Royal Bangs

Knoxville, TN

Music-hungry and aggressively touring since high school, this noisy, digital-age Rock trio’s lineup has mysteriously multiplied at times, but in 2006, they found magic. Their homemade album We Breed Champions landed in the hands of Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), who re-released it on Audio Eagle Records. The rabbit was out of the hat, and the Bangs opened a slew of Black Keys shows, later playing such hot spots as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The band’s sophomore album, Let It Beep, deals out an even stronger hand of Euro-Dance/Electronic card tricks.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Your computer comes alive, eating up ’70s Rock for lunch. (C.A. MacConnell)