Part of the Brooklyn band explosion, Crystal Stilts' October release "Alight of Night" sounds like a psychedelic Shins/Raveonetts hybrid.
School of Seven Bells spent most of '08 touring with the ethereal kids from M83, and you can hear musical similarities in the soaring vocals and the gentle electronic vibe.
With a bit of a disco touch, the UK band Friendly Fires churns out dance rock on their self-titled first album.
Popping up on many a "best of" list, Hercules and Love Affair bring the funk on their '08 release. "Blind" is a catchy and retro groove, and probably the album's best track.
Following in the steps of acts like the Kaiser Chiefs and the Arctic Monkeys, Foals unleash upbeat indie rock on "Antidotes." With a sound most comparable to Bloc Party, it makes perfect sense that their now on tour together.