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 fromĀ Red Pens in 2010. Red Pens – Children And The Kids (mp3)

French electro-baller Danger is gearing up to release his new EP titled 09/17 2007 later this month, and judging by theĀ 16 bit teaser trailer and mp3 (see below), it will not disappoint. If you have a chance to see Danger live, DO NOT MISS OUT. I saw him in Berlin a while back and he absolutely destroyed it. Cop the teaser track as well as a classic Danger remix below.

Hailing from the nations capitol, The Caribbean offer a refreshing take on experimental pop. Their 2007 release “Populations” illustrates their distinctive sound and fully reveals frontman Michael Kentoffs’ lyrical depth. Populations (2007) The Caribbean – The Go From Tactical (mp3) Plastic Explosives (2005) The Caribbean – Siamese Sons (mp3) The Caribbean – First And Apple (mp3)

In 2009, Phoenix (a BLISS favorite back to their first record, United, and our very first event in 2000) made the indie album of the year, pulling heartstrings of bloggers and Madison Avenue (Cadillac commercials) alike. Phoenix – 1901 (mp3) Producers were the heroes of 2009. They took dance floors to new levels of insanity and beauty. Favorites of the year are Classixx, Doorly, Harvard Bass, Laidback Luke, Nadastrom, and