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Bamboozle 2008: Five Bands That Broke Out

May 5, 2008 5:51 PM ET

TYGA
The younger cousin of Gym Class Heroes MC Travis McCoy, Tyga's rhymes are the product of someone with a passion for hip-hop and a pop sensibility, as perfectly excecuted in his remix of the Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah" and his current summertime single, "Coconut Juice."
Get It: Tyga's debut, No Introduction hits stores June 10th.

THE CAB
Judging by the overflowing crowd at their early evening Bamboozle set, the Cab's slick dance-rock sound has already scored a dedicated following. Blurring the line between post-Fall Out Boy emo and late '90s boy bands, the Cab's high-energy pop is radio-ready.
Get It: The Cab's debut, Whisper War came out last Tuesday.

ALL TIME LOW
The Maryland quartet have been steadily on the rise since their debut full-length came out last fall, propelled by tight harmonies and a battery of arena-sized hooks.
Get It: All Time Low's So Right, It's Wrong in stores now.

DR MANHATTAN
Dr Manhattan's spastic live performance involving a fur guitar strap, a spare bass drum to bang on and unending jumping. Even better is the carefully orchestrated cacophony, which is wild enough to give the band something unique but reigned in enough for a sing-a-long.
Get It: Dr. Manhattan is out now.

MAYDAY PARADE
Mayday Parade pairs hard-hitting guitars with vocals dripping with desperation for a sound that heads towards fiery pop rather than whiny drone. At Bamboozle, fans overflowed into the pit of the next stage, turning the mass of humanity into a dance party.
Get It: A Lesson in Romantics is out now.

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