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Three local bands to pay attention to in the new year

From Electric Guest’s hit album Mondo to Midi Matilda’s wave of hit music videos, it’s been a good year for Bay Area artists. Luckily, bands come out of the woodwork in this city, so there’s still plenty to look forward to in 2013. Here, three bands to pay attention to. 

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The four-piece indie pop band have a sound reminiscent of Phoenix: upbeat with a steady rhythm to carry the melody. The band is originally from Ripon, a small town right outside Tracy in the central valley, but their music sounds as if it were written beachside during our Indian summer. Check them out January 5th at the Brick and Mortar.

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The soul-meets-lo-fi Berkeley/Oakland-based band is a mixture of India Arie-esque vocals (provided by Sandra Lawson-Ndu), tribal percussions, and rolling beats. They’ll be touring in the new year, but their name is subject to change. Beauty of a new band is your input actually counts. Check out their Soundcould page, then visit their Facebook to give them your ideas for band names.

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Good things seem to come from Fleet Foxes spin-offs. What began as a long-distance collaboration between Fleet Foxes members Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott and their Bay Area-based friends Ian and Peter Murray, transformed into their first album self-titled album release on Sub Pop records. Their songs flow like lullabies, with the hymn-like harmonies Fleet Foxes is known for. They’ll be at the Rickshaw this Friday, the 14th, but expect to hear more from them in 2013.