On March 22, Toronto electronic band Holy Fuck is the musical act most talked about by bloggers represented on The Hype Machine. Other top acts include power-pop band Big Star, which formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1971, and Texas chillwave band Neon Indian.
Big Star, which internet music guide Allmusic calls the "quintessential American power pop band" and "one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll," broke up in 1974 and reformed 20 years later with a new lineup. The band is in the blogs following the March 17 death of lead singer Alex Chilton, who had performed with the band since 1971. Bloggers are sharing a range of mp3s in honor of the late artist, including clips from a March 21 tribute concert held on the final night of the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where the remaining Big Star band members were joined by performers M. Ward of She & Him, Curt Kirkwood or the Meat Puppets, Evan Dando, and REM's Mike Mills.
Also getting buzz in the blogs this week is Passion Pit, an electronic band from Cambridge, Massachusetts. The band's presense in the blogosphere is mostly thanks to a variety of remixes of music from the band's 2009 album,
Manners, which is due to be reissued on April 13 as a deluxe edition in the US and Canada. Bloggers are accompanying that news with a variety of remixes; among the most popular mp3s being shared is a version of "Sleepyhead" by Cassette Club.
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on March 22 at 10:30 AM GMT (with change in position from March 18):
• Holy Fuck (+1)
• Big Star (new)
• Neon Indian (-2)
• MGMT (unchanged)
• Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (-4)
• Passion Pit (new)
• Twin Sister (new)
• Wye Oak (-1)
• Happy Birthday (new)
• Hot Chip (new)
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.