Most blogged artists: The National, Two Door Cinema Club, Avi Buffalo

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Brooklyn indie band The National continues to be the most popular act in the blogosphere on April 16, as bloggers pass around the track "Afraid of Everyone" off upcoming album High Violet. Dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem and indie band Deer Tick remain in second and third place, according to The Hype Machine, while Two Door Cinema Club is climbing the list and Avi Buffalo is new to the top ten.

Two Door Cinema Club is an electro-pop indie band from Northern Ireland that released its debut album Tourist History on March 1 in the UK and Ireland (its North American release is set for May 3). Bloggers are sharing a remix by The Twelves of the band's track "Something Good Can Work," part of a new compilation album released by the band's French label, Kitsuné Maison. Due out April 26 on all major digital platforms, the album includes tracks by Penguin Prison, Jamaica, Yuksek, Monarchy, and Crookers.

Avi Buffalo is Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, an 18-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Long Beach, California; it is also the name of the musical project he leads and that band's debut album, due out April 27 on Sub Pop Records. Avi Buffalo's track "What's In It For?" has just been released as a 7" single. The KEXP blog ( writes, "The structure of the song is deceitfully simple, yet carries you away for slightly more than five minutes with little waves of inventive guitar lines and bent melodies. Isenberg's vocals are nasally and weathered in a Neil Young-ish sort of way, and evokes the image of a singer far beyond Isenberg's 19 years old."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on April 16 at 10:30am GMT:

• The National (unchanged)
• LCD Soundsystem (unchanged)
• Deer Tick (unchanged)
• Crystal Castles (+3)
• Two Door Cinema Club (+5)
• Beach House (-2)
• Owen Pallett (-1)
• Fol Chen (-3)
• The Tallest Man On Earth (unchanged)
• Avi Buffalo (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.