When a new-band contest gets 223 submissions, it’s inevitable that some groups slip through the cracks. Hell, we whiffed on a little band called Howler back in 2011. So here’s a collection of notable nuggets panned from the Are You Local? river in 2013.
Fury Things: The dream of the ’90s is alive in Fury Things. The young trio trades in a bombastic, distortion-rich vein of indie rock that recalls Sugar and Sebadoh. See them March 9 at the Amsterdam.
Caetani: Let’s say Metric and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs got bizzy. The offspring from that unreasonably hot union would sound a lot like Caetani, frontwoman Brianna Kocka’s gloomily lush project that isn’t lacking in guitar oomph, either.
The Magikatz: Stoner indulgence or pure genius? Tough to say, but there’s something to this duo’s impression of a young Wayne Coyne fronting Led Zeppelin.
Niki Becker: The singer-songwriter won’t floor you lyrically, but her crisp voice and thoughtfully arranged indie-pop should please fans of Rilo Kiley.
Bear the Sound: The trio handled our rock-critic legwork by submitting under the “Electric Acid Shoegaze Folk Dub” genre. With chunky guitars and delightfully droned vocals, Bear the Sound should be taken seriously.
End Quotes: The group lacks polish, but its thoughtful emo approach suggests a fuzzy-pop DNA similar to the Thermals.
Geodesique: Avoid if you’re into warmth. In the mold of the Knife or Phantogram, the gothy and stylized trip-hop trio is all about supplying the gloomy party. They’re playing Big V’s on March 16.
Sans Caballo: New to the point of barely possessing a Web footprint. This uncanny amalgam of Beck and the Eels’ sensibilities is worth keeping a tab on.
Holographic Sands: College-aged trio has no shortage of inspiration, with sonic cues ranging from folk to jangle pop to psych-rock. Think rough-hewn Dr. Dog.
Gloss: With the pluck of New Order and the dreamy haze of Beach House, local shoegazers will find plenty to like. Catch them Tuesday at the Entry.