Most blogged artists: Best Coast, Panda Bear, The Clientele

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Los Angeles duo Best Coast is the most popular musical act in the blogosphere on July 15, as recorded by The Hype Machine. The musicians are generating buzz as they prepare the July 27 release of debut full-length album Crazy for You. Los Angeles indie band Local Natives and Canadian art rock group Women are in second and third, while Panda Bear and The Clientele are new to the top ten.

Panda Bear is Noah Lennox, an experimental musician who is also the founding member of the band Animal Collective. The artist has a third album, called Tomboy, due out in the fall, and is building up to the release with the issue of several singles. The first, "Tomboy/Slow Motion," was just released on CD and quickly sold out, and bloggers are now passing around a digital version of the B-side song, "Slow Motion," which The Citizen Insane ( calls " almost trip-hop sounding." The A-side track will be available on iTunes beginning July 20.

The Clientele, a London-based indie band, became a blogger favorite with the release of Bonfires on the Heath in 2009. The band is now planning the release of a limited-edition eight-song "mini-album," called Minotaur, on August 31, and is now sharing the track "Jerry" from that album. The New Gay ( comments on a change from the band's "slow moving indie rock sound," writing "'Jerry' begins like most Clientele tracks, but explodes into aggressive guitar solo mid-way through the track before falling back into place." Stereogum ( also says the track "gets surprisingly aggressive in parts. 'Aggressive' for a Clientele song."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on July 15 at 11:00am GMT (with change from July 13):

• Best Coast (+3)
• Local Natives (unchanged)
• Women (+3)
• M.I.A. (-1)
• Korallreven (+2)
• Panda Bear (new)
• Dominant Legs (re-entry)
• The Clientele (new)
• School Of Seven Bells (re-entry)
• The Drums (-1)

Launched in 2005, The Hype Machine aggregates information from more than 1,000 music blogs worldwide. Known for identifying up-and-coming artists, the site enables music fans to easily find out what music is hot in the blogosphere and to instantly hear and buy mp3s.