Most blogged artists: Wolf Parade, Ratatat, School of Seven Bells

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Montreal indie rock band Wolf Parade is the most blogged musical act on The Hype Machine on May 11, generating buzz in the time leading up to the late June release of its album Expo 86. New York City electronic duo Ratatat (sometimes styled as R@@@) has climbed into the number two spot, while Brooklyn noise pop band Sleigh Bells is in third.

Ratatat (guitarist Mike Stroud and producer/synthesizer and bass player Evan Mast) formed in 2001 and has released three studio albums on XL recordings, as well as two volumes of remixes. The band is due to release LP4 on June 8 and has just offered up "Party With Children" as a single from that album. The track features several spoken word interludes and the duo has called it "weirder" than its previous work. AWmusic ( writes, "Whimsical and charming were the first words that came to mind upon first listen, but this is almost expected from the New York duo. Ratatat...have always combined some sort of quaint quality within the usually rough electronic genre."

New in the day's top ten is School of Seven Bells, a three-piece 'dream pop' band from New York that includes a set of identical twins. The band's second album, Disconnect from Desire, is due out June 12, and a first track, "Babelonia," is making its way around the blogosphere. Indie Music Filter ( says the track "seems to fit directly where the band left off with 2008's critically acclaimed record Alpinisms. ...I'm already hearing the infectious harmonies...Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, and their dreamy/catchy hooks."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on May 11 at 10:00am GMT (with change in position from May 5):

• Wolf Parade (+1)
• Ratatat (new)
• Sleigh Bells (-2)
• Broken Social Scene (re-entry)
• School Of Seven Bells (new)
• The New Pornographers (+3)
• Ellie Goulding (re-entry)
• Male Bonding (new)
• Crystal Castles (-1)
• Gorillaz (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.