El Perro del Mar Where: The Gargoyle Playing With: Peter Bjorn and John Sounds Like: "The 2009 release Love Is Not Pop furthers Sarah Assbring's deconstruction of pop and indie-folk forms -- the melodies linger, the grooves float, the themes sigh -- but a sonic laboratory of dubby delay and electronic glimmer and glitch catalyzes her songs. Mood pieces such as "Let Me In" and "It Is Something (to Have Wept)" -- the latter featuring a lyrical assist from writer G.K. Chesterton -- languidly unfold and gather malevolent momentum, like a carefree club hop devolving into icy, down-tempo, noir remixes." (link) -- Roy Kasten RIYL: Lykke Li, Ladyhawke, Dragonette Video for "Change of Heart"
RJD2 Where: The Gargoyle Playing With: The Paxtons, Illphonics Sounds Like: Pastiche (mostly instrumental) hip-hop with smart references to new-wave, electro and rock. RIYL: DJ Shadow, Atmosphere MP3: RJD2, "Iced Lightning"
Into the Light Carol Anne Where: Lemmons Sounds Like: Lumbering slabs of post-rock/experimental sounds. Featuring ex-Lou residents David Rogers (a.k.a. 1112467, a.k.a. the former bassist of Pat Sajak Assassins) and David Becan (a.k.a. 1125533), who met while working at the Hi-Pointe Theatre. Also named one of the Onion's "worst band names of 2007." RIYL: The Residents, Explosions in the Sky MP3: Into the Light Carol Anne, "Velorum"