1. At the Rock Show


Over 120 bands are set for the New Jersey festival (May 1-2 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford), but these 25 caught our editors' attention. Find out why this mix of punk, rock, dance, hip-hop -- and whatever you call Dirt Nasty -- matters this year, and hear their music!

There's also a special bonus -- 12 of these bands have provided an MP3 to SPIN.com for our 2010 Bamboozle Mixtape! Click here to download it -- FREE!

Be sure to follow @SPINfestivals for Bamboozle news and coverage of the biggest music events, all year round.


2. At the Rock Show


Over 120 bands are set for the New Jersey festival (May 1-2 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford), but these 25 caught our editors' attention. Find out why this mix of punk, rock, dance, hip-hop -- and whatever you call Dirt Nasty -- matters this year, and hear their music!

There's also a special bonus -- 12 of these bands have provided an MP3 to SPIN.com for our 2010 Bamboozle Mixtape! Click here to download it -- FREE!

Be sure to follow @SPINfestivals for Bamboozle news and coverage of the biggest music events, all year round.




Hometown: New York City
Why they matter: She's a resident of New York City's privileged Upper East Side on Gossip Girl, but in real life Taylor Momsen is a downtown rock chick -- and unlike the scores of other failed actors-turned-musicians, she actually has talent... lots of it.
You should know: The Pretty Reckless contributed a track to the soundtrack for Kick Ass, featuring Superbad's Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and are currently in the studio finishing their debut album. Watch footage from the studio below.
WATCH: The Pretty Reckless in the studio



Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Why they matter: Even if people might never forget their infectious 1997 breakthrough hit "MMMBop," the Hanson brothers have continued to release one even-more-impressive album after another, and built a devoted following in the process. Their fifth album, Shout It Out, hits stores June 8 -- and the band will coast into Bamboozle after five nights of sold-out shows in New York City.
You should know: Keyboard-playing lead Hanson bro Taylor also played Bamboozle last year, but then he was fronting Tinted Windows, his side-project featuring members of Fountains of Wayne, Smashing Pumpkins, and Cheap Trick.



Hometown: London, via North Wales
Why they matter: A power trio led by bleach-haired singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan, TJF's sound is an amalgamation of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' primal punk, Sonic Youth's shoegaze-y no wave, and 1990s standouts Belly's dreamy alt-rock. The sound secured them as the first sign to Passion Pit keyboardist Ayad Al Adhamy's imprint Black Bell Records.
You should know: TJF came under fire when their fans made an unofficial video for their debut single, "Austere," featuring people of both sexes masturbating. It was swiftly banned from YouTube.
LISTEN: The Joy Formidable, "Whirring"

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Hometown: Toronto
Why they matter: His resume speaks for itself: Hit single ("Best I Ever Had")? Check. Grammy nomination? Check. References from hip-hop's elder statesman? Triple check -- Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and Kanye West all appear on Drake's much-buzzed debut, Thank Me Later, out June 15.
You should know: Before transforming into the hottest new rapper in the game, Drake played wheelchair bound cripple Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.



Hometown: Franklin, TN
Why they matter: SPIN picked this quintet's latest release, Brand New Eyes, as the one of the Best Albums of 2009, writing that the "squeaky-clean suburban Nashville kids entered the rarefied world of rock that matters, cramming all the optimism and uncertainty of teenhood into jumpy pop-punk jams with hooks as sharp as a Twilight-er's teeth."
You should know: Singer Hayley Williams appears alongside Eminem on "Airplanes (Part II)," a track off Atlanta rapper B.o.B.'s just-released debut album. Listen here.



Hometown: San Francisco
Why they matter: Fathers, lock up your daughters (and sons?) -- Simon Rex is coming to town. The onetime MTV VJ/heartthrob/gay porn star is remaking himself as a silly white boy rapper, spitting about Ed Hardy clothing, doing "coke, dope, and prescriptions," and, of course, having sex with a snake.
You should know: Rex appears as his Dirt Nasty persona in Ke$ha's video for her hit single "Tik Tok."



Hometown: New York
Why they matter: This hard-working, constantly-touring act is set to release their most complex and exciting record to date, a self-titled album due June 29. While on a recent tour supporting Tegan and Sara, the band began performing urgent new tunes like "Turnpike Ghost" and "Bullet" -- watch them performing them acoustic at SXSW here.
You should know: Frontman Jack Antonoff is also a member of fun., the band led by ex-Format singer Nate Ruess, who are also playing Bamboozle. And, at Friday night's Hoodwink show, where bands cover their favorite bands, Steel Train will be performing the songs of Saves the Day.
LISTEN: Steel Train, "Turnpike Ghost"

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Hometown: Worcester, MA
Why they matter: Take notice of the burly beards and epic tattoos: These guys bring it a bit harder than some of their haircut-heavy peers. The band's second album of originals, Enemy of the World, came out March 9.
You should know: Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz signed Four Year Strong to his Decaydance label.
LISTEN: Four Year Strong, "Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)"



Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Why they matter: Led by piano-pop whiz Andrew McMahon, this beloved but recently-on-hiatus quartet played its first show in half a decade at last month's Bamboozle Left in Anaheim, CA. But the reunion extends beyond the newly-scheduled performances: Their forthcoming greatest hits album includes some brand new recordings, including "Wait," which recently premiered on SPIN.com.
You should know: McMahon also fronts Jack's Mannequin.
LISTEN: Something Corporate, "Wait"



Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Why they matter: Ten years ago, they concocted the template for Garden State emo, marrying grisly, literate, innately quotable tales of heartbreak with overly-caffeinated pop-punk romps. And while sandy-haired frontman Chris Conley is the lone remaining original member, songs like "Rocks Tonic Juice Magic" and "At Your Funeral" haven't lost a shred of vitality.
You should know: The band is working on a new album -- and tweeting about it incessantly -- and at Friday night's Hoodwink gig, which precedes Bamboozle itself, they'll be covering Weezer's 1996 classic Pinkerton in its entirety.
LISTEN: Saves the Day, "Can't Stay the Same"

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Hometown: New York, NY
Why they matter: She's a quadruple threat: club promoter, DJ, fashion plate, and singer. From putting on some of the first big Hollertronix shows (featuring Diplo) to DJing around the world, her party-hearty attitude should be a welcome juxtaposition to Bamboozle's hard-rocking vibe.
You should know: If you live in the NYC area, there are plenty of chances to see Roxy live. Check out her website for DJ dates.

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14. 100 MONKEYS


Hometown: Los Angeles
Why they matter: When Jackson Rathbone isn't playing Jasper Hale in the Twilight saga movies, he's sharpening his teeth in this funk-rock outfit, singing and playing guitar, drums, and keyboards.
You should know: Rathbone and his two bandmates -- whom he met during high school at Interlochen Arts Academy -- are a busy bunch. They released three albums in 2009, and in December launched a 100-city tour that will hit nearly every state in the U.S. before closing out at Bamboozle.

15. fun.


Hometown: New York City
Why they matter: Combine members of the Format, Steel Train, and Anathallo and you get this quasi-super group -- one of Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus' favorite new bands -- who play breezy, 1970s-style pop rock jams on their debut album, Aim & Ignite.
You should know: Jack Antonoff, who plays drums in fun. and sings for Steel Train, will pull double duty at Bamboozle, where both his bands are performing.
LISTEN: fun., "Walking the Dog"

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Hometown: Los Angeles
Why they matter: This Asian-American trio -- childhood friends and MCs Kev Nish, Prohgress, and J-Splif -- is all about two things: dance music and the bangin' parties it kick starts. Their song "Girls on the Dance Floor" is aprime example of their sound: electro-house atmospherics, computer-generated hip-hop beats, and raps about taking shots of Patron and hitting -- what else? -- the dance floor.
You should know: DJ Virman, who joins FM live, including on their recent tour of Japan opening Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour, is a sometime old school hip-hop DJ for Los Angeles' Power 106, and has performed with other artists like P. Diddy, Dr. Dre, Snoop, and Ludacris.



Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Why they matter: POW! BAM! THWAK! -- this quintet are a comic book come to life. With superhero alter egos -- MC Bat Commander (vocals), Crash McLarson (bass), Jimmy the Robot (keys), Ricky Fitness (drums), and Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk (guitar) -- and matching black caps, facemasks, and blue spandex get-ups emblazoned with the letter "A," the Aquabats have been playing fun, silly, and plain good ska, punk, and new wave jams since 1994.
You should know: The Aquabats have an elaborate back-story -- they claim to be from a distant island called Aquabania -- and their live gigs often include onstage battles with costumed villains and monsters.



Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
Why they matter: Meet the Scottish version of Angels & Airwaves. With pop-punk bloodlines to Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World, but with sweeping guitars and a thick Scot brogue courtesy of frontman Sam McTrusty, this quartet are building a rep with their live sets, including triumphant runs at CMJ and SXSW, and their debut release Vivarium.
You should know: In February 2008, less than a year after forming, ex-Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin handpicked Twin Atlantic to open the alt-rock kingpins' show in Glasgow.
LISTEN: Twin Atlantic, "What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?"

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Hometown: Brooklyn, via Cincinnati
Why they matter: Their 2009 SPIN-approved album Brooklynati is a throwback to the cerebral late-'80s/early-'90s hip-hop of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. That vibe continues on group member Donwill's solo debut, Don Cusack In High Fidelity, which came out in March.
You should know: No one in the group is named "Tanya" or "Morgan."
LISTEN: Tanya Morgan, "Bang & Boogie"

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Hometown: Los Angeles
Why they matter: Grab your keg cup -- these power-pop nerds are transforming into rock's cheeky party boys, ditching the mope for ultra-catchy jams like "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" and "Can't Stop Partying," featuring Lil Wayne.
You should know: Rivers Cuomo and Co. contributed a new song to the soundtrack for the upcoming film Shrek Forever After, and are prepping Odds and Ends, a collection of rarities, and a deluxe edition of Pinkerton for tentative release this year.



Hometown: Philadelphia
Why they matter: After cutting their teeth as the backing band for the solo project of Circa Survive singer Anthony Green, these fresh-faced folk-rockers are poised to step into the limelight with their self-titled sophomore album, out June 1, which pairs the classy, Americana sensibilities of Cold War Kids with the Format's pretty harmonies.
You should know: GOW's Keith Goodwin and Tim Arnold were members of Days Away, the now-defunct Fueled by Ramen-signed rock act.
LISTEN: Good Old War, "Coney Island"

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22. WALE


Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Why they matter: The rapper born Olubowale Victor Folarin has steadily crept into the mainstream, whether collaborating with Lady Gaga or getting big-upped by luminaries like Kanye. Even more impressive: Wale and his crew served as the house band during last fall's MTV Video Music Awards, playing everything from rap to rock to emo.
You should know: Slick uberproducer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs) lent his talents to producing Wale's excellent debut album, Attention: Deficit.
LISTEN: Wale, "Be Right"

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Hometown: Kingston, PA
Why they matter: They're one of the young, up-and-coming bands to watch at Bamboozle this year, offering an energetic, back-to-basics mash-up of late-'90s emocore with a not back to the genre's early flag-bearers.
You should know: The lads are currently on the Kimbo Wants a Pepsi Tour with Set Your Goals, among others. Who is Kimbo? Apparently, a purple, show-going gorilla with a penchant for sugary soft drinks.
LISTEN: Title Fight, "Symmetry"

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Hometown: New York City, via Athens, GA.
Why they matter:Like MGMT's psychedelic flourishes? How about the Whigs' catchy, crunchy rock? Well, you get both and much more from singer/guitarist/mastermind Hank Sullivant, an ex-member of both the aforementioned groups, who left to pursue his solo project, beginning with the release of his debut, Paris, in 2008.
You should know: In his spare time, Sullivant is also working as a producer, manning the boards on Mountain of Youth, the new album from psychedelic rockers and fellow Athens, GA, natives Gift Horse.



Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Why they matter: Say Anything leader Max Bemis has been one of pop-punk's most enigmatic and popular stars for a hefty chunk of the past decade. His gut-wrenching, self-effacing lyrics continue to impress, and he's expanding his sonic palate with even broader strokes on his band's self-titled, SPIN-approved 2009 album.
You should know: Say Anything's 2004 hit, "Alive with the Glory of Love," is, by far, the catchiest song ever written to bemoan the horrors of the Holocaust.
LISTEN: Say Anything, "Do Better"

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Hometown: Charleston, SC
Why they matter: A sprinkle of Iron & Wine, a dash of Bon Iver, and a heap of Manchester Orchestra, this quartet give singer/songwriter singer Nathan Hussey's raw and tender emotional outpours their sonic equivalent, which varies from soft piano and twinkling acoustic guitar to gritty electric riffs and marching drum beats. All Get Out are currently recording their debut full-length with producer Matt Malpass (Relient K, Copeland) for release later this year.
You should know: Before forming All Get Out, Hussey played lead guitar in Firefly Summer and bass in SPIN-approved surf rock outfit the Explorers Club.
LISTEN: All Get Out Daytrotter Session



Hometown: Minneapolis
Why they matter: After more than a decade rocking the emo-underground, MCS hit the mainstream (and the No. 15 spot on the Billboard chart) this year with their major label debut, My Dinosaur Life, which SPIN praised for its "radio-ready balance between mayhem and melody."
You should know: Totally weird but totally awesome: Before their official set at Bamboozle on Sunday, MCS will cover Nine Inch Nails Friday night as part of the Hoodwink festival, on the Bamboozle site.
LISTEN: Motion City Soundtrack, "A Lifeless Ordinary"

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