Detroit, MI

Blending driving, distorted guitars with New Wave synths and frenetic beats, Detroit duo Silverghost’s flashback sound manages to capture the spirit and essence of good ’80s Alternative music without coming off too much like a retro novelty. The boy/girl vocal trade-off is also effective because, instead of, say, Human League, it more resembles a fantasy group fronted by Mark Mothersbaugh and Siouxsie Sioux. Instead of winking and making fun of the ’80s, Silverghost actually sounds like it’s tributing the best music of that decade.

Dig It: Devo, Berlin, The Cure, The Banshees. (MB)