BEST MODERN BANDS (1) 1. BRIGHT EYES A Nebraskan indie-rock band founded by singer-songwriter Conor Oberst. The band consists of Oberst, trumpet and piano player Nate Walcott and multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis, as well as a rotating line-up of collaborators primarily drawn from Omaha’s indie music scene. Notable songs: Take it Easy; June on the West Coast; From a Balance Beam. 2. OKKERVIL RIVER An indie rock band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 1998, the band takes its name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya. Spearheaded by Will Sheff, the band is well-known for its intricate instrumentation, fast-paced lyrics and diverse sound. Notable songs: Black; Unless it’s Kicks; Red. 3. MAGNETIC FIELDS An American indie pop group founded and led by Stephen Merritt. Merritt is the group’s primary songwriter, vocalist and producer, as well as frequent multi-instrumentalist, and he is well-known as having a highly impressive range to his voice. Notable songs: World Love; Fear of Trains; Papa was a Rodeo. 4. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE An avant-garde, psychedelic band originally from Baltimore, but currently based in Lisbon and New York City. Animal Collective are renowned as having a truly original sound. Notable songs: Water Curses; Purple Bottle; My Girls. 5. PASSION PIT An American electropop band from Massachusetts. The band is the brainchild of Michael Angelakos (lead vocals, keyboards) and was formed in 2007. Passion Pit offer highly melodic pop tunes. Notable songs: Little Children; Cuddle Fuddle; Sleepyhead.
6. PEDRO THE LION
An indie rock band from Seattle. Singer-songwriter David Bazan formed the band in 1995 and represented its main creative force, backed by a varying rotation of collaborating musicians.
Notable songs: Big Trucks; A Simple Plan; Promise.
7. THE APPLES IN STEREO
An American indie rock band from Denver, Colorado. The band is a product of lead vocalist/guitarist Robert Schneider, who writes the majority of the band’s music and lyrics.
Notable songs: Play Tough; Dance Floor; Ruby.
8. BUILT TO SPILL
An Idaho-based indie rock band. The band has released seven full-length albums. The band are spearheaded by Doug Martsch, and are known for their catchy guitar hooks and melodies.
Notable songs: Liar; Strange; Sidewalk.
9. M. WARD
A singer-songwriter/band and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Oregon music scene. The band’s music varies from indie, folk and bluegrass to country, soul and blues.
Notable songs: Helicopter; Jailbird; Fuel for Fire.
10. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
An American-based dance-punk band from NYC. It is fronted by American singer-songwriter and producer James Murphy.
Notable songs: All I Want; Home; I Can Change.