Most blogged artists: The National LCD Soundsystem, Beach House

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Brooklyn indie band The National is the most blogged act of the moment on April 15, according to The Hype Machine. The group is getting buzz as bloggers share "Afraid of Everyone," another track from upcoming album High Violet. Dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem and indie band Deer Tick are in second and third place.

LCD Soundsystem, headed by New York producer James Murphy, is due to release its third album This is Happening in mid-May. As of April 14, the band is offering the album to stream for free on its website, and reviews of the new offering are just beginning to emerge in the blogosphere.

Dream-pop duo Beach House is back in a top spot on The Hype Machine for the first time since February, when the band members - Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand - announced plans to release a limited edition four-song 12", called Zebra EP, in support of Record Store Day on April 17. In anticipation of the release, the duo is offering "Zebra" as a free download and the new song "The Arrangement" for free streaming.

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on April 15 at 11:00am GMT:

• The National (+1)
• LCD Soundsystem (+1)
• Deer Tick (-2)
• Beach House (re-entry)
• Fol Chen (-1)
• Owen Pallett (unchanged)
• Crystal Castles (unchanged)
• The Futureheads (+1)
• The Tallest Man On Earth (+1)
• Two Door Cinema Club (-2)

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.