Sleeper Agent

WHO 18-year-old firecracker Alex Kandel joined the garage-pop band after guitarist Tony Smith, 25, heard her music on MySpace in 2009. "We balance each other out," she says of Smith. "He knows how to push me into uncomfortable situations to make me challenge myself."

SOUND Zippy riffs and humongous sing-along choruses with shades of Weezer's classic Nineties hits. "I remember singing 'The Sweater Song' to myself when I was seven years old on a fourwheeler," Kandel says.

BIG APPLE When Kandel was 13, her mom took her to her first concert – Fiona Apple in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "I was blown away," she recalls. "I recently found a diary I had written after the show, saying, 'That's what I want to do.' "

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