50 Great New Bands You Should Know In 2011

King of the Beach -Founded in 2008 by Nathan Williams, surf punk band Wavves are definitely gaining headway in the indie community. Known for their laid back sound, the trio will be promoting their latest album King of the Beach as they tour across the country this summer. Check them out at Wicker Park Fest on July 24th.
Smith Westerns
Dye It Blonde - These Chicago rockers mix indie, garage, and glam rock influences in a new album with the help of engineer Chris Coady (credits include TV on the Radio, Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Their buzz secured them a spot at Lollapalooza as well. Look for them on August 5th.
<h1>Smith Westerns</h1>
Great Civilizations - Skysaw rides on the backbeat of Jimmy Chamberlain, the collaborative writing and dark vocal stylings of Mike Reina, and the blistering guitar of Anthony Pirog.  Paul Wood and Boris Skalsky of Dead Heart Bloom fill out the lineup.
Yuck - Another London-based four piece, Yuck is an indie rock band with crunchy guitars and charming vocals that have been compared to Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth.   They released their self-titled debut album in February and will appear at Pitchfork on July 17.
Foster the People
Torches - The indie-pop band's bouncy, catchy electric tunes picked up steam at SXSW in anticipation of the late May release of their debut album Torches.  They'll light up the stage at Lollapalooza on Friday, August 5th.
<h1>Foster the People</h1>
The Civil Wars
Barton Hollow - The folk duo is the collaborative songwriting effort of Joy Williams and John Paul White.  The two have attracted praise from Adele who chose them to open for her on her tour.  
<h1>The Civil Wars</h1>
Two Door Cinema Club
Tourist History - Hailing from Northern Ireland, the indie rock trio utilizes catchy guitar hooks, sweeping synth lines, and syncopated drum beats to create dynamic danceable tunes.  They'll perform at Lollapalooza on August 5th.  
<h1>Two Door Cinema Club</h1>
James Blake
James Blake - The self-titled debut album from James Blake has already appeared across eleven charts.  Blake, a British electronic composer, will bring his electronic beats and soulful voice to Pitchfork Music Festival on July 15, closing out the Blue stage.
<h1>James Blake </h1>
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Belong - Not the newest band on the list, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been in the spotlight for a couple years now, but Belong, released this year, has earned many thumbs up.  The New York pop band will take the stage at Lollapalooza on August 7.
<h1>The Pains of Being Pure at Heart</h1>
Nothing Is Wrong - A folk rock band born out of a post-punk history, Dawes released their debut album North Hills in 2009 and their second album, Nothing Is Wrong, this June.  Recently, Dawes has performed as Robbie Robertson's band, as Dawes singer Taylor Goldsmith performs back-up vocals on Robertson's latest album, How to Become Clairvoyant.
Cut Copy
Zonoscope - Melbourne's Cut Copy is heading back to the Windy City this summer to promote their latest album Zonoscope. This will be the band's third studio release and they will be performing at Pitchfork Music Festival on July 17th.
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Fitz and the Tantrums
Pickin' Up the Pieces - When Michael Fitzpatrick founded the soulful, funky, indie band in 2008, he knew he wanted a unique sound.  So he cast out the guitar in favor of a big sound supported by saxaphone, an organ, and a grooving bass.
<h1>Fitz and the Tantrums</h1>
Esben and the Witch
Violet Cries - After releasing four EPs, British indie goth rock band Esben and the Witch just made their label debut with their album Violet Cries. Although the band is not touring North America right now with their album, their live shows are intoxicating, dark, and is definitely a show you should check out if the band heads this way.
<h1>Esben and the Witch</h1>
The Vaccines
What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? - English indie rock band The Vaccines formed in 2010, released What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, their debut studio album, this March, and are playing Lollapalooza on August 5.  Their rapid rise has gained the attention of Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), who were both in attendance at their first London appearance.
<h1>The Vaccines </h1>
Ringo Deathstarr
Colour Trip - The debut album, Colour Trip, from this shoegaze band arrived in February.  The Austin, Texas trio lives up their hometown's slogan as their weird, eclectic sound feeds off thick reverb and dreamy vocals.
<h1>Ringo Deathstarr</h1>
Cape Dory - While the band Tennis is fairly new to the music scene, it hasn't taken long for this husband-and-wife indie duo to receive recognition. Impressed with their musical ability, NPR featured the couple's debut album Cape Dory as soon as the record was released. Check out Tennis on August 5 at Lollapalooza to hear what all of the fuss is about.
The Head and The Heart
The Head and The Heart - After just being signed to Sub Pop Records, this indie folk band from Seattle just remastered rereleased their 2010 self-titled album The Head and The Heart. The band is known for their harmonization and vibrant percussion has toured with bands like Vampire Weekend, The Decemberists, and Death Cab for Cutie. The band just played a show on June 6th in Millenium Park with Iron & Wine.
<h1>The Head and The Heart</h1>
Toro y Moi
Underneath the Pine - Chazwick Bundick, also known as Toro y Moi, is yet another artist you should definitely look into when you're touring the fests this summer. Bundick just dropped his latest album Underneath the Pine this February and is playing a set at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 17th. Toro y Moi experimented with various types of music genres, but not heavily identifies himself with electric chillwave.
<h1>Toro y Moi</h1>
Feel It Break - The synth beats and drum tracks of this new wave band will keep your summertime blues at bay.  Opera-trained vocalist Katie Stelmanis pulls no punches, either. 
Apex Manor
The Year of Magical Drinking - This little old band from Pasadena formed just last year.  After gaining inspiration from an online songwriting contest with NPR, Apex Manor dove into the writing process and released The Year of Magical Drinking in January.
<h1>Apex Manor</h1>
The Naked and Famous
Passive Me, Aggressive You - The debut album from this New Zealand band hit the speakers at the end of 2010 and hasn't stopped playing.  Their first single, "Young Blood," debuted at number one on New Zealand's charts - the first artist in three years to do so.  The Naked and Famous is another act to catch on August 5 at Lollapalooza.
<h1>The Naked and Famous</h1>
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The Fool - Warpaint originated in 2004, and has previously included actress Shannyn Sossamon and Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist Josh Klinghoffer in their lineup.  Their debut studio album, The Fool, released in 2010, was met with positive reviews and reveals that the band is on a strong path that includes multiple festivals across Europe this summer.
Super Happy Fun Club
Go Fun Yourself - Another Chicago-based band releases its debut album this year.  The Super Happy Fun Club, led by Stubhy Pandav frontman of Lucky Boys Confusion, is a rock band's rock band with punchy guitar riffs and powerful backing vocals.
<h1>Super Happy Fun Club</h1>
Ellie Goulding
Lights - Ellie Goulding spent 2010 touring with Passion Pit and John Mayer and appearing at festivals across Europe, including the Glastonbury Festival.  Besides bringing Lights to America this year, she also performed live at the reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton (and was the only live performer) - a royal endorsement of a successful future.
<h1>Ellie Goulding</h1>
Fort Frances
The Atlas - Chicago-based indie-rock three-piece Fort Frances recorded their debut album, The Atlas, in a farmhouse in Maine.  If you listen closely, you can hear a trumpet echo off the corners of New England.
<h1>Fort Frances</h1>
Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer - The Los Angeles singer-songwriter is no stranger to these types of lists.  He's already polished off a tour with the Plain White T's, and is currently giving support to Natasha Bedingfield. 
<h1>Andy Grammer </h1>
 Bang - The Chicago rock band with the punch, power, and presence to make it to the final four of Rolling Stone's Choose the Cover contest, Empires released their second full-length album Bang last year, and their third album is currently in post-production.  They'll take the stage on July 23 at the Wicker Park Fest.
Zeroes QC - The calculated beats and punchy synths on this Montreal band's debut album define Suuns sonic approach.
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA)
multiple albums - The Los Angeles hip-hop collective has garnered a lot of attention lately, both positive and controversial.  Lead rapper/producer Tyler, the Creator released his second album Goblin in May, and Odd Future will appear at Pitchfork on July 17.
<h1>Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) </h1>
Oblangle Fizz Y'all - Reptar describes their Athens-born sound as euphoria put in a blender on medium with some ice.  We'd go a step further and say the blender is set on high.  Their infectious, funky rhythms are getting quite the looks, and we have no plans on looking away.  Check them out at Lollapalooza on Friday.
Cults -   The Manhattan-based indie-pop band stumbled upon stardom when Pitchfork media named two songs on their debut 3-song EP "Best New Music" material.  The website followed up by giving their first full-length album the same accolade in June.
Love Inks
E.S.P. - Another band that has left much to mystery.  Sherry Le Blanc sweetly carries the simplistic, minimalist, catchy pop beats on Love Inks' debut album.  
<h1>Love Inks</h1>
Gold Motel
Summer House - After the disbanding of The Hush Sound, front-woman Greta Morgan began Gold Motel, continuing her writing, recording, and performing of piano-driven rock.  Gold Motel will help close out Lollapalooza on Sunday, August 7. 
<h1>Gold Motel</h1>
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain - Also known as World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation, WU LYF has avoided the eyes and ears of the press, declining interviews, and keeping their identity mysterious.  They also declined offers from record labels and recorded their debut full-length album themselves in an abandoned church.
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New Brigade - four friends in their late teens hail from Denmark with an energetic punk approach.  They released their debut album, New Brigade, in January and are currently on tour.
The Globes
Future Self - An experimental rock band from Spokane, Washington, The Globes formed in high school and have stayed united since.  They relocated to Seattle and worked with John Goodmanson (credits: Blonde Redhead, Death Cab for Cutie) to produce their debut album, Future Self.
<h1>The Globes</h1>
A New Kind of House - Portland's Typhoon released their latest EP in March, following up on two full-lengths, another EP, and a split 7-inch.  Typhoon's 2010 album, Hunger and Thirst, was their first full-length since 2005, revitalizing the repertoire of the 10-person band.  After a successful appearance at SXSW, they've opened for The Decemberists on a leg of their tour, and they'll perform at Lollapalooza on August 6.
Morning Teleportation
Expanding Away - Hailing from Kentucky, these psychedelic rockers put out their debut album, Expanding Away, in March.  These boys have set foot on stages at Bonnaroo and Sasquatch and supported The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse.  Although they have similarities to the veteran bands they've opened for, Morning Teleportation performs with a unique, cacophonous stage presence.
<h1>Morning Teleportation</h1>
Wild Flag
Wild Flag - A wild, four-piece, all-female rock band, Wild Flag is comprised of members of Sleater-Kinney and Helium.  Their self-titled debut album is due out in September, but you can catch them headlining at the Wicker Park Fest on Saturday, July 23.
<h1>Wild Flag</h1>
Bass Drum of Death
GB City - Bass Drum of Death is grungy, guitar/drum duo from Mississippi.  The distorted fuzz of their angst anthems debuted on their full-length GB City in April.
<h1>Bass Drum of Death </h1>
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
It's a Corporate World - Another musical duo, this time with the subtle, bright pop of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.  Complete with whistling and glockenspiel, the Beach Boys inspired, Detroit band released their debut album It's a Corporate World in June. 
<h1>Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.</h1>
Darwin Deez
Darwin Deez - Frontman of Darwin Deez, Darwin Smith, started gaining attention for his band in late 2009, and released the self-titled debut full-length in April of last year.  The New York indie pop group just released their latest single (a light and simple but bitter and malicious tune) "Bad Day" earlier this year.
<h1>Darwin Deez</h1>
White Mystery
Blood & Venom - Brother and sister duo White Mystery, feature loud drums, screaming vocals, and feisty redheads.  A stripped down heavy, garage rock guitar and drum combo, White Mystery released their second full-length album, Blood & Venom in April
<h1>White Mystery</h1>
Washed Out
Within and Without - Washed Out is the stage name for Earnest Greene, who draws influences from hip hop to chillwave.  His home-studio-produced material was quickly noticed online, and he recently signed to Sub Pop.  Washed Out's debut full-length will be released on July 12. 
<h1>Washed Out </h1>
JEFF the Brotherhood
We Are the Champions - A rock duo of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, JEFF the Brotherhood crunches together pyschadelic and garage rock with punk and pop. They have self-released a handful of LPs, but recently put out a wide-released album We Are the Champions and a 7-inch split with Best Coast.
<h1>JEFF the Brotherhood</h1>
Eleanor Friedberger
Last Summer - Eleanor Friedberger is one half of the indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces, but she's releasing her first solo album this July.  Friedberger's voice is the star of her solo work while simple, driving instrumentation compliments.
<h1>Eleanor Friedberger</h1>
A Thousand Heys - London-based four-piece rockers, Mazes, layer thick distortions over their poppy lyrics.  Their first full-length, A Thousand Heys, debuted in April of this year.
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Tell Me - Mayfield began performing in her family bluegrass band at the age of 8.  Now at 21, she's just released her second full-length album, Tell Me, which blends country and rock influencs. Her first full-length With Blasphemy So Heartfelt was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys after he got ahold of her first EP, which she recorded in her brother's bedroom.
<h1>Jessica Lea Mayfield</h1>
Glass Drop - An experimental rock band from New York City, Battles just released their second album, Glass Drop, in June.  Their newest single, "Ice Cream" features staccato lyrics and a guitar riff that phases in and out to create an energetic tension.  They'll perform at Pitchfork on July 15.
<h1>Battles </h1>
David Wax Museum
Everything Is Saved - David Wax and Suz Slezak make up the core of the David Wax Museum, a band that takes Americana music all the way down to Mexico, blending the styles of America's folk traditions with unique Mexican instruments.  Their latest album, Everything Is Saved, was released in February. 
<h1>David Wax Museum</h1>
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