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1. Drag The River - Caleb's Grave
An often overlooked alt-country band from Colorado, these guys have put out some good records over the years. This is one of my favourite tracks of theirs from their new album 'You Can't Live This Way'. Video is 'Me and Joe Drove Out To California' from 'It's Crazy'.
2. Bowerbirds - In Our Talons
These guys are coming to Ireland in September for three shows so I'll write about them again before that. For now, here is one of their tracks from their debut record 'Hymns For A Dark Horse'.
3. J Roddy Walston & The Business - Stop Rip and Roll
Pure rock n roll band this track is off their album 'Hail Mega Boys'. Sound on the video isn't great but it'll give you an idea of what they're like.
4. The Postelles - 123 Stop
Harking back to the 60s for some of their rock/pop influences this New York quartet should make a big impact this year. Production by Albert Hammond Jr. will get them attention but their songs will make sure that attention is justified. A number of songs available to download on their MySpace.
5. Romantica - On My Mind
Singer/songwriter Ben Kyle has described Romantica as 'Irish Americana Pop', although not sure if there's much competition in that genre. He was born in Belfast before moving to Minneapolis in his teens. Has opened for Ryan Adams in the past and I'll feature a duet between the two next week.
6. Eddie Vedder - Society
Probably my favourite song of last year and one of my favourite albums. A really great artist and as much as I like Pearl Jam, this is my favourite Eddie Vedder record. Video is another track 'Guaranteed'
7. The Explorers Club - Do You Love Me
Another band looking back to the 60s for inspiration, these guys are from South Carolina and this track can be found on their album 'Freedom Wind' which Uncut gave five stars to.
8. The Bittersweets - Wreck
Alt-country trio with a new album coming out this year called 'Goodnight San Francisco'. Video is a live performance of 'When The World Ends' from last year.
9. Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus
No, not the Shakespeare play, this is a five piece rock n roll band from New Jersey. Their debut record 'The Airing Of Grievances' was released earlier this year to a lot of favourable reviews. I wasn't mad about all of the album but they have some good songs, with this one being my favourite.