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EL­LIOT MI­NOR

Classical mu­sic’s loss may be rock mu­sic’s gain some day as El­liot Mi­nor shuns orches­tras and con­duc­tors in favour of hair gel, scarves and big-ka­hoona rock. Watch­ing the York young­sters on­stage, you may won­der whether this is what you’d get if Muse, Flat Out Boy and Queen col­lided in a bizarre gar­den­ing ac­ci­dent. www.mys­pace.com/el­liot­mi­nor

ROYWORLD

A band who find so­lace in sounds to re­mind bud­ding mu­si­col­o­gists of such en­dan­gered species as Sim­ple Minds and Mar­il­lion, Royworld are proof that his­tory does - un­for­tu­nately - re­peat it­self. www.mys­pace. com/roy­worldthe­band

JOE LEAN AND THE JING JANG JONG

Joe Lean and The Jing Jang Jong (be­low) are the latest bunch of lightweights to be hailed as the Next Big Thing by peo­ple who should re­ally know bet­ter. www.mys­pace. com/joe­leanandthe­jing­jangjong

BLACK KIDS

Some­times all it takes is just one song and, in the case of the thrilling Black Kids from Jack­sonville, Florida, their cur­rent call­ing card (and it’s bet­ter than any­thing Hall­mark can of­fer) is I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You. If that doesn’t work for you, search out the other ter­rific skyscrap­ing pop songs they have on their Par­tie Trau­matic album www.mys­pace. com/black­kid­srock

AL­PHABEAT

For­get any prior en­coun­ters with Dan­ish pop (Aqua?) and feast your eyes and ears on the pop de­lights of Al­phabeat (be­low). They are six Dan­ish kids hav­ing the ride of their lives on a high-en­ergy, dayglo pop roller­coaster. Check out their This Is Al­phabeat album for the full depth of what they’re ca­pa­ble of. www.mys­pace. com/thi­sisal­phabeat

IDA MARIA

You’re go­ing to love Ida Maria Sivert­sen, a Nor­we­gian pop princess who deals in dra­matic, de­li­cious and in­tense tunes like she’s au­di­tion­ing to be a screen­writer on a new take of Six Feet Un­der. www.mys­pace.com/idamaria

YEASAYER

Join­ing the dots be­tween Sil­ver Ap­ples and Talk­ing Heads, Yeasayer are as keen on arty rock as they are on weird­beard ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Tunes like Sun­rise and 2080, with their shim­mer­ing gui­tars, sitars, chil­dren’s choirs, com­mu­nal chant­ing and free­wheel­ing rav­ing, will have you un­der their spell. www.mys­pace.com/yeasayer

HOLY FUCK

What’s so at­ten­tion-grab­bing about th­ese Toronto groovers is not so much that name as the band’s sure-fire abil­ity to swag­ger and swerve along that line where DIY punk and elec­tron­ics meet for a bit of a shuf­fle. www.mys­pace.com/holy­fuck

MIND­LESS SELF IN­DUL­GENCE

Meet Jimmy Urine, Steve Rich?, Lyn-Z and Kitty, four New York rock­ers on a mis­sion to make you rock like the sweaty, smelly beasts you will be by day two of Ox­e­gen 2008. www.mind­less­selfind­ul­gence. com

CAGE THE ELE­PHANT

They’re a bunch of kids from deep­est Ken­tucky who spent most of their youth liv­ing in a Chris­tian hippy com­mu­nity. Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that the devil may have a few tunes worth hear­ing, they dis­cov­ered Led Zep­pelin, Pix­ies and the Rolling Stones. Th­ese days, the live shows are said to re­sem­ble a trip to the cir­cus with­out the clowns. www.mys­pace.com/ cageth­eele­phant

SERGEANT

Jan­gling gui­tars? Check. Big riffs from the Age of Baggy? Check. Cocky vo­cals which sound even bet­ter if the singer sings with his arms be­hind his back? Check. Al­ready in­evitably cham­pi­oned by Alan McGee, Scot­tish rock­ers Sergeant fit in that clas­sic Bri­tish indie mould, shaped by the La’s, Stone Roses and Oa­sis. K-OK is the song to hang around to hear. www.mys­pace. com/sergeant­mu­sic

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