This weekend’s countdown is bound to get you out of your chairs and to clear out some dancing space. Some artists threw away their traditional guitar-dominance and took on new genres. Others stuck to their guns and kept our heads thrashing. And of course, there’s Arcade Fire, who continue to steal our hearts with each new tease of Reflektor. Dance with us from #10-#1.
10. White Denim – “Looking For A Place To Start”
The latest step towards White Denim’s hotly anticipated new album, Corsicana Lemonade, proves that the band’s guitar wizardry is infinitely entertaining. While their past releases are coated in crunching distortion (“Pretty Green”) and blues rock cruising (“At Night in Dreams”), “Looking for a Place to Start” finds them in a more psychedelic playground filled with woozy wah effects and funky bass textures, its sustained organ pumps resembling those of The Doors. While White Denim has always had a slight resemblance to The Black Keys, they hit upon the formula with the same deep conviction. –Sam Willett