on first listen
dodos = zach condon + andrew bird + teensy, teensy, TEENSY specks of arcade fire and animal collective + CRUCIALLY this new indie-pop trend (i'm not saying it's a bad one) of nutting out for the hyperfied drummer (see also: vampire weekend and los campesinos!)
fleet foxes = romanticized version of that tinkly folk stuff on the fringes of the psyched-out 60s of whom i can name none but am sure exist + mamas and the papas and donovan...er, i mean FREAKFOLK + no hint of my morning jacket whatsoever + black mountain forced to make a wall of (sometimes pretty) harmonies instead of guitars
the ruby suns = to os mutantes what king sunny ade was to vampire weekend + so yeah, pretty far off + hey, hooky
life without buildings = knew they were glaswegian before i even looked it up + sounds like every glaswegian band i've ever heard + take from that what you will + also rainer maria
santogold = rapper what? + dance what? + this sounds like tegan and sara
times new viking = danceable garage noise + old matador - minus riffs + kinda fun yet doesn't at all sound like the thermals or superchunk + yet "we got rocket" sounds exactly like "new wave" by against me! + what could that mean?
fuck buttons = i has a keyboard + classier sounding than most spoiled and coddled douche minimalist acts + yet called "fuck buttons" hmm + oh wait the noise part just kicked in + ...nvm + yeah, please stop enabling
no age = only the newest and most talented of the dozens of bands that make deerhunter irrelevant + on second thought, they made themselves irrelevant
mgmt = one-hit wonders, i agree + but for "kids," not "time to pretend"