Empires – Please Don’t Tell My Lover

Modern funk rockers apparently positioning themselves as the successors to Franz Ferdinand. Lacking the innovation or OTT strut of that outfit, replacing those traits with pop song sensibility and a wry indie sense of humour.

Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band – She Can See Me

A well-formed little nugget of guitar pop. Plenty of energy, cheer and oh-woahs to keep things moving along. A bit OK Go, a bit Brendan Benson, a bit all sorts of stuff you could name.

Night Terrors of 1927 ft Tegan & Sara – When You Were Mine

Very much consistent with Tegan & Sara’s new happy-go-retro vibe, this rather Echo & The Bunnymen offering is oh so urban hipster love story. Happy hipsters? I just don’t know.

TV on the Radio – Happy Idiot

Restrained, semi-electric pop by Brooklyn hipsters. Awkwardly 80s yet still contemporary, which is perhaps to be expected with their list of past collaborators including Bowie, NIN and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The Faults – Alexander

Claiming the legacy of bands like INXS, The Church and Wolfmother,¬†with a nudge from The White Stripes and The Libertines, The Faults wear their influences on their sleeves. The band labels itself 60s indie but I’m also hearing 80s pub rock mixed in with new wave done with the restraint of the contemporary hipster. Cool stuff from this Aussie two-piece, more likeable with each listen.

Bear Hands – Agora

An alternatively beseeching and pushy statement by the musical equivalent of pale, slightly creepy guys locked in bedrooms. Quirky rock with a streak of electro, the odd bit of R&B, affectations of new wave and a hint of nu-metal: an NY gen Y mocktail.

The Black Keys – Bullet in the Brain

A wee bit pretentious and meandering, and somewhat loose in its general execution and dynamic emphasis, but a strong chorus and the underlying sense of self-confidence make this moody indie done pretty well.