Top five Brooklyn bands you should know about

From recent crossover sensations including MGMT, Vampire Weekend and Scissor Sisters to the weirder musical offerings of Battles, Grizzly Bear and Yeasayer, Brooklyn continues to deserve its rep as New York's hub of hipster creativity. Here are five more acts to name-drop.

 

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1. Extra Life

 Polyrthmic indie with dark lyrical themes and industrial metal-tinged riffs. Singer Charlie Looker’s warbling, medieval mantras are as chilling as they are exciting. Myspace.com/extralifetheband

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2. Dirty Projectors

Though they've been around for a good six years, lead singer Dave Longstreth and his tribe have churned up a new legion of followers as well as a hearty dose of media buzz with this year’s Bitte Orca LP. It's more accessible than their previous records, but still inventively avant-garde.  Myspace.com/dirtyprojectors

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3. Dragons of Zynth 

Awkwardly rhythmic, their sound could be described as claustrophobic trip-hop meets lovelorn soul. This is TV On The Radio post mash-up and less aware of their own brilliance. Myspace.com/dragonsofzynth

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4. High Places

 Bizarrely digestible laptop loops overhang ambient, melodic vocals. More sedating than Boards Of Canada and not a world removed from the off-kilter, twisted sounds of The Microphones. Myspace.com/hellohighplaces

 

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5. St Vincent

 Once a member of The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens' touring band, St Vincent’s Annie Clarke makes music shrouded in mystery. Shimmering, clinically-plotted pop melodies are contrasted with uber-violent noise rock riffs, a musical equivalent of The Wizard of Oz’s bizarrely paradoxical first twenty minutes. Myspace.com/stvincent

Jack Mills