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Alternative rock gems

Mike Mantin
 
Lesser Matters
Lesser Matters
"The best tunes of the year coated with a Kevin Shields fuzz. Essential."
You Forgot It in People
You Forgot It in People
"Beautiful, unpredictable and experimental music."
Chutes Too Narrow
Chutes Too Narrow
"Each of its 10 tracks is an indie-pop masterpiece. Insanely catchy."
Blueberry Boat
Blueberry Boat
"Amazing 8-minute tracks linked by some bizarre storyline. Bonkers and brilliant."
These Were the Earlies
These Were the Earlies
"Dreamy Flaming Lips-esque songs with dance elements."
The Concretes
The Concretes
"Cool and catchy Sweedish pop with a dark edge."
Untitled 5 Song Ep
Untitled 5 Song Ep
"Looks like the new Jeff Buckley, sounds like the new Bob Dylan. Great EP."
Since I Left You
Since I Left You
"Hundreds of samples thrown together to make innovative dance music."
Out Of The Shadow
Out Of The Shadow
"Not much new going on here, but Rogue Wave can pen a seriously good tune."
Let Go
Let Go
"It baffles me that these guys aren't in the indie Big League. Also check out their second album The Proximity Effect."
Transatlanticism
Transatlanticism
"Same goes for these guys. This is sensitive emo done properly."
The Lost Riots
The Lost Riots
"The best thing to come out of Chichester since... well, ever. Grand and luxurious music."
22-20s
22-20s
"Heavy blues-rock with storming singles. Can also do ballads."
The Decline Of British Sea Power
The Decline Of British Sea Power
"The album's a grower but you'll instantly like its finest tracks."
Free The Bees
Free The Bees
"Anyone who can't listen to Chicken Payback without dancing has a heart of stone."
The Futureheads
The Futureheads
"Now deservedly breaking into the mainstream. Great songwriting and killer guitars."
Little Thoughts/Tulips
Little Thoughts/Tulips
"A real alternative anthem already. They're going to be massive."
stellastarr*
stellastarr*
"Not just another cool NYC band. These guys can actually write songs."
Give Up
Give Up
"Everyone who listens to this finds it glued to their stereo. It's an electronic masterpiece."
The American Adventure
The American Adventure
"Brighton boys who write great melodies. Seem to have disappaered somewhere."
Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Good News For People Who Love Bad News
"More American alterna-pop. Includes the anthemic Float On."