The Aviation Orange

Brooklyn, NY

The Aviation Orange cranked out a fantastic set at Below Zero last year for MidPoint, its Wall-of-Pop synth sound filling the space like sharply spiced incense. The Brooklyn quintet clearly has an affinity for ’80s Pop but luckily the members stir in plenty of contemporary edge to differentiate themselves from their innocuous counterparts from two and a half decades ago. The band’s debut album, Physical, was a marvel of rippling atmospherics, and its impending new EP seems cut from the same bolt.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The Thompson Twins, OMD and Spandau Ballet have a smackdown cool-athon with Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and Modest Mouse. (Brian Baker)