* The School, Let It Slip -- No, it's not a new track from Camera Obscura, but they sure sound like it. The School is another in a long line of band's that hard to find if you google them. In any event, this Cardiff seven-piece have the same look, feel, smell as Camera, but still have some fine, memorable tracks.
* Pants Yell!, Tried to be Good -- And shirts scream. Hailing for Cambridge, Mass., this Oxford-pop band are in the new breed of preppy indie bands.
* Spanish Prisoners, Some Among Them Are Killers -- A local band creeping up on the scene, they opened up for Jack Penate over at Union Hall the other week. Make sure to check out, "God Does His Laundry."
* Sweet Divines, HoneyThistle -- The Dansettes are no more. So like Uncle Tupelo, the former members created separate bands. Jamie & Leah formed the Nouvellas, while Jennie formed this band, The Sweet Divines. Both are in the old school soul vein.
* Fanfarlo, Sand and Ice -- Bill from SoundBites turned me onto this U.K. band. David Bowie gave them a ringing endorsement recently. Imagine if Jonathan Richman fronted Belle & Sebastian and you got the sound.
* My Sad Captains, Bad Decisions -- I love the name of this band. More happy sounding songs about feeling bad.
* Viva Stereo, Diatribe -- A little electronic rock mixed in here from this Glasgow outfit.
* Hey Willpower, Hundredaire -- More lo-fi dance pop, this time from San Francisco.
* The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Teenage Kicks -- Come on, with a name like that, isn't it worth two minutes of your time? I tried to get an .mp3 of their version of "Shaft" but couldn't find it.
* Laura Groves, I Am Living -- Great sound on this new face from the U.K. Think Laura Veirs with an accent.