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Zeds Dead is an Electronic duo from Toronto, Ontario composed of DC and Hooks. DC and Hooks have been producing together since 2004, formerly as Mass Productions. Taking influence from hip hop, Mass Productions released one independent album in the summer of 2007 entitled Fresh Beetz. It is their first and only release to date.
Anton Zaslavski known primarily by his stage name Zedd is a German electronic dance music producer and DJ from Kaiserslautern, Germany. He primarily produces in the electro house genre, but has branched out, pioneering what is known as ‘Zedd style’, which draws influences from Progressive house, Complextro and Dubstep.
Yuck are an indie rock band that originated in London, England. The band features members Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom, both of whom formerly played in the band Cajun Dance Party. The band’s self-titled debut album was released through Fat Possum on 21 February 2011 in the United Kingdom. Critics have likened the band to Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth.
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Ximena Sariñana Rivera is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. Sariñana’s musical career was launched in 2008 with the release of her first studio album Mediocre, an adult contemporary pop-rock/vocal jazz album that has been critically acclaimed and nominated for various awards, including two nominations in the Latin Grammy Awards of 2008.
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WU LYF (pronounced “Woo Life”, stands for “World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation”) are a band from Manchester, England that originally became known for creating a mystery about themselves by declining requests for interviews and not releasing much information to the press. The band describes their music as “heavy pop”. Their manager, Warren Bramley, has previously worked with Tony Wilson at Factory Records.
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Wolf Gang is a British alternative and symphonic rock band with Max McElligott as lead vocalist. Having played with different musicians McElligott settled on the current live set up in late 2009 which includes Lasse Petersen (drums) previously of The Rakes and Gavin Slater (guitar) previously of Ghosts.
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Wild Flag is an American four-piece supergroup based in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C.. The group consists of Carrie Brownstein (vocals, guitar), Mary Timony (vocals, guitar), Rebecca Cole (keyboards, backing vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums, backing vocals). The band is most known for consisting of ex-members of the bands Sleater-Kinney, Helium and The Minders.
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Wild Beasts are an indie rock band from Kendal, England. They released their first single, “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants”, on Bad Sneakers Records in November 2006, and subsequently signed to Domino Records. They have released three acclaimed albums, Limbo, Panto in 2008, Two Dancers in 2009, and Smother in 2011. Two Dancers was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
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We Were Promised Jetpacks is an indie rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland, comprising Adam Thompson (vocals, guitar), Michael Palmer (guitar), Sean Smith (bass) and Darren Lackie (drums). The band’s debut album, These Four Walls, was released on 15 June 2009 on Fat Cat Records.
The band cites label mates Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad as influences, alongside Biffy Clyro’s early material.
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We Are Augustines is an American indie rock group based in Brooklyn, New York and consisting of guitarist Billy McCarthy, bassist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen.
Songwriter, lead singer and guitarist William McCarthy has had as tough a life as anyone. He never knew his father. His mother was an alcoholic schizophrenic and her children ended up in foster care. His brother, James, was also a schizophrenic who lived in and out of institutions prisons. At about the time his original band, Pela, was breaking up, McCarthy’s brother committed suicide. McCarthy, along with Pela bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter Eric Sanderson, and drummer Rob Allen, regrouped to form We Are Augustines. Picking the name was easy. McCarthy and Sanderson both have August birthdays, Pela dissolved in August, and McCarthy’s brother committed suicide the same month. August plays a heavy role in the band’s life.
Wallpaper. is led by the sleazy, excess-obsessed Ricky Reed, who is also a gifted producer, multi-instrumentalist songwriter, viral media hustler and disco ball-busting crowd destroyer.
Wallpaper. evolved from a clever jab to, as S.F. Weekly put it, “a rebuttal against pop music as simple window dressing.” It boomed beyond the satire and quickly surpassed the irony and gained attention for the legit songwriting and masterful production. The beat-heavy pop ditties are built around sweaty, swaggerful beats. Wallpaper. keeps it funky, and gives a knowing nod to the early greats who offered their influence: P-Funk, Afrobeat, Bay Area rap, perhaps even some Prince.
Tune-Yards (stylized as tUnE-yArDs) is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these with ukulele, voice, and electric bass (played by Nate Brenner). The Whokill (stylized as w h o k i l l) tour has added a saxophone section.
When L.A.’s world-class beat/electronica crew Brainfeeder takes over the Fonda later this week, you’ll spot one guy up there making music the (comparatively) old-fashioned way. Him with the extraterrestrial sense of style and supernatural ability on the bass? That’s Thundercat, a.k.a. Steve Bruner, who you’ve heard on Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma where he held down the low end on the track “Mmmhmmm”. He’s also played with Bootsy Collins, Erykah Badu, and Snoop Dogg.
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Abel Tesfaye better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian recording artist and record producer of Ethiopian descent. Songs recorded under The Weeknd name first leaked in late 2010, though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown.
The Weeknd released a nine-song free album, House of Balloons, on 21 March 2011. This album is a part of a trilogy which includes Thursday, released on 18 August 2011, and Echoes of Silence, released on 21 December 2011. The song “High for This” produced by Cirkut was featured in the promo for the final season of the HBO show Entourage On June 16, 2011, House of Balloons was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. On July 6, the album was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees but eventually lost to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. On December 21, 2011 Tesfaye released his highly anticipated third mixtape Echoes of Silence. The Weeknd’s site crashed shortly after due to the large number of downloads. The Weeknd quickly provided a Hulkshare link to keep the album available while the official site was down.
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The Vaccines are an English indie rock band who formed in West London in 2010. The band’s debut album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, was released through Columbia Records on 14 March 2011 and reached number 4 in the UK Album Chart. They have drawn comparisons to The Strokes and Ramones. The band, however, describe their influences as “‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s garage and girl groups, ’70s punk, ’80s American hardcore, C86 and good pop music”.