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Top Ten Unsigned Chart

May 1, 2007

Top Ten Unsigned Chart

The Top Ten Unsigned Chart is editor-in-chief Stephen Carradini’s completely and totally subjective listing of the best bands he’s found on Purevolume.com. You can visit the ongoing experiment/project at Purevolume.com’s General Promotion message board. If you want to submit your band for the chart and see where you fall, do so at the homepage[url”>. Until then, enjoy the bands in this chart.

Top 10 4/20/07

1. Pioneer– Pioneer covers a wide range of earthy tones, from weary folk/pop drink-alongs to Bright Eyes-esque country-rock.

2. The Skies We Built – Riding the line between head-in-the-clouds dream pop and grounded indie-pop with a wonderful vocalist.

3. Philip Uster and the House Floor – Decemberists + Interpol + At the Drive-In = The House Floor. It’s quirky, unpredictable and exciting.

4. Shineola– Heavy, grungy guitars greet you, but it’s the strong rhythms and barely-contained vocals that will keep you listening.

5. ReedKD– The primarily acoustic singer/songwriter branches out in all directions of beauty– multi-instrumented folk, indie-pop, balladry, and more.

6. Detonate – Ska and screams have never met so perfectly and playfully as in Detonate’s exciting amalgam.

7. Revolution Love– The completely awesome second coming of Smashing Pumpkins, in all their nasal, garagey, grungy glory.

8. The Hit and Runs – Gleeful, cheeky ska-inflected pop/rock complete with audience-including group yells.

9. Daily Lyrical Product– The rhymes are solid and intelligent, the vocal flow is very smooth, and the beats are organic and innovative – I can’t ask for much more in a rap group.

10. The Reverent One– Pulse-pounding, moody, satisfying electronica.

Honorable Mentions: Red Sea Station (guitar-pop), The Canon Logic (pop), Peter (singer/songwriter), and Angel’s Mistake (Wide-eyed, romantic, melodic piano-pop with strong songwriting and decent recordings).

Stephen Carradini and friends write reviews of bands that are trying to make the next step in their careers.

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