What The Voters Say: "With a little bit of Pixies dust, a dash of Beck drawl, and some Neil Young guitar passion, First Prize Killers' warm mix of country, rock, and pop conjures the familiar. But on their first full- length release, The Powdery Parade, they quickly become unforgettable, owning their sound and their auspicious future. The best bit: These men are so refreshingly un- hipsterfied, you may have trouble recognizing them as local rock musicians." -- Brianna Riplinger, freelance writer
Tiki Obmar (17)
GENRE: DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC BLEEPS?
What The Voters Say:"Call it what you will: live IDM, laptop-enhanced lounge, or just a logical coming of age for young men with prodigious jazz chops, thoroughly composted imaginations, and no interest whatsoever in paying their remaining dues to the preening, clue-deficient denizens of yupster havens. One thing is apparent: The unbeatable lightness of Tiki Obmar's musical bearing hinges on the fact that they're strippers--at least in the focused, nuanced way they peel off layer after layer of their intricate compositions so relentlessly that, after a few minutes, you can almost see the individual electrons darting among band members' synapses." --Rod Smith
10. Luke's Angels (16)
GENRE: BABES IN BOYLAND
What The Voters Say:"This three- gals-and-a-guy outfit packs in surf-pop pep like a crowded Beetle beach-bound on a sunny Saturday. Imagine the Breeders in their heyday: Drummer Jamie Bollman's upswing rhythm cries, "Tequila!"; dual vocalists Amy Carson and Jennie Kalpin serve up the requisite "ooh-ah" harmonies; lead guitarist Melissa Kalpin is too busy crafting that full-throttle punk lick to sing. Their eponymous debut befits both an Indian summer top-down cruise and a late- night bar crawl. Beware of head-bob whiplash." --Kate Silver, freelance writer