On February 26, Canadian rock band Broken Social Scene continues to be the most blogged act of the moment, according to The Hype Machine, with Canadian/American indie supergroup The New Pornographers and Swedish rock band Shout Out Louds following close behind. Among bands breaking into the top ten are Club 8 and Efterklang.
Swedish indie pop duo Club 8 has grown in popularity with its six studio albums, most recently 2007's The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming. The band's next album, The People's Record, is due out in May, and the duo is getting mention with the release of "Western Hospitality" from that album. The New Gay (thenewgay.net) reviews, "The track has heavy Brazilian influences, catchy ‘Oh, Oh' backing vocals and a sound not unlike the last Camera Obscura record."
Efterklang is an indie pop-rock group from Copenhagen. The band's most recent album, Magic Chairs, was released on February 22, and bloggers are sharing tracks from that album, including first single "Modern Drift." Knox Road (www.knoxroad.com) says, " Magic Chairs works very well as an album as long as you're willing to sacrifice your inherent affinity for hooks and structure (assuming you have such affinities)."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on February 26 at 10:00 AM GMT:
• Broken Social Scene
• The New Pornographers (+3)
• Shout Out Louds (-1)
• The Morning Benders
• White Hinterland (-2)
• Club 8 (new)
• Gorillaz (+3)
• Efterklang (new)
• Beach House (-1)
• Shearwater (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.