Breakthrough Band: Hurts

Thanks to bad taste parties, rickrolling and the vast amount of artists trying to resurrect the spirits of pin-up popstars like Samantha Fox and Sabrina or the italo disco vibe of Gazebo, the kids nowadays seem to think the 80s were all about having fun.

Pomplamoose “Expiration Date”

Gotta love the DIY aesthetic – this video not only sports a great song and a cute girl singing it, but you can see how it’s all put together as well. Win-win.

Grizzly Bear “Ready, Able”

How sweet is this Claymation video for Brooklyn indie-rock band Grizzly Bear’s “Ready, Able?” It’s even cooler when you learn that they had to melt down over 50 California Raisins to make it.

Breakthrough Band: Sleigh Bells

Every now and then, we see a boy and a girl team up for a band that destroys everything in their way, such as the constantly touring Crystal Castles, the almost forgotten Bitchee Bitchee YaYaYa or the early duets of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

Ramona Falls “I Say Fever”

Ramona Falls is the side project of Brent Knopf, who also plays in Portland indie mainstays Menomena, and here he’s joined by a host of guests for a dark yet hummable journey into the depths of the human soul.

Breakthrough Band: Ellie Goulding

When Kylie had huge success with her dancefloor-minded french house-flavoured singles “Love At First Sight” and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” earlier this decade, female pop singers with electronic production gained a lot more credibility.

Grand Archives “Oslo Novelist”

Seattle indie band Grand Archives dropped a great album last month, and this lead-off video will make you think of an emo South Park episode. It’s up to you to decide whether that is a thing you feel is good.

Yes Giantess Will Make Your Day, Seriously

Yes Giantess! They’ve just finished up some shows with Calvin Harris and MSTRKRFT,  and after wrapping the Little Boots US tour they headed to the UK for  a string of dates on the NME Radar Tour and Le Roux. Busy, busy!