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cmj kicks off next week. here are five must-see bands.

by: ellen carpenter

October 15 2010

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Grouplove - "Naked Kids"
Yes, we've included pop-rock quintet Grouplove on here before...but we're featuring them again! Why? Because we can't wait to see them open for our favorite band Two Door Cinema Club next week!

Yuck - "Suicide Policeman"
WIth their beautiful, hazy pop songs, Yuck are about as far from yucky as you can get (doesn't that seem more like a Chinese death metal name?). The London quartet just signed to Fat Possum and are releasing their debut full-length early next year... but you can hear the new tracks next week when they open for Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Bad Books - "You Wouldn't Have to Ask"
Manchester Orchestra's Mean Everything to Nothing was one of our favorite albums of 2009, so we were pretty psyched to hear that frontman Andy Hull teamed up with singer-songwriter Kevin Devine for a new pop-minded rock band. This breezy confection (it's less than two minutes long) is all we've heard so far, but we're sold.

How to Dress Well -- "Decisions feat. Yüksel Arslan"
If Jonsi took vocal lessons from Mariah Carey and then had Salem produce his new album, it would sound a little something like this. We're curious to see how this is going to work live.

Morning Teleportation - "Expanding Anyway"
Isaac Brock signed these psychedelic Portland, Oregon, rockers to his label, which, after listening to this spazzy, noodle-y track, makes a lot of sense. What can we say-- we're suckers for any song with a group chorus of nothing but "la la la."

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