Hype Monitor: Amazing Baby (With "Bayonets" Download), France Has the Bomb and P.O.S.


The Band: Amazing Baby
The Buzz: Witness the reinvention of glam rock: sighed vocals, sizzling riffs and sky-high choruses, all delivered with the perfect amount of prissiness.
Listen If: You've seen Velvet Goldmine more than twice, or always wished Marc Bolan sang for Roxy Music.
Key Track: "Bayonets," where disco strings get tangled up in rock guitars to sublime results.

The Band: France Has the Bomb
The Buzz: The new sound of Minneapolis! Rocketing tempos, right-angle guitars and ragged-throated vocals.
Listen If: What matters to you is the melody, not the fidelity.
Key Track: "Grim Trigger," which strolls along on a dapper bassline and contains all the fine pout of early '90s emo — the good kind.

The Artist: P.O.S.
The Buzz: The other new sound of Minneapolis! Speed-of-light rhyming runs wild over fantastically dusky production, pulling the classic sound of hip-hop forcefully into the future.
Listen If: Your biggest problem with Das EFX and Bone Thugs N Harmony is that they don't rhyme fast enough.
Key Track: Explosive first single "Drumroll," where P.O.S. narrates the apocalypse over a beat that sounds like 400 horses having seizures.

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