Best New Local Band Transplanted From the Midwest 

Simultaneously reminding you of a half-century's worth of pop music and trapping you with their undeniable moxie, Indiana transplants Y-O-U have spent the last year rocking the socks off Atlanta. With a delicious and wonderfully accessible palette of power-pop featuring all the trimmings -- straightforward, evocative guitar solos; driving rhythms; ethereal harmonies; smooth falsetto -- the band is an almost ubiquitous presence in the Atlanta scene. The group's seemingly constant performing has served it well, as live is where Y-O-U truly excel -- from the matching suits, to the arena-rock gestures, to the mounds of stage presence.

After making a splash (and an album) in the U.K. this spring, local post-garage rockers THE HISS look poised to break out in America. But rather than taking credit for having been hip to the group from the start, we'll keep our hipster credibility intact by crowing that the Hiss has "sold out." Trouble is, the group's white-hot import, Panic Movement, can't seem to find a way out of our CD player.


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