1. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band … Between the Ditches … 2012

    Out of southern Indiana foothills, playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone.

    RIYL Hank Williams III, The Avett Brothers, Mississippi John Hurt

     
     
  2. Deep Sea Diver … History Speaks … 2012

    Reminds me of Best Coast, Chastity Belt, and Camera Obscura rolled in a melodically delicious album, History Speaks.

     
     
  3. Tango in the Attic … Sellotape … 2012

    Four-piece offbeat indie pop band hailing from Glenrothes, Scotland. Punchy guitar lines and heavily distorted, melodic vocals.

     
     
  4. Blood Red Shoes … In Time to Voices … 2012

    Duo between two quickly-rising musicians, Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter. This is beautifully textured, yet has a breathing room that keeps it relaxed and full of exciting potential. I’m digging it.

    RIYL Band of Skulls, The Kills, My Bloody Valentine

     
     
  5. Sleepmakeswaves … …And So We Destroyed Everything … 2012

    Glittery, melodic post-rock in the same vein as Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and This Will Destroy You.  Dax Liniere produced, and the band is from Australia.