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Whirr

Whirr is the name of at least two artists: 1. With their steady ebb and flow of warm, effects-laden sounds, northern California’s Whirr (Formerly Whirl) give the sounds of 90s shoegaze a widescreen update for the post-millennial era. The young sextet’s walls of lush guitars, breathy vocals, dreamy synth and thunderous drumming propel listening ears into a near-cinematic realm where instantly catchy melodies and emotional, enveloping atmospheres hang perfectly in the balance.

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The Church

The Church is an band which formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980. Initially linked in with acts of the period, their music later became largely defined by the interplay of guitarists Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes coupled with the abstract lyrics of bassist/singer Steve Kilbey. Their debut album, Of Skins And Heart (1981), earned them their first radio hit "The Unguarded Moment". They were originally signed to EMI's Parlophone label, but record company dissatisfaction led to them being dropped overseas, which limited their exposure early on.

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Heroes of Switzerland

Heroes of Switzerland are from Nottingham England and on more than one occasion have been described as "Guitar Messiahs". HoS we're first noticed back in late 2005 with the release of the Disposable Fiction EP, this saw them briefly classed as part of the whole "Nu Gazing" movement and compared to local bands like 'Amusement Parks on Fire & other UK bands in and around the Club AC30/Goonite scenes. The band supported :Lift to Experience mainman Josh Pearson in 2005 at a Club AC30 gig. The band released a single Wish It Away on AC30 in 2007.

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Mazzy Star

Mazzy Star is a 1990s dream pop/alternative band from Los Angeles. They formed in 1989, from the band Opal, a collaboration of guitarist David Roback and bassist Kendra Smith. Kendra Smith's friend Hope Sandoval became vocalist when Smith left the band. Mazzy Star is probably most famous for their song Fade Into You, which brought the band some success in the mid-1990s and was dream pop's biggest mainstream hit. Roback and Sandoval were the creative center of the band, with Sandoval writing most of the lyrics and Roback composing most of the music.

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The Starlets

The Starlets (US) The Starlets were a 1960's girl group that recorded for the legendary Chess label. The group started out as The Lovettes, before changing to The Gems. Dorothy Hucklebee, the lead vocal of The Starlets was a constant member though Vadine Harris and then Minnie Riperton were the main voices of the earlier incarnations.
The Starlets (UK) : based in glasgow, belonging nowhere, the starlets are a melancholy pop group with ambitions to be cheerful.

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SLOWOLF

SLOWOLF is the name of producer, singer & recording artist Andreas Asingh, rising from the cold north of Copenhagen. With his debut single See U In My Dreams, released in DK on May 7th 2012, SLOWOLF have already proven to be a one-to-watch on the Danish music scene. SLOWOLF brings you the epic sound of downtempo dream pop, black metal & hip hop, and his debut single entered the Danish iTunes Electronic Song Chart at #1 – as well as being chosen to the Pick of the Week on Danish National Radio (equivalent of Radio One).

Read more about SLOWOLF on Last.fm.

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Lilys

Lilys, led by singer/songwriter Kurt Heasley, are a notoriously difficult band to categorize. With an ever-evolving lineup, home base, and a sound that swings pendulum-like between My Bloody Valentine-influenced shoegazer and indie guitar pop, the answer to the question, "Who are the Lilys?" depends of the qualifiers of "when" and "where."
Along with Apples In Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control, Of Montreal and other bands, Lilys set much of the tone for the American East Coast rock scene in the 1990s

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Grimes

Grimes is the alias of Claire Boucher, a Montreal-based artist. Grimes fuses contemporary instrumentation with classical vocal practices from around the world. She recently released a cassette titled Geidi Primes on Arbutus. MySpace

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Fiel Garvie

Based in Norwich, England, Fiel Garvie is one of the United Kingdom's most enigmatic and innovative pop music ensembles. After a previous collaboration in the acclaimed quartet Passing Clouds in the early 1990s (Protect Your Paper Ears EP, Creation's Happy Reel EP), Anne Reekie and Adam Green formed Fiel Garvie in 1996, along with Greg MacDermott and Jude Bugden. MacDermott had previously played with Jane Pow! in the 1990s (and currently also plays with the Japanese-pop / art-punk outfit Hyper Kinako).

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