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MUTTS

Lost Lander

Mutts play a gritty, heavy and dark brand of Americana and have a great deal of fun while doing it. Formed back in 2009, the band has gone through several line-ups since. However, the core of the trio has always been the Keys and Vocals of Mike Maimone and the Bass of Bob Buckstaff.


DRIFTLESS PONY CLUB

The most rocking pony club in history had definitely a great 2011, which saw the release of the well received 4th album Buckminster back in February (inspired to the work of american inventor Buckminster Fuller), a couple of big tours, and the release of several great videos that reinforce the quirky side fo the group. Driftless Pony Club offer a complex amalgama of indie rock, great melodies delivered casually (a la' Pavement) and rock'n'roll energy.


SHARPLESS



Indie rockers Sharpless blend crooked melodies a la Modest Mouse with uplifting and dense choruses. The band's scruffy (but not sloppy) attitude is reminiscent of The Pixies and Pavement and represents their most charming quality. Their debut album "Sharpless (+<)" is a strong collection of great indie rock songs.

 
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CHICAGO POLL FULL RESULTS
 
Artist
J
OS

F

TOTAL
 
1
Mutts
3
1
0.008
4.008
2
Driftless Pony Club
 
1
3
4
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3
Sharpless
 
3
0.517
3.517
icon
4
Hemmingbirds
3
 
0.064
3.064
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5
Sissy Mena
 
3
0.053
3.053
icon
6
Rabble Rabble
 
3
0.048
3.048
icon
7
Photographers
3
 
0.037
3.037
icon
8
Island of Misfit Toys
3
 
0.021
3.021
icon
9
The Super Happy Fun Club
3
 
0.016
3.016
icon
10
E+
3
 
0.013
3.013
icon
11
Apteka
3
 
0.008
3.008
icon
12
Dastardly
3
 
0.008
3.008
icon
13
Disappears
3
 
0.007
3.007
icon
14
Canasta
3
 
0.006
3.006
icon
15
Gold Motel
3
 
0.006
3.006
icon
 
Radar Eyes
3
 
0.006
3.006
icon
17
Kids These Days
3
 
0.004
3.004
icon
18
Daniel Knox
3
 
0.002
3.002
icon
19
I:Scintilla
 
1
2
3
icon
20
Secret Colours
2
 
1
3
icon
21
The Steepwater Band
 
1.5
1.5
3
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22
Soft Speaker
2
 
0.254
2.254
icon
23
Milano
 
2
0.141
2.141
icon
 
Hidden Hospitals
1
1
0.093
2.093
icon
25
Jerome Holloway
2
 
0.037
2.037
icon
26
Little Light
2
 
0.028
2.028
icon
27
White Mystery
2
 
0.022
2.022
icon
 
Chaperone
2
 
0.01
2.01
icon
29
Scattered Trees
2
 
0.009
2.009
icon
30
YAWN
2
 
0.007
2.007
icon
 
Cross Record
2
 
0.006
2.006
icon
32
Unicycle Loves You
2
 
0.004
2.004
icon
 
The Kickback
 
2
0.002
2.002
icon
34
Valis
2
 
0.002
2.002
icon
35
Textbook
2
 
0.001
2.001
icon
36
Paper Thick Walls
 
1.5
0.174
1.674
icon
 
Oy Vey
 
1.5
0.002
1.502
icon
 
Good Evening
 
1
0.284
1.284
icon
 
Rock Falls
1
 
0.082
1.082
icon
40
The Sweeps
 
1
0.044
1.044
icon
41
The Noise FM
1
 
0.035
1.035
icon
42
Michael Lux & The Bad Sons
 
1
0.021
1.021
icon
43
Secret Science
 
1
0.018
1.018
icon
44
Briar Rabbit
1
 
0.017
1.017
icon
45
Go Long Mule
 
1
0.011
1.011
icon
46
Russian Circles
1
 
0.011
1.011
icon
47
Bare Mutants
1
 
0.009
1.009
icon
48
How To Dress Well
1
 
0.008
1.008
icon
49
Musikanto
1
 
0.006
1.006
icon
50
Running
1
 
0.005
1.005
icon
51
oshwa
 
1
0.003
1.003
icon
 
Lagos
 
1
0.002
1.002
icon
53
Eight Bit Tiger
1
 
0.001
1.001
icon
54
Future Rock
 
1
0
1
icon
55
Mike Golden & Friends
1
 
0
1
icon
56
Steve Knecht
1
 
0
1
icon
Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions - W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

 

 

 





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