine Dream school -- occasionally offset by Nintendo samples.
Recommended if you like: Cut Copy, MSTRKRFT
You should know: Taking a cue from electronic artists the world over, Neon Indian principle Alan Palomo has employed video artists to compile engaging backdrops to his live shows.

LISTEN: Neon Indian, "Terminally Chill"

19. LOVVERS

19/26

Hometown: Nottingham, UK
Sounds like: Shimmy-worthy power pop, but with heaps and heaps of distortion and a charming penchant for the lowest of lo-fi recording tactics.
Recommended if you like: Exploding Hearts, the Kinks
You should know: In an interview with The Dumbing of America, Lovvers were asked if there was a band they'd eradicate from the planet, if given the chance. Their answer: Twin Atlantic and Mariachi El Bronx.

WATCH: Lovvers, "OCD GO GO GO Girls"

20. NO EYE CONTACT

20/26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds like: Not-overly-freaky folk, with a penchant for offbeat instrumentation and sweet harmonies.
Recommended if you like: Devendra Banhart, Bon Iver
You should know: Now a trio, the project was originally the brainchild of Raky Sastri.

LISTEN: No Eye Contact, "You Won't"

21. HAMMER NO MORE THE FINGERS

21/26

Hometown: Durham, NC
Sounds like: It makes us feel old to say it, but this power trio is a throwback to '90s college rock -- great guitar hooks, fuzzy riffs, and easy-to-remember choruses.
Recommended if you like: Weezer, Superchunk
You should know: The guys have been friends since age 10, when they formed their first band and played all originals, save for one Archers of Loaf cover.

LISTEN: Hammer No More The Fingers, "Radiation"

22. UNICYCLE LOVES YOU

22/26

Hometown: Chicago
Sounds like: A mix-tape of indie rock's best eras, from reverb-drenched Cure guitar lines to New Pornographers-esque boy-girl harmonies.
Recommended if you like: New Pornographers, Guided by Voices
You should know: Despite its sunny sound, the band's debut album was recorded in the dead of Chicago winter.

LISTEN: Unicycle Loves You, "Justine"

23. ARMS

23/26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds like: Bedroom-crafted gems that range from Juno-ready ukulele jams to spazzy freak outs.
Recommended if you like: Sufjan Stevens, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
You should know: ARMS is the solo project of Todd Goldstein, guitarist for NYC pop rockers Harlem Shakes.

LISTEN: Arms, "Kids Aflame"

24. MIRACLES OF MODERN SCIENCE

24/26

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds like: String-laden, twitchy but danceable songs from an ensemble of self-proclaimed "orchestra drop outs and jazz-band rejects."
Recommended if you like: Ra Ra Riot, Andrew Bird
You should know: The group is known for wearing space suits onstage -- awesome, but potentially gamey!

LISTEN: Miracles of Modern Science, "MR2"

25. LET'S WRESTLE

25/26

Hometown: London, UK
Sounds like: Imagine three record store clerks forming a garage rock band that sounds a bit sloppy, but loves to make cheeky references to Husker Du and ABBA.
Recommended if you like: Art Brut, Neutral Milk Hotel
You should know: There's actually a Let's Wrestle song called "Let's Wrestle." Sample lyric: "Let's wrestle, let's fucking wrestle / Get yer crack pipe out baby and let's start a fight."

WATCH: Let's Wrestle, "We Are The Men You'll Grow To Love Soon"

26. MyNameIsJohnMichael

26/26

Hometown: New Orleans
Sounds like: Straighforward, plaintive acoustic balladry infused with a bit of brassy Big Easy bravado.
Recommended if you like: Paolo Nutini, Beirut
You should know: The band formed out of frontman John Michael Rouchell's online project, where he released a song every week in 2008. It culminated in a stirring performance at Bonnaroo '09 that caught our attention.

LISTEN: MyNameIsJohnMichael, "Character Piece"