Set to release their debut U.S single “What A Drag” this February on Cantora Records, Bear Hands have an opportunity to take 2010 by storm. Employing a nearly perfect combination of raw percussion, catchy bass lines and sharp vocals, Bear Hands live up to the heavy hype surrounding them since touring with Passion Pit and MGMT over the summer. Download the track and a Cale Parks remix below. Bear Hands – What A

We’re very pleased to have BLISS alum and one of our best musical buddies join resident DJ Will Eastman on the decks this month. Steve Hawley, front man of disco funk dance outfit CODEBREAKER will play slammin disco and house to uplift our hearts as we raise funds to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. A portion of proceeds from this month’s BLISS, Saturday January 23 at the

Yes Giantess producer and Passion Pit synth-bro Ayad Al Adhamy (Bo Flex) made a serious dent in 2009, releasing a solid stock of high profile remixes including Phoenix’s 1901. Always looking out for our DC homies, we wanted to re-visit Bo Flex‘s remix of Keep It Cool by local favorite US Royalty. And if you’re in need of a guaranteed party starter, download the Sleepyhead remix as well (Fresh Prints approved).

Theophilus London‘s debut video Humdrum Town made its online premier today. Feathered with karaoke bars and moped rides, it’s no wonder Theo is the coolest kid in class. Theophilus London – Humdrum Town (mp3)

As far as Midwestern lo-fi indie-pop goes, Minneapolis duo Red Pens are the talk of the town. A recent wave of steller reviews helped them find a home on Grain Belt Records where they will be releasing their album Reasons on March 9th. Already garnering comparisons to Sonic Youth and The White Stripes, expect a lot from Red Pens in 2010. Red Pens – Children And The Kids (mp3)