The WeakerthansWHO Led by former Propagandhi member John K. Samson, this Winnipeg-based four-piece sings about the wonder and sadness found in everyday moments.
SOUNDS LIKE If your smart best friend learned to play guitar and listened only to Midwestern rock bands.
DOWNLOAD “Plea from a Cat Named Virtute”
TRADEMARK Canadian Vegetarians
The Ting TingsWHO English duo Katie White (vocals/guitar) and Jules De Martino (drums) invert the White Stripes setup and end up with a pocket version of Blondie.
SOUNDS LIKE A pocket version of Blondie. Pay attention.
DOWNLOAD “Shut Up and Let Me Go”
TRADEMARK Dynamic duo with interesting accents
Black KidsWHO These kids from Jacksonville, Florida, went from local opening act to UK headliner in two short years.
SOUNDS LIKE The Cure doing Bloc Party covers, or maybe the other way around.
DOWNLOAD “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You”
TRADEMARK Not just a clever name: Two of the five Black Kids are, in fact, black