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The band who stole the show at this year’s South By South­west fes­ti­val in Austin, Texas, White Denim trio should also be the band Ox­e­gen-go­ers will go home rav­ing about. Ex­pect slam-dunk, soul­ful, sleazy garage rock played by mae­stros who know all the right moves to make when it comes to mak­ing au­di­ences scream and shout. www.mys­pace.com/ bopenglish


Friendly Fires play the kind of spikey indie-disco which ev­ery­one goes loo-lah for at events like this. In­flu­enced by ev­ery­thing from early bare-bones house to un­der­ground post-rock, their work with pro­ducer Paul Ep­worth has al­ready pro­duced one or two pay-offs of note, in­clud­ing Paris. www.mys­pace.com/ friend­ly­fires


The Met­ros are a quar­tet of punky urchins from Peck­ham in south Lon­don who do a fine line in yelpy rock which owes a debt or a pint to clas­sic Bri­tish sounds of the 1980s. Their songs about geezers, AS­BOs and bad schools will re­mind you of youth­ful Weller or the bounce of Mad­ness. They’ve al­ready spent a sea­son on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit so they know what’s ahead. www.themet­ros.com


While the name may sound like the latest US indie flick hit (“think Juno meets Side­ways with a bit of Mys­tery Train thrown in”), Noah & The Whale ac­tu­ally pro­duce cute-as-pie pop. The Lon­don folkies have a good han­dle on this par­tic­u­lar prod­uct as ex­cel­lent tunes like 5 Years Time and Shape of My Heart demon­strate. www.mys­pace.com/ noa­handthe­whale


Now that Aus­tralia is un­der their thumb, it’s time for Europe to show some love to Sparka­dia. With their de­but album Post­cards get­ting the once-over from pro­ducer Ben Hil­lier, Sparka­dia have a whole bunch of crafted, ma­ture indie-pop tunes to throw at the masses at fes­ti­vals like this. www.sparka­dia.com


He is, as you will all learn, a Brum­mie singer-song­writer with a pow­er­ful set of pipes on him. Twen­tysome­thing Bryn Christo­pher knows that old-fash­ioned soul mu­sic never went of fash­ion, es­pe­cially when it’s ap­plied to fancy songs like The Quest which Sam Cooke might have taken a han­ker­ing to if he was still around. www.mys­pace.com/ bryn­christo­pher


Ir­ish au­di­ences can ex­pect to see a lot more of Kiwi with an Ir­ish pass­port Liam Finn in the com­ing months. He’s in­tro­duc­ing his de­but album I’ll Be Light­ning to au­di­ences world­wide at present, a fine col­lec­tion of be­guil­ing, heart­felt tunes. And yes, he’s from the same Finn fam­ily which pro­duced Crowded House and Split Endz. www.liamfinn.tv


A big ol’ gig for the Dublin funk-rock out­fit, but their fan­base will tell you that they are more than equal to the task. They’ve plenty of live ex­pe­ri­ences un­der their belts al­ready, in­clud­ing sup­ports to Thin Lizzy and an ap­pear­ance at last year’s Knock­an­stockan fes­ti­val in Co Wick­low (they go back there for more in Au­gust). www.mys­pace. com/ leopoldire­land

White Denim: garage-rock mae­stros

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