So every year New York City alt-weekly, The L Magazine (full disclosure: I used to write for them) comes out with a list of 8 NYC bands to watch. They have like scary ESP. Last year they listed VK faves The Pains of Being Pure at Heart who blew up the blogosphere. And the year before they included some little band called Vampire Weekend. Maybe you've heard of them.
Well The L stumped us this time around. Here's the 2009's 8:
Emanuel & the Fear
We've only vaguely, sorta heard of these bands, though another VK fave Dinosaur Feathers did get an honorable mention. So yeah, you can tell all your cool kid friends you heard of them here first.
Check out the full article here
And while we know very, very little about these 8, we're betting they're damn good. We also did minimal research (aka quick google searches) and to provide you with a sample of two of these bands whom we think sound promising according to our ears, not just our L-reading eyes.
Still Only You - pow wow!
Quick, catchy, lo-fi with tambourine, which is how we like our lo-fi, thank you very much! You'll feel like you've known this song your whole life.
p.s. - that's a good thing
The Rain Becomes the Clouds - Emanuel and The Fear
There are 11 people in this band, and it sure does sound it. Not a is person wasted, this is some epic orchestrally indie rock.