Most blogged artists: Sleigh Bells, The Dead Weather, Ganglians

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Brooklyn noise pop band Sleigh Bells is the most blogged musical act on The Hype Machine on May 17, having released its debut album, Treats, on May 11. Indie rock group The National and Sri Lankan-born rapper M.I.A. are in second and third, while The Dead Weather and Ganglians are among the newest additions to the top ten.

The Dead Weather is a Nashville-based rock supergroup made up of former White Stripes guitarist Jack White, Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs. The band's second studio album, Sea of Cowards, was released in mid-May, and bloggers are sharing the album's first single, "Die By the Drop," as well as a variety of other tracks from the release. Knox Road ( writes of the album, " The songs are focused squarely on the heavy, pulsing riffs and steady, continuous drumming. Whenever an organ or additional guitar lick come into the sound, it's just icing."

Ganglians, a psychedelic rock band from Sacramento, California, has just released a new demo song titled "My House" that is being passed around the blogosphere. The group is about to embark on a European tour and is rumored to be working on a second album, which would be a follow-up to 2009's Monster Head Room. The Photon God ( calls the new track "a pretty catchy pop tune following in the footsteps of the band's last single, the surf-rockish 'Blood On The Sand.'"


The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on May 17 at 10:00am GMT:

• Sleigh Bells (+2)
• The National (-2)
• M.I.A. (-1)
• The Chemical Brothers (+1)
• The Dead Weather (+3)
• Yeasayer (re-entry)
• Ganglians (new)
• Male Bonding (-2)
• Mountain Man (-2)
• Phantogram (re-entry)

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.