Most blogged artists: Yeasayer, Hot Chip, Midlake

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On February 8, the blogs are buzzing about Brooklyn experimental rock band Yeasayer, according to The Hype Machine. Canadian electronic musician Caribou and San Diego post-rock project The Album Leaf round out the top three.

Also getting mention Monday is British electropop band Hot Chip, which released its album One Life Stand on February 1 (out February 9 in the US). The new album includes the band's single "Alley Cats," which Naïve Harmonies ( calls "a quiet beauty, comfortable with itself, there for anyone who can slow down enough to listen closely... ." Hot Chip is due to begin a Europe/US tour on February 12.

Texas rock band Midlake is in the blogs following the release of its third album, The Courage of Others. Formed in 1999, the band has gained popularity with its performances at European and US music festivals, including Wintercase, End of the Road, and South by Southwest, as well as through its critically acclaimed studio albums. In contrast to the "catchier, more upbeat side of the band," says Bradley's Almanac (, "'The Courage Of Others' is a drastically moodier affair - the band takes a fair amount of risk within the sonic box they've placed themselves in."

The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on February 8 at 10:00 AM GMT:

• Yeasayer
• Caribou
• The Album Leaf
• Phoenix
• Lo-Fi-Fnk
• Massive Attack
• Beach House
• Hot Chip
• Midlake
• Joanna Newsom

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.