Not So Silent Night: Which One Of These Local Bands Should Share a Stage with the Smashing Pumpkins?
IAMEMPIRE (San Jose): Emo-y agit-metal, mall-safe and with cocksure guitar solos.
Sentinel (Oakland): "Sweet indie dream music for your ears," according to Myspace -- as opposed to that sweet indie dream music for your armpits, we guess. Female vocals, twinkling pianos, and, uh, sweetness.
New Cadence (San Ramon): No music online that we could find, but, like us, this group is from San Ramon, so take that how you will.
Northern Son (San Jose): Radio-friendly pop-folk-rock with effusively sincere lyrics.
Finish Ticket (Alameda) Melodic indie-pop with hooks to spare, rabid vocals, and songs that move faster than a sexually frustrated 15-year-old can bounce his leg.
The Trophy Fire (San Francisco) Gleaming, carefully crafted pop-rock with piano aplenty and emo lyrics.
Mister Loveless (San Francisco) A brooding, goth-y take on modern rock. (For full disclosure, read our feature on the band.)
Beta State (Los Gatos): More adolesecent angst/insecurity melded to loud-quiet-loud dynamics, hugely growling guitar chords, and yelping youngster vowels.
Kid Savant (San Francisco): Like Coldplay, but with more synths and even more girly vocals -- at least on one song. Other songs remind us of Interpol and Hot Chip, which is a lot of territory to cover. Also: props on the use of auto tune, guys.
The Soft White Sixties (San Francisco): It's still 1969 where these guys live, and Altamont hasn't happened yet.
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