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Reef

The band members included Gary Stringer on vocals, Kenwyn House on guitar, Jack Bessant on bass and Dominic Greensmith on drums. Their second album, Glow, is ranked at number 26 in Kerrang!'s "100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" list.

Although most members of Reef have West Country connections, it wasn't until the four members met in London that the band was formed.

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Hold Steady

This is an incorrect tag for The Hold Steady, please check your tags. The Hold Steady are a Brooklyn-based musical group, although the members are from Minneapolis; something that is frequently reflected in the group's lyrics. Frontman Craig Finn was previously vocalist for Twin Cities band Lifter Puller. Their first album Almost Killed Me (2004) was a sleeper hit among music critics, later appearing at #31 in the influential Pazz & Jop listing in New York, New York's Village Voice. Some months later in May 2005, they were the first rock group to grace the Voice's front page in 15 years.

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The Auteurs

Unfairly dismissed as the egotrip of acclaimed songwriter Luke Haines, The Auteurs were one of the unsung bands of the mid-nineties britpop movement. Releasing their first record, New Wave, in 1993, the Auteurs were compared to Suede, and the resurgent glam-rock movement, and began to amass a reasonable cult following. 1994's second album, and commercial highlight, Now I'm A Cowboy, saw the band embracing at times a more contemporary sound, notably on the single Lenny Valentino, which probably remains Haines' best-known song.

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Akron

There is more than one artist with this name. 1) Akron is an Italian progressive rock band formed by EnioNicolini, bassist of The Black. They released two albums: "La signora del buio" in 1999 and "Il tempio di ferro" in 2003. 2) Akron is an electro-industrial band from Greece.

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Crash Jacket

Born out of a mutual love for hard hitting rock with a dusting of funk, dance and hip hop, Crash Jacket were formed in June 2010 as 'Tribal Suns' by Oliver Whitehead (Vocals, Guitar), Sean Barry (Lead Guitar), Adam Fletcher (Bass) and Joseph Glenn (Drums) with the aim to create highly energetic music to get your body moving and your heart pumping. After a couple of months locked away in a dingy rehearsal room, Crash Jacket were finally ready to play their first gig and did so at The Maze, Nottingham in September 2010.

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Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin is a modern songwriter, just like the Modern Rock Song by Belle & Sebastian. He uses samplers and synths on his songs, along with a cheap acoustic guitar and a cheap sounding voice. Walter Benjamin was born in the spring, although he doesn't remember where. He is now a member of Goodbye Toulouse, the Lisbon based folk collective, where he plays synths and samplers. Walter Benjamin is actually a piano player although noone has ever seen him play the piano.

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Uh Huh Her

The Los Angeles-based Uh Huh Her is the brainchild of musician/actress Leisha Hailey, formerly of alt-pop band The Murmurs, later reformed as Gush, who had starred on Showtime's hit series The L Word, and Camila Grey, bassist and keyboardist with lo-fi rock band Mellowdrone, who has also worked with Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Kelly Osbourne and Adam Lambert. Introduced through mutual friends, Hailey and Grey began making music together at the beginning of 2007, writing the emotionally charged electro-pop tunes that make up their first EP I See Red.

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Moose

There are two different bands listed here called Moose: 1) Moose, a British group formed in 1990, released several gauzy records through the decade. While often tagged as a shoegazer band, and certainly their earliest singles were, they evolved into something distinctly their own- a woozy, lush and orchestral brand of pop. They started with three eps on Hut Records, later released together as Sonny and Sam (the shoegaziest of their records, if you will). After a shakeup in the lineup, Moose found the making of what would ultimately be their sound with the release of .

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Cromwell's League

Melodic, emotional and Topical. Cromwell's League are aiming to inspire you, provoke you and make you sing along to every single word. Drawing on their influences - The Smiths, Interpol, Joy Division and many more, The League have found a little dark corner of Indie they can call their own. The dual vocals meld together into an beautiful cacophany of sound that will leave you humming reminiscently for weeks. With Powerful bass lines and stabbing guitars they will entertain and provoke you. Stylish, young and talented... "They're coming to a town near you..."

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The Organ Grinder's Monkey

The Organ Grinder’s Monkey is a musical collaboration between man and machine, an unholy alliance whose aim is to combine indie-rocking guitars with glitchy lo-fi electro beats and a dash of retro 8-bit synth. The duo consists of Benjamin Sane: a human who sings and plays guitar, and Bill Murray: the laptop computer who provides the rhythmical backdrop for his organic counterpart. “Stormy Weather” is the title of their latest EP, released in July of this year.

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